Okay sometimes I’m a morbid guy and want to do the unusual. Saturday was the day to visit some dead celebrities at the Westwood Memorial Park located between Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. This was a tiny and obscure cemetery until baseball great Joe DiMaggio planted his ex-wife, 36 year-old Marilyn Monroe in a crypt there. Today, Westwood Memorial park has more stars per square foot than any cemetery in the world.
They let tourists in with cameras and I of course brought in my video camera and tripod and was having a ball until an official with the park threw me, and the camera out when I was at Chicago’s very own, singer Minnie Riperton’s grave. I was invited to get rid of the video camera and downgrade to a still camera and return. Through the magic of desktop video editing you’ll see I didn’t miss much.
Before I was evicted, Marilyn Monroe and I caught some quality time with my video camera. Don’t ask me what it was but Marilyn’s resting place seemed to be healing. I was at in a special place for sure. Who can blame Playboy publisher, Hugh Heffener for shelling out the big bucks for the crypt next to Marilyn’s for his own ride to the hereafter?
Sit back for a few minutes and watch what I experienced during this adventure.
Here is original film of Marilyn's memorial service in Westwood.