Many of us have an instinctual connotation with the term "unmarked grave" to that of a down-on-their-luck, penniless, pauper buried in an unmarked hole in the ground to be forgotten. And while that is true in some cases, the term encapsulates much more and includes names we would never have imagined.
Mourning a loved one is supremely personal. When a loved one was also admired by millions of people around the world, the presence of their fans can create unnecessary tension and added grief to the mourning family. Which is why even some of the largest personalities in life may have small, unremarkable memorials in death.
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Musician Roy Orbison is buried in Los Angeles, California at an unmarked gravesite. His family had originally intended to transfer him to another location, but he still remains.
- Age: Dec. at 52 (1936-1988)
- Birthplace: Vernon, Texas, United States of America
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Actor Fred Gwynne is buried in an unmarked grave in Finksburg, Maryland.
- Age: Dec. at 66 (1926-1993)
- Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
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Actor John Wayne was buried in an unmarked grave in Newport Beach, California. After 19 years of fans tracking down the grave's location to pay their respects, a small, bronze, memorial plaque was placed at the gravesite.
- Age: Dec. at 72 (1907-1979)
- Birthplace: Winterset, Iowa, United States of America
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Actor George C. Scott has unmarked grave in Brentwood, California.
- Age: Dec. at 71 (1927-1999)
- Birthplace: USA, Virginia, Wise