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The bestselling guide to the lives, deaths, and final
resting places of our most enduring cultural icons, now revised and
completely updated.


Where Are They Buried? has
directed legions of fervent fans and multitudes of the morbidly curious
to the graves, monuments, memorials, and tombstones of the nearly 500
celebrities and antiheroes included in the book. By far the most
complete and well-organized guide on the subject, every entry features
an entertaining capsule biography full of little-known facts, a detailed
description of the death, and step-by-step directions to the grave,
including not only the name of the cemetery but the exact location of
the gravesite and how to reach it. The book also provides a handy index
of grave locations organized by state, province, and country to make
planning a grave-hopping road trip easy and efficient.

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Reviews for Where Are They Buried?: How Did They Die? Fitting Ends and Final Resting Places of the Famous, Infamous, and Noteworthy:

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Oct 04, 2016

Any collection of famous people's grave sites is going to be idiosyncratic. Ask 10 people whose graves they would like to visit and you will get 100 different answers. That said, this is the most comprehensive guide to the graves of the famous that you will find outside of Find-a-grave.

Mostly that is because -- without photographs of the grave monuments in question -- this book can include a whole lot of people whose ashes have been scattered. It seems a shame not to be able to leave a kitchen Any collection of famous people's grave sites is going to be idiosyncratic. Ask 10 people whose graves they would like to visit and you will get 100 different answers. That said, this is the most comprehensive guide to the graves of the famous that you will find outside of Find-a-grave.

Mostly that is because -- without photographs of the grave monuments in question -- this book can include a whole lot of people whose ashes have been scattered. It seems a shame not to be able to leave a kitchen knife at the grave of Alfred Hitchcock, but perhaps that's for the best. I would have loved to leave a rose at the grave of John Lennon, but the mosaic in the middle of Strawberry Fields in Central Park will have to do.

Included in the book is the grave of Fred Gwynne, best known at Herman Munster on TV. Gwynne is buried in an unmarked grave. Despite the directions to an unmarked plot where the author claims Gwynne is buried, the cemetery itself discourages visitors. It makes me sad that someone who gave such joy to strangers is consigned to the ground without a monument -- and those who might wish to leave thanks at his grave are turned away.

Be that as it may, this is an entertaining and comprehensive encyclopedia. I've gotten hours of fun from it. ...more
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Feb 11, 2008

I could not put this book down! As morbid as it sounded at first, I found myself buried in it, no pun intended, and was fascinated to read about various celebrities and other notorious folks and where they are buried. The author included a a few from most every genre of entertainment and a few that I've never heard of, too. This was a book I read over again and passed along to friends to read, too. Just a fun read overall!
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Dec 27, 2014

A book to satisfy my morbid curiosities! I've always loved reading short biographies of famous people; in this volume, I enjoy the succinct biographies of some of the greats. This book makes for a fun read-aloud or coffee table book.
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Jan 27, 2015

Read several out loud at the dining room table for meal time conversation. I think I enjoyed it the most and after about a few days of reading, the family got bored. My youngest kid asked me to read about Amy Winehouse and Tupac's deaths; but alack, they were not to be found.
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Nov 18, 2010

I am reading this book to my students for "Read Aloud" Mondays. This book is fantastic! The morbid side of me wants to know about the deaths of these famous people. I have read the kids the stories of Bruce and Brandon Lee, Phil Hartman, Jim Henson, and William Shakespeare.
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Jun 29, 2012

Michele found this for me for super sale on Kindle....my next iPhone read.

Now THIS was a long purse read! Finally finished. Somewhat interesting, but a lot of filler.

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Nov 24, 2009

After you get over the fact that it's kinda morbid and a a fact of life, this book was interesting. Consider it mini-bios of famous people from all walks of life.
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Dec 03, 2007

If you are interested in how famous people have died, this is the book for you. This book is divided into categories and provides a synopsis of how each person died and where they are buried. It made me want to read more about the people, including Howard Hughes.
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Dec 26, 2017

Mildly interesting tidbits, but somewhat inconsistent informing of final places, locations, and means. This was not so much "written" as reported, and in those moments that possibly were, Benoit was judgemental and almost cruel (see Anna Nicole Smith).
5

Mar 01, 2011

I am loving this book! Currently reading it, but its really good. I am morbid and like knowing how people died, where they died and things like that. This is a fun read for me, but it would also be ideal for someone doing a project on the deaths of famous people on today and yesterday...
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Mar 18, 2013

I love Hollywood lore, like some people absorb sports facts. So, I enjoyed the book. It was also unbalanced; some celebs had lengthy details about their deaths and burial whereabouts. Others were only briefly mentioned, almost like there were 2 different writers. I liked Benoit's style of writing (some humor thrown in) and would read another book of his.
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Aug 06, 2015

When I went to France last summer, we visited the town that Vincent Van Gogh died in. There are monuments to him there all over the place: a statue in the park, little gold circles with his name on it, and even the hotel where he died has a huge sign in front of it. Apparently for years that room wasn't rented out, not because Van Gogh died there but because a suicide had occurred there. We even visited a Van Gogh museum (if you can call a museum that features no artwork by Van Gogh and a weird When I went to France last summer, we visited the town that Vincent Van Gogh died in. There are monuments to him there all over the place: a statue in the park, little gold circles with his name on it, and even the hotel where he died has a huge sign in front of it. Apparently for years that room wasn't rented out, not because Van Gogh died there but because a suicide had occurred there. We even visited a Van Gogh museum (if you can call a museum that features no artwork by Van Gogh and a weird Greenfield Village but lamer and completely in French that). I thought I had seen everything to see involving Van Gogh until we got back on the bus and parked down the street. My French teacher then led us on a forty minute walk to a dusty little cemetery that happens to be the last resting place of Vincent Van Gogh and his brother Theo. As I stood by these two simple graves in the sweltering heat, I couldn't help but wonder why we had made the trek to see this. Why was it important to see the grave of a dead artist rather than his artwork?

I thought about Vincent Van Gogh and his simple headstone when I bought Where Are They Buried? at a Cracker Barrel. A book as weird as this one is just irresistible to a history geek to me. It's definitely a novelty book, but it is a fun one. I can only imagine the adventures Tod Benoit had trying to put this book together. In fact, I'd read a book about it. Nonetheless, his dedication to this project is admirable if not a little crazy. Where Are They Buried? is well organized, divided into sections for different areas of interest. It is a book you could easily skim to look for your favorites, but that's just not how I roll (so to speak). It is a little long at about 600 pages, but it is well-researched and inclusive. I definitely learned a few things, and Benoit's dry humor spiced up the pretty mudane bios. I don't know if I would visit every single grave in this book, but a few of them have now made it on my list.

Recommended to the history nuts. You know who you are. ...more
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Jul 14, 2012

The Famous Deceased

I just finished reading Where Are They Buried: How Did They Die? Fitting Ends and Final Resting Places of etc. by Tod Benoit. The enormously-long title perfectly describes this entertaining nonfiction book. Some may think the book is a bit morbid, but I found it endlessly fascinating. Maybe that's because my mother was a genealogist who taught me that cemeteries were pretty interesting places.

You see, I grew up in Louisiana where above-ground tombs were rather commonplace. The Famous Deceased

I just finished reading Where Are They Buried: How Did They Die? Fitting Ends and Final Resting Places of etc. by Tod Benoit. The enormously-long title perfectly describes this entertaining nonfiction book. Some may think the book is a bit morbid, but I found it endlessly fascinating. Maybe that's because my mother was a genealogist who taught me that cemeteries were pretty interesting places.

You see, I grew up in Louisiana where above-ground tombs were rather commonplace. It's the high water table that makes in-ground burial not an option in a lot of towns. So as a child, I tromped through cemeteries while my mother wrote down dates and read epitaphs aloud. I learned to appreciate tomb art and architecture which, for wealthier "residents" had been commissioned from the most important architects and artists of the particular generation.

Yet, the poorest "residents" have grave ornamentation that touches the heart. I remember marbles embedded in a century-old plain square of what looked like baked clay tile that marked the grave of a child.

It may sound macabre, but I've visited cemeteries in lots of cities and small towns -- and in countries to which I've traveled. Because of my early exposure to the history inherent in the cemeteries where my ancestors are housed, I never considered a burial ground as spooky or creepy or even depressing. In fact, there's a certain peaceful quietude to be found in a cemetery.

When I saw this book, I knew I had to read it if only to satisfy my curiosity about whether Jim Morrison was really in his grave in Paris. Benoit gives the myth of Morrison according to conspiracy theorists. Whether or not he's in the grave in Paris in the Pere-Lachaise Cemetery is up for debate. Regardless, the grave draws a million visitors a year, and, I understand, most Parisians consider it bothersome. (I'd have gone if I'd had time when I was in Paris.)

From Aaliyah to Warren Zevon, from Buddy Holly to Kurt Cobain, from rappers to Elvis, from Lombardi and Tom Landry to Walter Payton, Lou Gehrig, and Shoeless Joe Jackson, from Heath Ledger to Marilyn Monroe, from Truman Capote to Norman Mailer, this book covers all who were significant in their respective fields of endeavor.

The book gives a short entertaining biography of the person's life, tells how they died, sometimes gives the epitaph, and tells where they're buried, with directions on how to get to the grave site. Although the names in each category aren't listed under the chapter headings, there is a clickable Index in alphabetical order.

Loved the book!

Like the epitaph on the tomb of Mel Blanc, the man of 1,000 voices, says: "That's all, Folks!" ...more
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Feb 08, 2013

I have alot going on right now so i wanted to read something that didn't take a whole lot of effort or too much time and this was the book there isn't much to say about this book it was pretty decent i however felt like there could have been something more
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Feb 05, 2017

This book took forever to get through. I did not read it consistently, so maybe that's why?

Anyway, some of the stories were interesting, some too short, some I've never heard of, some far too long, and some I skipped.

I did like the fact that addresses and detailed addresses were given to graves. This will help me, personally, because I'm a blogger on historic places and people.

Would I recommend this book to you? Maybe, but probably not. Just keep it handy for the directions. Do your own This book took forever to get through. I did not read it consistently, so maybe that's why?

Anyway, some of the stories were interesting, some too short, some I've never heard of, some far too long, and some I skipped.

I did like the fact that addresses and detailed addresses were given to graves. This will help me, personally, because I'm a blogger on historic places and people.

Would I recommend this book to you? Maybe, but probably not. Just keep it handy for the directions. Do your own research on the person who is departed. ...more
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Mar 19, 2012

I read this version, and the original version of "Where Are They Buried How Did They Die" The book is really informative with the content, and includes over 500 concise biographies of military figures, celebs, athletes, etc. While there are some errors in the book when it comes to info given. The general overview info is pretty good. One of the things I find really helpful is that pretty much each biography includes detailed instructions on how to find your favorite celeb, or other personality I read this version, and the original version of "Where Are They Buried How Did They Die" The book is really informative with the content, and includes over 500 concise biographies of military figures, celebs, athletes, etc. While there are some errors in the book when it comes to info given. The general overview info is pretty good. One of the things I find really helpful is that pretty much each biography includes detailed instructions on how to find your favorite celeb, or other personality in the cemetery they are buried in. On a personal note related to that I used the cemetery directions given for the Jack Ruby biography, to find Ruby's gravesite, as the cemetery will not disclose the location, but little did they know I had detailed instructions on how to find the gravesite in the cemetery. ...more
5

Nov 08, 2014

Glad to find someone else interested in cemeteries and who is in them. I began reading this book as soon as I opened the box it arrived in. The author provides some history on the person, the way that person passed on, and where one can find her/him if so desired. I was not sure if this book would be 'good' as in accurate, interesting, and well-written, but I wanted to find out and I did and it is ! First, I checked out some people in which I have an interest. The 1st was Oliver Hardy of Laurel Glad to find someone else interested in cemeteries and who is in them. I began reading this book as soon as I opened the box it arrived in. The author provides some history on the person, the way that person passed on, and where one can find her/him if so desired. I was not sure if this book would be 'good' as in accurate, interesting, and well-written, but I wanted to find out and I did and it is ! First, I checked out some people in which I have an interest. The 1st was Oliver Hardy of Laurel and Hardy, one of my all favorite comedy teams. In the history that was presented, the author mentioned that this team won an Oscar for their short subject The Music Box of which I was not aware and that is my very favorite of all their films. Thus, I am thrilled that they were acknowledged for this short film. Also, I had been informed 'how' Oliver Hardy had passed away. I was pleased to discover that what I was told was incorrect because what I had been told really upset me. I am glad to discover the truth. I continued looking up 'favorites'. I truly wished to read the history part. Next I went to "The Newly Dead". That almost sounds frivolous, but the term is a true statement. Some of those brought tears as some were too young. Then I just browsed through the book and found all kinds of fascinating histories of people. I have picked up this book quite a few times and I know I shall continue to do so. What originally caught my eye was the cover and what is written there. "the Ultimate Field Guide To The Permanent Addresses Of The Stars.". One fascinating piece was Bob Hope's. What a dynamite person he was ! I truly enjoyed reading his history and there was a picture of his final resting place. I know that I shall refer to this book often for the historical information. I am not the type to go and visit someone's grave unless I happen to be in that area for another reason. Just like this summer, my husband was in Springfield, Ill., and he wanted to visit his grandfather's final resting place which he did. President Lincoln is also buried in the same cemetery so my husband went to see Lincoln's final resting place as well. But I give this book 5 stars because of my interest in people's history. Well done ! ...more
5

Jul 17, 2014

The title seemed morbid to me at first, but it was so addictive & interesting that I could not put it down! I had to be careful even if I was just leafing thru it (if I was in a hurry), since I would almost always see an entry that intrigued me, & find myself tempted to read ahead. Some people's stories hit me as a shock ("___ is dead? No way! How did I miss that?"). While others I got a sense of "closure" ("So, that's what became of ___. I always wondered..."). The stories of some The title seemed morbid to me at first, but it was so addictive & interesting that I could not put it down! I had to be careful even if I was just leafing thru it (if I was in a hurry), since I would almost always see an entry that intrigued me, & find myself tempted to read ahead. Some people's stories hit me as a shock ("___ is dead? No way! How did I miss that?"). While others I got a sense of "closure" ("So, that's what became of ___. I always wondered..."). The stories of some people were sad & tragic (of seemingly "wasted" lives), while others I was happy for them & what all they accomplished (& relieved to read they just "died of old age", or "natural causes"). I enjoyed the stories & bios of these people. Sometimes there were even "plot twists" (no pun intended), & a person would be dug up from the original grave & re-interred somewhere else. But wow! Tod Benoit sure did good with his research to make this book!

Hmmm...this book would also make a good basis for an app. The entries could contain an interactive map of the gravesites. (So you could see a map & locate the celebrity plot nearest to where you are standing, as shown like GPS coordinates, maybe even with step-by-step instructions on how to get there from where you are.) There could also be a calendar component of the app, for keeping track of birth-dates & death-dates for the people. Maybe even including a map of places of births & deaths. Sorry, I'm rambling, as this book inspires me so much. Mr Benoit would have to live to be 250 yrs old to get all that done, unless he wanted to make business out of it & employ people to do it with him. (Not that I mean to give him more assignments & busywork to do...)

There are so many stories on the lives of so many people throughout history that it would take volumes of books just as thick to tell them all. (Hey, an app would be easier & more updateable. No pressure, I'm just saying...) I liked making a list of other famous people I was surprised were not in this book. What about Amy Winehouse, Loretta Lynn, Tom Dooley (or Dula, & his associates Laura, Paulette, & Anne Foster, & Mr Grayson), Gene Kelly, other "Challenger" astronauts (glad Christa MacAuliffe had an entry!), the "Columbia" astronauts, various other US Presidents & world leaders, "The Alamo", Benjamin Franklin, Anne Frank (including her family, fellows-in-hiding, & the people who helped hide them), Corrie TenBoom (& family...), & Billy Graham (the evangelist).

I bought this book at a Cracker Barrel restaurant/store while passing thru a town on along a roadtrip I was taking. I thumbed thru it, just out of general curiosity, not intending to buy it at first. But of course I "had to" buy it, since I just couldn't put it down! I often nicknamed this book "The Book of Death" while reading it. But it's hard for that nickname to stick, since there's so much life in it! ...more
4

Feb 27, 2018

Great fun to read with quite a lot of unknown facts about incredibly famous people. Awesome book to bring on a road trip! ;)
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Mar 08, 2019

Although it sounds morbid, it actually contains a lot of interesting information about a variety of people. A long yet easy read.
3

Feb 27, 2017

Some interesting info about famous folks, their deaths and their burial locations. Some of the info I already knew, some of it was new to me.
3

Aug 21, 2019

Just a quick read. Not entirely accurate, but consists of short biographies of the famous and infamous and directions to their burial sites.
3

Jul 30, 2017

I found this book interesting because of all the information it had. So many names that I could recognize and remember. I many not have remembered how they died at the time but this book filled you in. It was interesting to see where these people where buried or what happened with their ashes.
5

Nov 13, 2018

It may not be everybody's cup of meat, but I really enjoyed "Where are They Buried? How Did They Die?" Favorite and well-known people from several walks of life appear in these pages, with details about their life and death, and precise directions to locate their graves. Good stuff, if slightly macabre, and very entertaining.
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Jun 20, 2019

The version I read is updated through this year but I noticed there was some incorrect information such as birth or death dates incorrect or names of cemeteries were incorrect. Otherwise, it's an interesting read and some of the information could be fun ice-breakers at parties...if you have friends with the same unique interests.

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