Saturday, December 1, 2012

Final Resting Place

Tragically Marie's life came to an end on October 21, 1965. She had died from an overdose of percodan at the young age of forty-two. Marie is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. Only fifty people attended her funeral which took place on Saturday, October 24, in the Church of the Recessional. Among the mourners were her parents, her three children, her husband Donald, her former husband Lou Bass, her friend Red Douglas, and actor Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Three of the pallbearers were lawyers who had worked on her numerous divorces. The eulogy was given by Reverend Richard L. Brooks of Chalsworth Methodist Church. He told Marie's children "When a child loses his mother early in life, it seems like life will stretch on endlessly with the loss. You have learned to love the love you have received from her". Marie's sixth husband Donald F. Taylor was buried next to her when he died in January 1966. He was unable to live without her and committed suicide in the same bedroom where she had died. Shortly before her death Marie told a reporter "I want them to forget The Body and remember Marie McDonald".
Marie's daughter Denise (right) at the funeral
Forest Lawn Memorial Park is located at 1712 S. Glendale Avenue and is open every day from 8AM until 5PM. Marie's grave is in the Freedom Mausoleum's Sanctuary of Heritage. Many other stars are buried in that mausoleum including Clara Bow, George Burns, Dorothy Dandridge, Nat King Cole, and Jeanette MacDonald. As of 2013 the mausoleum is open to the public and fans are allowed to visit Marie's crypt.
 The Freedom Mausoleum
The Church of the Recessional