Graves of Famous People in Orange County

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Brandon Ferguson

Forsaking Beverly Hills, John Wayne made a home for himself in Newport Beach where he spent his last days piloting his yacht in the Balboa Harbor before making OC his permanent home (read: eternity). Overlooking the beautiful blue Pacific, Waynes grave sits atop a rolling hill in Pacific View Cemetery. Rumor has it, his plot went sans stone for two decades. Wayne died of cancer on June 11, 1979, a year after grave robbers successfully made off with silent film star Charlie Chaplins body in Switzerland. Waynes family reportedly feared his corpse would too be taken out to unknown pastures.

Orange County has birthed famous folks: Gwen Stefani, Will Ferrell, Steve Martin to name a few. But we've buried our fair share of stars including John Wayne and Bradley Nowell of Sublime. Taylor Hamby and Brandon Ferguson contributed to the photography and writing of this photo essay chronicling the death of the notables that are six feet under in this fair county.

Published on October 22, 2012

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ageofknowledge
ageofknowledge

Also how the author of this could have missed the late Corrie Ten Boom is beyond me. Her earthly remains reside at Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana, California.

ageofknowledge
ageofknowledge

It's sad to see all the good people that built Orange County dying off and being replaced by those of a far lower caliber.

 

The bar used to be way up there and now it's way down here and this generation doesn't even know the difference. 

briansays
briansays

"Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday."--John Wayne

Aux
Aux

Apparently, Karen Carpenter has been moved to the Valley.

 

Others in OC, I am told, include Carolyn Jones (original Morticia Addams), Walter Knott, Florence Griffith-Joyner, Gordon Jump (WKRP in Cincy), Jack Norworth (wrote "Take Me Out to the Ballgame"), Gavvy Cravath (baseball's all-time HR leader before Babe Ruth), Marie Callender, old-time baseball players Jimmy Austin and Jesse Barnes, and 1932 Olympic gold medalist Dallas Bixler. There has to be more.

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