On Saturday, September 29 at the Angelus Rosedale Cemetery, the West Adams Heritage Association (WAHA) presents the annual Living History Tour. Tour the grounds as Marilyn Monroe’s grandmother, and Buster Keaton’s cameraman come to life and join Jazz Age Performers-- Vaudeville Flappers, singers, dancers, magicians, and even a celebrity chef -- on this unique outdoor stage.
Did you know that the Angelus Rosedale Cemetery, located at Washington and Normandie is one of the city’s oldest, most historically significant cemeteries? Founded in 1884, it is now home to many generations of Los Angeles’s citizens, representing every race, faith, and creed. Each year, WAHA tells some of their life stories while touring the historic grounds amid elaborately-carved monuments of L.A.’s first lawn cemetery. You will meet some of Los Angeles’s most interesting early performers and entertainment industry personages (presented by costumed actors at graveside) portray the lives of a Civil War-era escape artist, a headlining dancer who lost her life in the 1933 Long Beach earthquake, a mezzo soprano who fought for civil rights, and a Chinese-American dancer/actor/MC, among other quirky characters.
This year’s tour commemorates not only Los Angeles’s longtime role as the center of this country’s entertainment industry, but also the roles several of these personages played in the larger history of civil rights. In addition, the tour memorializes the 150th anniversary of the Civil War (1861-1865).
This year’s portrayals will include:
Della Hogan Monroe, Marilyn Monroe’s colorful grandmother
Victor Dol, L.A.’s first chef trained in Paris, who opened a restaurant in 1876 that soon earned the nickname “Delmonico’s of the West”
Rita Carewe, a Jazz Age starlet and “BabyWAMPAS”(Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers) winner who appeared in films with Delores del Rio, Edward Everett Horton, and Mary Pickford