March 23, 2015

Tour Peter Lorre’s Final Resting Place

For more than 10 years, film historian Karie Bible has conducted tours of the Hollywood Forever cemetery, usually on Saturday mornings at 10 am. Her "Cemetery of the Stars" tour includes the graves of Peter Lorre, Cecil B DeMille, Marion Davies, Tyrone Power, Rudolph Valentino, director John Huston, Carl Switzer, and William Desmond Taylor, among others.

But Lorre fans in the Los Angeles area might be especially interested in joining her on Wednesday, March 25 – the 51st anniversary of Peter’s interment at Hollywood Forever.

Tickets are $15. Reservations are not required. Tour dates and times can be confirmed by calling (818) 517-5988.

The tour begins at 10 am at the flower shop, located near the cemetery entrance.

Karie Bible offers three different tours of Hollywood Forever – "The Cemetery of the Stars Tour", "The Jewish Heritage Tour", and "The Hidden Hollywood Tour". Tour times and dates are listed on her website.

Hollywood Forever is located at 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, in Los Angeles, California, 90038.

Parking is available in the lot inside the cemetery gates.

In the pages of The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, Stephen D. Youngkin recounts Peter’s final days, his death on Mar. 23, 1964, and his funeral on Mar. 25.

In the midst of divorce procedures from his third wife Annemarie, Peter was found in his nightclothes, lying on the floor near the window of his small apartment off Hollywood Boulevard. He had suffered a massive stroke. Two days later, his body was prepared for burial at Pierce Brothers, then located directly across the street from the Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery, the cemetery now known as Hollywood Forever.

Vincent Price, Peter's co-star on five movies, including three at American International Pictures, delivered the eulogy, the text of which is printed in full in The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre. The eulogy is a moving tribute to Peter – and to all actors.

Peter was cremated and his ashes inurned privately. His niche is in Corridor C of the Alcove of Reverence, in the Abbey of the Psalms, located in the corner of the cemetery closest to Paramount Studios, where he once worked on the 1947 movie My Favorite Brunette, with Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour. His third wife Annemarie shares the niche – but their ashes are not co-mingled.

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre is available in soft-bound and hard-back editions, as well as the Kindle and Nook.

Rest in peace, Peter Lorre. "In the hearts of those who love you, you will live on."

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