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Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery

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Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery
Portal of the Folded Wings, Shrine to Aviation
Established1923; 100 years ago (1923)
CountryUnited States
Size63 acres (25 ha)
Find a GraveValhalla Memorial Park Cemetery

Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery is located at 10621 Victory Boulevard in North Hollywood and Burbank, California.

The cemetery has an entrance called the Portal of the Folded Wings Shrine to Aviation that is the final resting place for aviation pioneers—barnstormers, daredevils and sundry architects of aviation. It has memorials to Amelia Earhart and others, honoring their accomplishments.

Among those interred are celebrities from the entertainment industry.[1]

The shrine, with a colorful tiled dome and female figures stretching their arms to the heavens, was built as the entrance to the cemetery. It was named for the hall of Odin, the Norse god of slain warriors.


Valhalla was founded in 1923 by two Los Angeles financiers, John R. Osborne and C. C. Fitzpatrick. The Spanish Mission Revival entrance structure was designed by architect Kenneth McDonald Jr. For the decorative stone castings, McDonald hired Italian-born sculptor Federico A. Giorgi, who had created 30-foot-tall (9.1 m) statues of elephants and lions for the 1916 epic film Intolerance, and helped to craft the exterior of downtown's Million Dollar Theater. The gateway to the new cemetery cost $140,000.

The rotunda was dedicated March 1, 1925, with a concert by English contralto Maude Elliott. Picnickers spread blankets on the surrounding grassy expanse between three reflecting pools and flat cemetery markers, which were a new concept at the time. It became a tourist attraction and was used for concerts that were broadcast over radio station KELW by station owner Earl L. White. Just five months after the dedication, Osborne and Fitzpatrick were convicted of fraud. They had repeatedly sold the same burial plots—as many as 16 times—and netted a profit of $3–4 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. They were fined $12,000 each and sentenced to 10 years in prison, but served less than three years.[2]

State control

Fountain at Valhalla Memorial Park

The cemetery was taken over by the state of California. It is unclear how long the state owned the 63-acre (250,000 m2) cemetery, but Pierce Brothers bought it in 1950 and, within two years, closed the rotunda to vehicle traffic and moved the entry to the cemetery from Valhalla Drive in Burbank to Victory and Cahuenga boulevards in North Hollywood. There, they opened a two-story office building and mortuary.

On December 17, 1953—the 50th anniversary of Orville and Wilbur Wright's 12-second powered hop at Kitty Hawk—the rotunda was rededicated as the Portal of the Folded Wings, through the efforts of aviation fan and cemetery employee James Gillette.[3] During the ceremony, the cremated remains of Walter R. Brookins, the first aviator to take a plane to an altitude of a mile and the Wright brothers' first civilian student, were interred.

When sculptor Giorgi died in 1963, he was buried outside the structure, near his masterpiece. Gillette was also buried outside, near the shrine he helped found.

Fountain, GW Memorial, Valhalla Cemetery

The memorial was featured in Visiting... with Huell Howser Episode 426.[4]


The cube-like shrine building was heavily damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake but restored and rededicated in 1996. Two years later, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Sale of property

Amelia Earhart Memorial at Portal of the Folded Wings

In 1958, Pierce Brothers sold its family-owned chain of Southern California mortuaries and cemeteries to Texas financier Joe Allbritton, who sold 20 acres (81,000 m2) of Valhalla for development.[2] In 1991, the cemeteries and mortuaries were acquired by Service Corp. International of Houston, but the Pierce Brothers sign remains at Valhalla.

Pioneers' resting place

Beneath the memorial tablets rest the remains of other aviation pioneers, including:

  • Augustus Roy Knabenshue (1876–1960), who in 1904 became America's first dirigible pilot. He also founded a dirigible passenger service, from Pasadena to Los Angeles, in 1912.
  • Evelyn "Bobbi" Trout (1906–2003), who held numerous records for endurance, mileage and altitude.
  • James Floyd Smith (1884–1956), who built and flew his own plane in 1912 and invented the free-type manually operated parachute for the Army in 1918.
  • Hilder Florentina Smith (1890–1977), who became a parachute jumper in 1914. Two years later, she became the first female pilot to fly out of the bean patch that later became Los Angeles International Airport. She was married to James Floyd Smith.
  • Matilde Moisant, the second American woman to earn her pilot certificate—two days after her friend, journalist Harriet Quimby. In 1911, Moisant let Quimby be first, because Quimby needed the extra acclaim: She wrote about air races and the thrill of flight.
  • John B. Moisant (1868–1910), who designed and built the first metal plane. Matilde Moisant was his sister.

Notable burials

Note: this is a partial list. Use the following alphabetical links to find a name.









Grave of Oliver Hardy






Gravestone of Mae Murray










See also


  1. ^ Fleming, Charles (February 9, 2019). "A great L.A. Walk: Valhalla Memorial Park in North Hollywood". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Bloom, Stephen G. "Valhalla Cemetery Records History of Famous, Forgotten". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 2, 2021.
  3. ^ Koontz, Giacinta Bradley. "History of Portal of the Folded Wings". Portal of the Folded Wings. Retrieved January 13, 2013.
  4. ^ "Library/Memorial – Visiting (426) – Huell Howser Archives at Chapman University".
  5. ^ Lee, Bill (2015). The Baseball Necrology: The Post-Baseball Lives and Deaths of More Than 7,600 Major League Players and Others. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland. p. 5. ISBN 978-1476609300. Retrieved January 2, 2021.
  6. ^ Bartlett, James (October 19, 2017). "On Halloween, a Deceased Child Star Gets the Sendoff He Deserves". LA Weekly. Retrieved January 2, 2021.
  7. ^ Wilson, Scott (2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons (3d ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland. p. 801. ISBN 978-1476625997.

External links

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