Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Welcome to the Neighborhood, King of Pop

Looks like Franklin Avenue HQ is getting a new neighbor: According to the L.A. Times, Michael Jackson will finally be laid to rest on Aug. 29 at Glendale's Forest Lawn.

From the paper:

Jackson will be interred Aug. 29, which would have been his 51st birthday, in an intimate morning service for family and friends in the expansive cemetery's Great Mausoleum, according to a statement from the family publicist. The pop singer's remains will be placed in a crypt in the Holly Terrace section of the mausoleum, a massive building that is the final resting place for stars from film's golden age, such as Jean Harlow, Carole Lombard and Clark Gable.

Jackson, who spent lavishly on antiques and fancy reproductions, is to be placed in an area decorated by sculptures and bronzes of American icons, including George Washington, Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt on a property that has replicas of Michelangelo statues and a stained glass window depicting the "Last Supper."

In choosing Forest Lawn, Jackson's family opted for a place with the over-the-top qualities that the pop star loved in life and the privacy guarantees that eluded him. The 103-year-old property's 290 acres straddle the border of Glendale and Los Angeles. It changed the design of cemeteries by re-imagining them as park-like outdoor museums with rolling hills dotted by inspiring statues and uninterrupted by upright gravestones.

According to the paper, the Glendale Forest Lawn was once Southern California's largest tourist attraction.

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