Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery
The Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary is a Jewish cemetery located at 6001 West Centinela Avenue, in Culver City, California, United States. Many Jews from the entertainment industry are buried here. The cemetery is known for Al Jolson's elaborate tomb (designed by Los Angeles architect Paul Williams), a 75-foot-high pergola and monument atop a hill above a water cascade, all visible from the adjacent San Diego Freeway.
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Founded as B'nai B'rith Memorial Park in 1941 by Lazare F. Bernhard and Robert S. and Harry Groman, founders of Groman Mortuaries in 1936 and sons of Charles Groman, who co-founded the first licensed Jewish mortuary west of Chicago, Glasband-Groman-Glasband. The park was built on 35 acres of rolling hills in an undeveloped area near Inglewood. The park was renamed "Hillside Memorial Park" in 1942. Because of objections by the Inglewood Chamber of Commerce, they were not granted a permit to operate by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors until July 1943.
In 1951 the park became famous when Al Jolson's widow, Erle, purchased a large plot and had erected a 75-foot-high domed monument in his memory. Thousands attended the dedication and service, which included a eulogy by Jack Benny.
After a bitter legal dispute between the Groman brothers, and Robert's death in 1957, the park was acquired by Temple Israel of Hollywood, which continues to own and operate it.
Jack Benny's funeral in 1974 included a eulogy by Bob Hope and was attended by over 2000 people, including dozens of well-known members of the entertainment community. Major figures in the worlds of philanthropy, women's rights, law, education, medicine and religion are interred at Hillside, some of whom are listed below.
See also Category:Burials at Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery
- Irving Aaronson (1895–1963), composer
- Russ Alben (1929–2012), advertising executive and composer
- Van Alexander (1915–2015), musician
- Corey Allen (1934–2010), actor, director, producer and screenwriter
- Sheldon Allman (1924–2002), actor, singer and songwriter
- DJ AM (1973–2009), disc jockey
- Maria Altmann (1916–2011), refugee
- Army Archerd (1922–2009), journalist and television host
- Frank Bank (1942–2013), actor
- Sandy Baron (1936–2001), actor and comedian
- Gene Barry (1919–2009), actor
- Leonard Beerman (1921–2014), Reform rabbi
- Jack Benny (1894–1974), actor and comedian
- Henry Bergman (1868–1946), actor
- Milton Berle (1908–2002), actor and comedian
- Pandro S. Berman (1905–1996), producer and former head of RKO Radio Pictures
- Shelley Berman (1925–2017), actor and comedian
- Ted Berman (1919–2001), animator and director
- Helen Beverley (1916–2011), actress
- Theodore Bikel (1924–2015), actor and singer
- Mike Bloomfield (1943–1981), musician
- Ben Blue (1901–1975), actor and comedian
- Neil Bogart (1943–1982), founder of Casablanca Records
- Sorrell Booke (1930–1994), actor
- Saul Brandman (1925–2008), garment manufacturer
- Irving Brecher (1914–2008), screenwriter, producer, director
- Andrew Breitbart (1969–2012), political commentator
- Bernie Brillstein (1931–2008), producer and talent agent
- Richard Brooks (1912–1992), director
- Marion Byron (1911–1985), actress
- Susan Cabot (1927–1986), actress
- Eddie Cantor (1892–1964), actor, comedian, and singer
- Nell Carter (1948–2003), actress and singer
- Gilbert Cates (1934–2011), director and producer
- Jeff Chandler (1918–1961), actor
- Cyd Charisse (1922–2008), actress and dancer
- Ronni Chasen (1946–2010), publicist
- June Clayworth (1912–1993), actress
- Carl Cohen (1913–1986), businessman
- Mickey Cohen (1913–1976), mobster
- Max Factor, Sr. (1877–1938), cosmetics magnate
- Max Factor, Jr. (1904–1996), cosmetics businessman
- Percy Faith (1908–1976), musician
- Isadore Familian (1911–2002), faucet manufacturer
- Edith Flagg (1919–2014), fashion designer and businesswoman.
- Moe Franklin (1914–1978), MLB player
- Arthur Freed (1894–1973), producer and songwriter
- Friz Freleng (1906–1995), animator
- Mary Leona Gage (1939–2010), beauty queen
- Larry Gelbart (1928–2009), television writer
- Sid Gillman (1911–2003), Hall of Fame football coach
- Bernard Gilmore (1937–2013), composer
- William Goetz (1903–1969), producer and former head of Universal Studios
- Jerry Goldsmith (1929–2004), composer
- Mark Goodson (1915–1992), producer
- Eydie Gormé (1928–2013), singer
- Gogi Grant (1924–2016), singer
- Carl Greenberg (1908–1984), newspaper reporter and editor
- Hank Greenberg (1911–1986), MLB Hall of Famer
- Lorne Greene (1915–1987), actor
- Sally Insul (1916–2008), actress
- Ely Landau (1920–1993), producer
- Mark Landon (1948–2009), musician, actor
- Michael Landon (1936–1991), actor
- Abe Lastfogel (1898–1984), Chairman of the William Morris talent agency
- Sheldon Leonard (1907–1997), actor and producer
- A. Fredric Leopold (1900–2008), lawyer and Mayor of Beverly Hills
- Sammy Lerner (1903–1989), songwriter
- Sol Lesser (1890–1980), film producer
- Jules Levy (1923–2003), producer
- Peggy Lipton (1946–2019), actress
- Mary Livingstone (1905–1983), actress and comedian
- Abby Mann (1927–2008), screenwriter
- Daniel Mann (1912 –1991), director
- Hal March (1920–1970), actor and comedian
- Trudy Marshall (1920–2004), actress
- Tony Martin (1913–2012), actor and singer
- Marvin Mitchelson (1928–2004), attorney
- Howard Morris (1919–2005), actor and comedian
- Vic Morrow (1929–1982), actor
- Jan Murray (1916–2006), actor and comedian
- David Opatoshu (1918–1996), actor
- Norman Panama (1914–2003), director
- Joe Pasternak (1901–1991), producer
- Don Payne (1964–2013), screenwriter
- Poldek Pfefferberg (1913–2001), Holocaust survivor
- Julia Phillips (1944–2002), author and producer
- Paul Pink (1908–1996), founder of Pink's Hot Dogs
- Suzanne Pleshette (1937–2008), actress
- Tom Poston (1921–2007), actor
- Charlotte Rae (1926–2018), actress (cremated here)
- Deborah Raffin (1953–2012), actress and audiobook publisher
- Irving Reis (1906–1953), radio producer, radio and film director
- Paul Richards (1924–1974), actor
- Harry Richman (1895–1972), singer and actor
- Leo Robin (1900–1984), composer
- Sid Rogell (1900–1973), producer
- Stanley Ralph Ross (1935–2000), writer and actor
- Benny Rubin (1899–1986), actor
- Jerry Rubin (1938–1994), Yippie turned businessman, member of the Chicago Seven
- Barney Ruditsky (1898–1962), New York City detective turned Hollywood private investigator.
- Billy Sands (1911–1984), actor
- Connie Sawyer (1912–2018), actress
- Sherwood Schwartz (1916–2011), television producer; creator of Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch
- Irene Mayer Selznick (1907–1990), theatrical producer
- Freddie Sessler (1923–2000), entrepreneur
- Dan Seymour (1915–1993), actor
- Dick Shawn (1923–1987), actor and comedian
- Allan Sherman (1924–1973), actor, comedian, and singer
- Robert B. Sherman (1925–2012), songwriter
- Dinah Shore (1916–1994), singer, actress and television host (partial cremated remains)
- Sammy Shore (1927–2019), comedian
- Julius Shulman (1910–2009), architectural photographer
- George Sidney (1916–2002), director and producer
- Al Silvera (1935–2002), MLB player
- Aaron Spelling (1923–2006), producer
- Bud Swartz (1929–1991), MLB player
- Lela Swift (1919–2015), director and producer
- Irving Wallace (1916–1990), author
- Jack M. Warner (1916–1995), film producershhshzhs
- Lew Wasserman (1913–2002), agent, studio executive
- Paul Francis Webster (1907–1984), songwriter
- Jerry Weintraub (1937–2015), talent agent, concert promoter, film producer
- Shelley Winters (1920–2006), actress
- Stan Winston (1946–2008), makeup artist
- Dennis Wolfberg (1946–1994), actor and comedian
- Sol M. Wurtzel (1890–1958), film producer
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