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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.

  • 1

    Rosa Parks

    Dec. at 92 (1913-2005)

    BirthplaceTuskegee, 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 States...  more

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  • 2

    Aretha Franklin

    Dec. at 76 (1942-2018)

    BirthplaceMemphis, 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 Bethel...  more

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  • 3

    Duke Ellington

    Dec. at 75 (1899-1974)

    BirthplaceWashington, 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 spanning more...  more

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  • 4

    Irving Berlin

    Dec. at 101 (1888-1989)

    BirthplaceMogilev 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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  • 5

    Celeste Holm

    Dec. at 95 (1917-2012)

    BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA


    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 for...  more

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  • 6

    Lionel Hampton

    Dec. at 94 (1908-2002)

    BirthplaceLouisville, 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 Goodman,...  more

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  • 7

    Miles Davis

    Dec. at 65 (1926-1991)

    BirthplaceAlton, Illinois, United States of America


    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 and...  more

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  • 8

    Elizabeth Cady Stanton

    Dec. at 87 (1815-1902)

    BirthplaceJohnstown, 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 of...  more


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  • 9

    George M. Cohan

    Dec. at 64 (1878-1942)

    BirthplaceProvidence, 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
  • 10

    Madam C. J. Walker

    Dec. at 52 (1867-1919)

    BirthplaceDelta, 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 the...  more
  • 11

    Otto Preminger

    Dec. at 81 (1905-1986)

    BirthplaceVyzhnytsia, 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
  • 12

    Olive Thomas

    Dec. at 26 (1894-1920)

    BirthplaceCharleroi, 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 to the...  more
  • 13

    Ben Gazzara

    Dec. at 82 (1930-2012)

    BirthplaceNew York, 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 Murder...  more

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  • 14

    Carrie Chapman Catt

    Dec. at 88 (1859-1947)

    BirthplaceRipon, 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 the...  more
  • 15

    Alexander P. de Seversky

    Dec. at 80 (1894-1974)

    BirthplaceTbilisi, Georgia


    Alexander Nikolaievich Prokofiev de Seversky was a Russian-American aviation pioneer, inventor, and influential advocate of strategic air power....  more
  • 16

    Nellie Bly

    Dec. at 58 (1864-1922)

    BirthplaceBurrell 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 in 72...  more

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  • 17

    Countee Cullen

    Dec. at 43 (1903-1946)

    BirthplaceNew 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 Renaissance....  more
  • 18

    Joseph Pulitzer

    Dec. at 64 (1847-1911)

    BirthplaceMakó, 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 York World....  more
  • 19

    Harry Carey

    Dec. at 69 (1878-1947)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America


    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 Senate...  more
  • 20

    Louis Marx

    Dec. at 86 (1896-1982)

    BirthplaceNew 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 by...  more
  • 21

    Levi Stubbs

    Dec. at 72 (1936-2008)

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America


    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 Motown hit...  more
  • 22

    Charles Evans Hughes

    Dec. at 86 (1862-1948)

    BirthplaceGlens 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 of...  more
  • 23

    Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney

    Dec. at 67 (1875-1942)

    BirthplaceNew 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
  • 24

    Herman Melville

    Dec. at 72 (1819-1891)

    BirthplaceManhattan, 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 Typee...  more

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  • 25

    Mary Stuart

    Dec. at 76 (1926-2002)

    BirthplaceMiami, 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