Death is the great equalizer, and nowhere is that more evident than at Inglewood Park Cemetery, where not only do many of America's jazz and blues greats lie in repose — Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Etta James, Chet Baker and Big Mama Thornton — but where an eclectic who's who of other notables is interred. Actress and pinup girl Betty Grable, burlesque icon Gypsy Rose Lee, a whole passel of Los Angeles mayors from Fletcher Bowron to Tom Bradley, Batman's original Joker Cesar Romero, billionaire Kirk Kerkorian and ventriloquist Edgar Bergen all can be found here. Architecture fans will find Paul Revere Williams, and O.J. Simpson trial buffs will come across “dream team” members Robert Kardashian and Johnnie Cochran. “Grand Canyon Suite” composer Ferde Grofé and boxer Sugar Ray Robinson are here, too, as are dozens of names that film enthusiasts will recognize — directors, cinematographers, editors and screenwriters. Opened in 1905, this vast memorial park lays claim to building the nation's first community mausoleum and, more recently, to constructing its largest one. But there's plenty of room for the living, as well as maps to guide them around.
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