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An amazing black cat named ‘Close Up’ lives in the 123-year-old icon Hollywood Forever Cemetery In Los Angeles, the final resting place of many Hollywood legends.
“My tiger profile on the flag! This should cement my status as a true icon. (Photo and flag by Tweet embed) “
Tours with Close Up the Cat
Each year, the cemetery, founded in 1899, receives thousands of visitors who come to pay their respects to Hollywood royalty such as Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Burt Reynolds and Rudolph Valentino. If they are lucky, they may also get a glimpse of the resident cat ready for their close-up.
Sometimes Close Up can be seen near the grave of director and producer Cecil B. DeMille, where he got his name.
“Cecil B. DeMille’s grave is one of my favorite places in the cemetery. It’s where I got my name ‘Close Up’.”
When the tour groups come, the friendly cat sometimes follows eye-catching poses on the tombstones. As you can see below, a cat’s best friend will strike sometimes too!
“A girl and her tiger 💕🪦🐈⬛💕🪦🐈⬛”
according to WeLikeLA.com:
“Carrie Bible, who hosts walking tours of the cemetery, gave the cat his name after noticing that he often hang out at the grave of director and producer Cecil B. DeMille. It’s a nod to Sunset Street (1950)—in which he played DeMille himself—and insults famous movie star Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson), “Okay, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for the close-up.”
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Hollywood celebrity kitten
According to the staff, Close Up has become a “little celebrity” in the cemetery, where visitors come only to see him and offer him a reward.
“He visits a lot with the people whose loved ones are buried there. He seems to have turned into a comforting cat for people, an emotional support cat, so to speak. There are many families he will cuddle with or sit with in a chair. And of course he gets a lot of food and treats,” said Michelin. Sherry, who volunteered to help the cats in 2007, “is really spoiled.”
However, he was not always very friendly. When he arrived about four years ago, he was called “Mr. Grow.”
“We used to call him Mr. Grolly,” he was so wild and tight-lipped that when he ate, he regretted turning away the other cats. “But he got so much attention that he became approachable,” Sherry said.
Colonies of feral cats in Hollywood forever
When visitors arrive, they may expect to see as many cats as Close Up, as the cemetery has managed to up to five Colonies of feral cats on the 65-acre property.
“Besides stars of Hollywood’s golden age, the cemetery was also home to colonies of feral cats, which can be seen resting on tombstones and near shrines,” Watchman reports.
Below, Close Up poses for a sexy photo shoot during an overnight tour.
“Tonight I have a night tour. I love going in sexy and grabbing things. I was born to be in the spotlight! 🌛🪦🐈⬛ “
life in hollywood forever
Here, feral cats have everything you could need. Shelters and ten feeding stations are available with wet and dry food and water for cats. Generally, cats hang out at the front wall of the cemetery near Santa Monica Boulevard. If he feels like it, Close Up might pop up to take a picture or two but it’s up to him.
“I spend my days greeting fans, taking photos, doing TV interviews, and driving tours. Sometimes I need to rest, and like Greta Garbo, I want to be alone. When you visit the cemetery, I will approach you if I feel like I’m in the spotlight. If not, please understand my need for privacy. Being famous can be stressful!!
Also, my caretakers make excellent food for me, so please avoid loading me up with rewards. My team is working hard to make sure I’m in peak condition. As always, I greatly appreciate my loving fans.”
Trap, Neutralize and Release (TNR) efforts
Hollywood Forever’s TNR (Trap, Neutral, Release) programs are ongoing. through efforts, Helping Michelin Cherie and the nonprofit FixNation To control the cat population from 60 to 65 cats fixed in 2021.
“We’re very busy, but we’ve been able to take the time over the years to do it because we think it’s important,” Cherie said. “We love animals and we love helping the cemetery,” she said.
As part of their efforts, they have helped more than 60 cats and kittens find homes.
Unlike most cemeteries, this cemetery is very active and lively, with plenty of activity in the California sunshine. Besides cats, visitors may see over 50 peacocks, Zeus, Helen, swans, geese, ducks, turtles, koi, raccoons, squirrels, possums, and rabbits. Somehow, they all tend to coexist in a small, peaceful kingdom.
“It’s kind of a miniature nature. [A]All animals get along well, and you can notice their respect for each other. Cats don’t chase birds. In fact, the opposite is true. Sometimes the birds will chase the cats around,” Sherry said.
“Sometimes I stand by the pond and enjoy the beauty of my vast kingdom. 🪦🐈⬛🪦🐈⬛🪦🐈⬛🪦🐈⬛🪦🐈⬛”
Surprisingly, birds tend to hang out in the vicinity of cat feeding stations.
Watch the latest members of my kingdom. Video Tweet embed“
Nearby lives in a cultural historical monument
Every day, people come and go among the palm trees, and walk through Fairbanks Park in a uniquely ethereal atmosphere.
Unlike most cemeteries, the site is also a cultural event center, with concerts, movie screenings, yoga meditation, and other events. yoga instructor Marie Decaro Sometimes “Kitty Yoga” classes are held to raise money for the Hollywood Forever Cat Colony and FixNation. This year, the cemetery is classified as Cultural historical monument.
“Sunset in my beautiful kingdom. photo from photography Tweet embed ⭐️💕🪦🐈⬛”
“I’m watching over my kingdom. 👑🪦🐈⬛🐢🦢🦆🐿🐟🦚”
Dia de los Muertos
Over the years, Hollywood Forever has become a staple in Los Angeles culture, writing “Southern California’s most popular outdoor movie event.” Los Angeles Magazine.
One of the annual events is the Dia De Los Muertos celebration, the largest outside of Mexico, which Michelene Cherie helps plan. This year marks the 23rd annual celebration, which runs for two days in November. As people enjoy celebrating the lives of loved ones who have died, it has become one of the The biggest celebrations in the region.
Below, Close Up has some perks for all festivities.
“I just ate brunch on my lovely Dia De Los Muertos!”
As you can see, there are many reasons for visitors to enjoy Hollywood forever, including ‘tiger chic’.
“Sometimes I stop liking my photo. Why not? I’m a very stylish tiger! Photo by Tweet embed ⭐️🪦🐈⬛⭐️🪦🐈⬛⭐️🪦🐈⬛”
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