Tombstones of the famous

Found via the usual clickbait. Article here.

They saved the best for last:

“I told you I was sick!”

I’ve seen James Dean’s, it really was covered in lipstick and cigarettes.
And I’ve been to Arlington National Cemetery, so the Kennedy family’s plot; while I knew the story and should have expected to see it I still teared up at little Patrick’s headstone being there, the baby having been re-interred when his father was in March 1967 (much like Lincoln’s son was re-interred w/ his father after Lincoln’s assassination).

My brother is really into visiting graves of the famous and infamous…he’s even tracked down the grave of of his birth doctor. There are websites where people post the GPS coordinates of the graves --a good thing when he’s scouting a cemetery with multiple ex-people he wants to add to his list.

That’s a little much for my tastes, but I did make a point of visiting Doc Holliday’s grave in Glenwood Springs. If I recall correctly they don’t know where he’s actually buried (or if he’s even buried there at all) but they put up a tombstone so people would have a place to leave bottles of whisky and playing cards in remembrance.

I’ve seen Jim Morrison’s, Colette’s, Chopin’s, Edith Piaf and more at Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris. Also a shitload of royalty and other famous Brits at Westminster Abbey. And another boatload of royalty at The Royal Pantheon of the House of Braganza in Lisbon, Portugal. Saw Buffalo Bill, Calamity Jane and Seth Bullock in Deadwood, SD.

No famous quotes though, if that’s what you’re after.

Mel Blanc was The Man With a Thousand Voices, whose voice is familiar to anyone who has ever watched a Buggs Bunny or Daffy Duck cartoon. He is buried in the Hollywood Forever cemetery in LA, and his epitaph is “That’s all, folks!”

You must be thinking of Wild Bill Hickock. Buffalo Bill Cody is buried near Golden, CO.

I make that mistake all the time for some reason. Yeah, ‘Wild’, not ‘Buffalo’.

That’s on British comedian Spike Milligan’s tombstone. It’s in Australia, and it’s written in Gaelic to avoid complaints of irreverence.

Lots of them in here

I work a few miles from Jimi Hendrix’s gravesite. Been there a few times. Don’t know if he really like the color purple but there is a lot of purple stuff left there.

I live within a couple blocks of several cemeteries and often visit some as I travel about. Never got into doing rubbings or the like but one could almost call it a sort of hobby. Even belonged to the Association for Gravestone Research for a while. But I’m more attracted to more the everyday people than the famous.

I “forced” my mom to drive me, during this horrible downpour, to see Bruce Lee’s grave in Seattle. This was in '75, just a couple years after he passed.

I’ve been to the Saint Louis Cemetery in New Orleans specifically to check out the crypt of Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. People leave offerings. I had some cigars in my pocket, so I left one for her.

I posted a picture on Facebook of me kneeling in prayer alongside her crypt. I thought it was funny. Someone posted an angry rant as a comment on the picture. I replied to that with a picture of a voodoo doll I had purchased in NOLA, captioned, “you’d better watch out”. Heh. Got unfriended.

Tangentially related, if you are into Geocaching, I can almost guarantee you that there is a geocache in or near just about every cemetery in the world. Even small, obscure, hidden plots with a single interree usually have one.

When I was there, a couple of bus loads of Polish school kids crowded around Chopin’s grave. They were crying like he’d just died and they personally knew him.

And Oscar Wilde’s tomb was entirely covered by lipstick kisses.

My favorite was Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. They were buried in adjacent plots, head-to-head, separated by a single headstone, inscribed on both sides. There were lots of pebbles on that stone.

I’ve not been there for a while, when did Sussex move to Australia?

He was buried in a very deep hole. 7,000 miles deep. :slight_smile:

I have visited a cemetery where many famous people are buried and was
surprised by the items that visitors left on the grave sites. There was
a small plastic bat on Bella Lugosi’s grave. Very close by was the grave
of Bing Crosby with a piece of sheet music lying next to it. A small photo
of the cast of the Wizard of Oz was on Jack Haley’s grave. (Haley played
the Tin Man in the famous 1939 movie. Also, Ray Bolger who played the
Scarecrow, can be found in the same cemetery.)

On another visit there was a set of plastic fangs on Lugosi’s grave and
next to Sharon Tate’s tombstone I noticed several cards with messages
written inside them.

There is a pretty well known DC cemetery about a block from my house. Among its residents are Alice Roosevelt, Tim Russert, Henry Adams, Doug Allison (baseball hall of famer), and Upton Sinclair. When I lived in Russia, I’ve paid my respects at the graves of Tolstoy, Gogol and Bulgakov.