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Famous People Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery

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List of famous people buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Celebrities are often buried in the highest caliber cemeteries, mausoleums and tombs, which is why we've created this list of celebrities buried in Woodlawn Cemetery. Here are also celebs who were buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park and notable people buried in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery. If you're ever visiting Woodlawn Cemetery and want to check out historic graves, then use this list to pinpoint exactly which burial locations you want to see.

While there are many Woodlawn Cemeteries, the most famous ones are located in Santa Monica, Detroit, Las Vegas, Bronx, Nashville, Syracuse, New York, and Washington, D.C. 

Examples of people on this list include Mark Twain and Miles Davis. 

This list answers the questions "Which famous people are buried in Woodlawn Cemetery?" and "Which celebrities are buried in Woodlawn Cemetery?"

From celebrity tombs at Woodlawn Cemetery to legendary locals, these are the most well-known people whose final resting place is Woodlawn Cemetery. You can find useful information below for these notable people buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, like what year and where the person was born.

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Rosa Parks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery
Dec. at 92 (1913-2005)

Birthplace: Tuskegee, Alabama, United States of America

Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) was an American activist in the civil rights movement best known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery bus boycott. The United ...more

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Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery
Dec. at 76 (1942-2018)

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, and civil rights activist. Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at New ...more

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Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery
Dec. at 75 (1899-1974)

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an American composer, pianist, and leader of a jazz orchestra, which he led from 1923 until his death over a career ...more

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Irving Berlin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery
Dec. at 101 (1888-1989)

Birthplace: Mogilev Region, Belarus

Irving Berlin (born Israel Isidore Beilin; Yiddish: ישראל בעילין‎; May 11, 1888 – September 22, 1989) was an American composer and lyricist, widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in ...more

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Celeste Holm is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery
Dec. at 95 (1917-2012)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Celeste Holm (April 29, 1917 – July 15, 2012) was an American stage, film and television actress.Holm won an Academy Award for her performance in Gentleman's Agreement (1947), and was nominated ...more

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Lionel Hampton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery
Dec. at 94 (1908-2002)

Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America

Lionel Leo Hampton (April 20, 1908 – August 31, 2002) was an American jazz vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist, and bandleader. Hampton worked with jazz musicians from Teddy Wilson, Benny ...more

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Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery
Dec. at 65 (1926-1991)

Birthplace: USA, Alton, Illinois

Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. He is among the most influential and acclaimed figures in the history of jazz ...more

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery
Elizabeth Cady Stanton Dec. at 87 (1815-1902)

Birthplace: Johnstown, New York

Elizabeth Cady Stanton (November 12, 1815 – October 26, 1902) was an American suffragist, social activist, abolitionist, and leading figure of the early women's rights movement. Her Declaration ...more

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George M. Cohan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery
Dec. at 64 (1878-1942)

Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America

George Michael Cohan (July 3, 1878 – November 5, 1942), known professionally as George M. Cohan, was an American entertainer, playwright, composer, lyricist, actor, singer, dancer and theatrical ...more

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Madam C. J. Walker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery
Madam C. J. Walker Dec. at 52 (1867-1919)

Birthplace: Delta, Louisiana

Sarah Breedlove (December 23, 1867 – May 25, 1919), known as Madam C. J. Walker, was an African-American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a political and social activist. Walker was considered ...more
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Otto Preminger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery
Dec. at 81 (1905-1986)

Birthplace: Vyzhnytsia, Ukraine

Otto Ludwig Preminger (, German pronunciation: [ˈpreːmiŋɐ]; 5 December 1905 – 23 April 1986) was an American theatre and film director, originally from Austria-Hungary. He directed more than 35 ...more
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Olive Thomas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery
Dec. at 26 (1894-1920)

Birthplace: Charleroi, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Olive Thomas (born Oliva R. Duffy; October 20, 1894 – September 10, 1920) was an American silent-film actress and model. Thomas began her career as an illustrator's model in 1914, and moved on ...more
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Ben Gazzara is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery
Age: Died at 82 (1930-2012)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

Biagio Anthony Gazzarra (August 28, 1930 – February 3, 2012), known as Ben Gazzara, was an American film, stage, and television actor and director. His best known films include Anatomy of a ...more

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Carrie Chapman Catt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery
Dec. at 88 (1859-1947)

Birthplace: Ripon, Wisconsin

Carrie Chapman Catt (January 9, 1859 – March 9, 1947) was an American women's suffrage leader who campaigned for the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which gave U.S. women ...more
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Alexander P. de Seversky... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery
Dec. at 80 (1894-1974)

Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia

Alexander Nikolaievich Prokofiev de Seversky was a Russian-American aviation pioneer, inventor, and influential advocate of strategic air power.
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Nellie Bly is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery
Dec. at 58 (1864-1922)

Birthplace: Burrell Township, Pennsylvania

Elizabeth Cochran Seaman (May 5, 1864 – January 27, 1922), better known by her pen name Nellie Bly, was an American journalist who was widely known for her record-breaking trip around the world ...more

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Countee Cullen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery
Dec. at 43 (1903-1946)

Birthplace: New York

Countee Cullen (born Countee LeRoy Porter; May 30, 1903 – January 9, 1946) was an American poet, novelist, children's writer, and playwright, particularly well known during the Harlem
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Joseph Pulitzer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery
Dec. at 64 (1847-1911)

Birthplace: Makó, Csongrád, Hungary

Joseph John Pulitzer ( PUUL-it-sər; Hungarian: [ˈpulit͡sɛr]; born József Pulitzer; April 10, 1847 – October 29, 1911) was a newspaper publisher of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the New ...more
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Harry Carey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery
Dec. at 69 (1878-1947)

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Henry DeWitt Carey II (January 16, 1878 – September 21, 1947) was an American actor and one of silent film's earliest superstars. One of his best known performances is as the President of the ...more

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Louis Marx is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery
Dec. at 86 (1896-1982)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Louis Marx (August 11, 1896 – February 5, 1982) was an American toy maker and businessman whose company, Louis Marx and Company, was the largest toy company in the world in the 1950s. Described ...more
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Levi Stubbs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery
Dec. at 72 (1936-2008)

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit

Levi Stubbs (born Levi Stubbles, June 6, 1936 – October 17, 2008) was an American baritone singer, best known as the lead vocalist of the R&B group the Four Tops, who released a variety of ...more

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Charles Evans Hughes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery
Dec. at 86 (1862-1948)

Birthplace: Glens Falls, New York, United States of America

Charles Evans Hughes Sr. (April 11, 1862 – August 27, 1948) was an American statesman, Republican Party politician, and the 11th Chief Justice of the United States. He was also the 36th Governor ...more
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Gertrude Vanderbilt Whit... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery
Dec. at 67 (1875-1942)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney was an American sculptor, art patron and collector, and founder in 1931 of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. She was a prominent social figure and ...more
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Herman Melville is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery
Dec. at 72 (1819-1891)

Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York

Herman Melville (born Melvill; August 1, 1819 – September 28, 1891) was an American novelist, short story writer, and poet of the American Renaissance period. Among his best-known works are ...more

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Mary Stuart is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery
Dec. at 76 (1926-2002)

Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States of America

Mary Stuart (born Mary Houchins; July 4, 1926 – February 28, 2002) was an American actress, guitarist, singer, and songwriter. A former silver screen starlet, she was perhaps best known for her ...more