Calvary Cemetery, East Los Angeles

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Calvary Cemetery is a Roman Catholic cemetery operated by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, which is located in the East Los Angeles neighborhood of Los Angeles County, California, United States. It is also called "New Calvary Cemetery" because the graves in the original Calvary Cemetery on North Broadway were moved to the present location to make way for Cathedral High School.


The current site, measuring 137 acres, was dedicated in 1896. All Souls Chapel was built on the grounds in 1902, and was dedicated on All Souls' Day of that same year. Bishop George Thomas Montgomery offered a Solemn Pontifical Mass on a temporary altar at the site, and afterwards presided at the setting in place of the cornerstone. It was designed as a replica of the parish churchof St. Giles in the rural town of Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, in England. That church is believed to have been the setting of the famed 18th-century poem Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard. The chapel became one of the most visited places of worship in Southern California after its opening. All Souls Chapel is now used primarily for burial services.

The Main Mausoleum, with a new chapel, was built in 1936. It was designed by architect Ross Montgomery. Two additional mausoleums, Our Lady's Garden and Gethsemane, have since been built. The cemetery has its own chaplain and daily Mass is offered in the chapel of the Main Mausoleum.

Notable burials

  • Kathryn Adams (1893–1959), actress
  • King Baggot (1879–1948), actor, screenwriter/director
  • Lionel Barrymore (1878–1954), actor
  • Ethel Barrymore (1879–1959), actress
  • Eugenie Besserer (1868–1934), actress
  • Francelia Billington (1895–1934), actress
  • Richard Boleslawski (1889–1937), director
  • Mary Carr (1874–1973), actress
  • Helene Costello (1906–1957), actress
  • Lou Costello (1906–1959), actor and comedian
  • Dolores Costello (1903–1979), actress
  • Mae Costello (1882–1929), actress
  • Maurice Costello (1877–1950), actor
  • Edward L. Doheny (1856–1935), oil tycoon
  • Jack Dragna (1891–1956), Los Angeles crime family Boss
  • William W. Dixon (1838–1910), U.S. Representative (Democrat, Fifty-Second Congress). Later moved to Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
  • Irene Dunne (1898–1990), actress
  • Stepin Fetchit (1902–1985), comedian
  • Bryan Foy (1896–1977), film producer and director
  • Henry Gage (1852–1924), governor of California
  • Cedric Gibbons (1893–1960), prolific film art director and production designer
  • Elaine Hammerstein (1897–1948), actress
  • Ted Healy (1896–1937), actor
  • John Hodiak (1914–1955), actor
  • Mervin King (1914–2008), Los Angeles Police Department Captain
  • Emilio Kosterlitzky (1853–1928), Russian-born linguist and soldier of fortune
  • Leno La Bianca (1925–1969), murdered by the Charles Manson family
  • Timothy Manning (1909–1989), Roman Catholic cardinal, third Archbishop of Los Angeles
  • Bull Montana (1887–1950), wrestler, actor
  • Matt Moore (1888–1960), actor
  • Owen Moore (1886–1939), actor
  • Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton (1885–1941), musician
  • J. Carrol Naish (1897–1973), actor
  • Pola Negri (1894–1987), actress
  • Mabel Normand (1892–1930), actress and comedienne
  • Ramón Novarro (1899–1968), actor
  • Mary Philbin (1903–1993), actress
  • Jack Reagan (1883–1941), father of Ronald W. Reagan
  • Nelle Wilson Reagan (1883–1962), mother of Ronald W. Reagan
  • Hugo Reid (1811–1852), prominent early L.A. County resident, originally interred in El Campo Santo cemetery
  • Hal Roach, Jr. (1918–1972), film producer
  • Harry F. Sinclair (1876–1956), oil industrialist
  • Victor Varconi (1891–1976), Hungarian-born American actor
  • Jose Yarba (1892–1957), aka Mexican Joe Rivers, boxer
  • Eddie Collins (1883–1940), actor

Sources: wikipedia.org, wikimapia.org

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