Celebrities are larger than life, but when they move from this world to wherever comes next their legacy often lasts. So much so that strangers and fans go out of their way to visit their graves!
Well the good news is that you can become one of those people, if it tickles your fancy. Here, in no particular order mind you, are 10 graves of the rich and famous, that you can visit.
1. Whitney Houston
This stunning songstress died in 2012 after accidentally drowning in a bathtub due to both drugs and heart disease. She is buried in Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey next to her father John Russell Houston who died in 2003. Her grave marker is in the shape of a teardrop, and engraved with ‘The Voice’ and her famed song lyric: “I will always love you”. Her daughter was also buried beside her after her recent death.
2. Bruce Lee
Certainly the most famous name in the martial arts world, Bruce Lee died in July of 1973 when he was just 32 years old after an allergic reaction to aspirin. Although he would never reach the peak of his fame, his potential has meant that his grave has been a popular spot for fans to visit. It is located in Seattle’s Lakeview Cemetery. Lee’s grave sits next to the grave of his son Brandon Lee, who died from a gun accident in 1993.
3. Princess Diana
Princess Diana died in 1997 following a car accident, and was buried a week later at Althorp, the large estate of the Spencer family (her maiden name). Despite an enormous turnout for the ceremony, which was also seen by record numbers on television, Diana was buried privately. Her grave is located on an island within the grounds of Althorp Park.. A path with 36 oak trees, one for each year of her life, leads to the lake. Nobody is allowed to visit the lake itself, but you can visit a shine near the island between July and early September.
4. Michael Jackson
The King of Pop died in June of 2009 and the entire world seemed to stop. His death is considered one of the most seminal moments in internet history with many sites crashing simply from the volume of people attempting to confirm the news. Jackson’s family wanted him to be buried at their home in Neverland, but it was against state law. Instead he was entombed in September at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. He is located in the Holly Terrace section, which is private, but memorials are located near by.
5. Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Kathleen Ruston, also known as Audrey Hepburn, was an actress and humanitarian from Britain considered one of the most naturally beautiful women of all time. She died in Switzerland in 1993, aged 63, of a rare cancer that originated in the appendix. She was interred at the Tolochenaz Cemetery in Switzerland, a small cemetery that overlooks the village.
6. Elvis Presley
Elves Presley, the king of rock ‘n’ roll died in August of 1977 after overdosing on prescription drugs. Being the performer that he was, Elvis ended up having two resting places. Initially the King was buried in a mausoleum in Forest Hills Cemetery in Memphis. However, so many fans and souvenir seekers messed with his grave that the entire thing (which included his mother’s body) was moved to Graceland where whey remain. You can see Presley’s grave on the Graceland tour, and more than 600,000 people visit every year.
7. Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe, born Norma Jean Mortenson, famed as the 1950s most popular sex symbol, died in 1962 after a probable suicide. Her death was so unexpected that many didn’t know how to respond. She was only 36. Monroe was interred at crypt number 24 in the Corridor of Memories at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery. Hundreds of people came to pay their respects, and that continues to this day, where people are literally falling over themselves to be buried near her. An auction for the crypt above Monroe’s reached $4.6 million.
8. Frank Sinatra
Francis Albert Sinatra, a.k.a. Frank Sinatra, was a jazz and traditional pop singer not soon forgotten, even though he died way back in 1998. The Rat Pack star was buried in the Desert Memorial Park, Cathedral City, California accompanied by a pack of Camel cigarettes and a bottle of Jack Daniels. If you’re planning to visit there are a number of other famous faces (or headstones) in the grave as well Sonny Bono. Carved into Ol Blue Eyes’ headstone are classic lyrics: “The best is yet to come”.
9. Jane Austen
A famed English novelist, Jane Austen was never recognised while she was alive for her writing achievements. Women at the time did not write, and she was not able to publish her works under her name, with them instead being listed as written “by a lady”. Austen began to feel unwell in 1816, and her health declined until her death the following year for reasons unknown. She was 41 years old. She was buried at Winchester Cathedral, in the western division. There now stands a plaque that makes note of her literary achievements, but it was only places there some time after her death.
10. Jimi Hendrix
James Marshall Hendrix entered the world in 1942 and left it as Jimi Hendrix just 27 years later in 1970. He was a rock artist and celebrated musician who holds a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He died as a result of a drug overdose, and was embalmed before being interred at Greenwood Cemetery in Renton, Washington. His body was later moved to a much bigger memorial, which features a dome of granite almost 30 feet high.
Which famous graves have you already visited?