On this Hollywood celebrity tour, we take you to the homes and locations through Los Angeles and the Sunset Strip where your favorite celebrities lived and died. From the restaurant where Sharon Tate had her “Last Supper” to the pay phone in front of The Viper Room used for the River Phoenix 911 call.
In this multi-media tour we reconstruct the lives of both killers and victims in the hours leading up to these horrific crimes, details of which are told by the killers themselves. We’ll discuss the myths and motivations for this legendary case that brought an end to the Decade of LOVE.
Join Dearly Departed Tours’ Brian Donnelly as he gathers bodies as the sun goes down… and Hollywood’s dark side comes to LIFE! Follow him as he leads the brave souls on foot down the Notorious Walk of Fame… and infamy! Make sure you don’t miss a word of the weirdness!
Dearly Departed Tours’ curator Scott Michaels has personally assembled a collection of True Crime stories around LA that are so very gruesome, so “out-there”, they deserve their own tour. Decapitation, strangulation, a chainsaw, arson, call-girl/prostitution murders, spree and serial killers and a PLANE CRASH all around the Hollywood and West Hollywood area. Not for the faint of heart or the prissy, this is our grisliest tour yet!
On February 4, 1983, Karen Carpenter became a Star in Heaven. To commemorate the Anniversary of her passing, every Superbowl Sunday, we offer a tour of Karen Carpenter locations in Southern California. The non-comprehensive, just for fun (and love) tour will last no less than 4 and no more than 5 hours. It is jam-packed with more Karen and Richard than you can beat off with a stick. As far as we know this is a once in a lifetime (or at least pretty rare) opportunity. A portion of the ticket money for this tour will be donated to the National Eating Disorders Association.
You know her best as nasty Nellie Oleson from Little House on the Prairie! Take a tour with Alison Arngrim and learn what it was like to grow up as a child actor in Hollywood. From going to elementary school with Michael Jackson to tales to tell about Liberace, Paris Hilton and the Manson Family, she has seen it all! Tour includes Q&A, an autographed photo of Alison and your very own photo opp – so bring your camera! Due to Alison’s schedule, this tour is subject to her availability.
Join the Best Guide in LA (LA Magazine) Brian Donnelly as you explore a part of Hollywood that most folks never get to see. Brian lives and breathes Hollywood and he personally has assembled this 90-minute walking tour of lesser known yet legendary landmarks. From movie locations, Rock n’ Roll, Infamous Murders and Scandals, this walk is a little more than a mile. From old Hollywood of the Golden Age to recent years, this is an untapped neighborhood with colorful stories, rich history, and elbow-room – and in Dearly Departed style, DIRT and dish.
THE BLACK DAHLIA
Revisit 1947 and LA’s own “Jack the Ripper” case, the infamous Black Dahlia. Elizabeth Short was only 22 when she was killed and the world will never know for sure who did it, but on this tour you’ll visit several theories and relevant locations in Beth Short’s short life including the last place she was seen alive, and where her bisected body was ultimately discovered that January morning. This is by far one of the most gruesome crimes in American history.
This ENTIRE DAY tour is a retracing of James Dean’s last day. From the locations where Jimmy picked up his Porsche that morning, where his Sherman Oaks home was, a location from Rebel Without a Cause then a trip up the 405 to see where Jimmy became immortal, in Cholame, Ca. We’ll lay flowers at the the Jimmy memorial. We’ll also visit Blackwell’s Corner and travel the “old road” that Jimmy actually drove on, seconds before his death, and the funeral home that handled his body. We’ll have sandwiches, drinks and snacks on the bus. We stop a few times throughout the day, including a meals and snacks. (Meal not included). Dean historian Patrick Langdon and Scott Michaels will host this tour. We’ll watch film clips and listen to music dedicated to Jimmy. All things Jimmy. This is an ALL DAY event.
ROCK N’ ROLL
The Rock ’N Roll Circus is a tour that celebrates the music that came out of LA and its enduring legacy. In fact, Los Angeles has one of the richest musical centers in the world. Now, music fans, history buffs and all-around nerds can see the sites where their favorite rock stars performed, recorded, threw TV sets out of windows and slept. The Rock ’N Roll Circus tour celebrates L.A.’s unique musical and cultural past, present and future and puts guests right in the center of where everything happened.
SPAHN RANCH &
The LaBianca Trip, Bruce Fox and talk to Michael Channels. Breakfast at Denny’s, Hinman’s house, Malibu Feed Bin, Garbage Dump, Dennis Wilson’s House and passing the Sunset Strip
Jean Harlow personified the Golden Age of Hollywood and her death at the age of 26 secured her position as a legend. Harlow’s Hollywood is a comprehensive look at Jean Harlow, the original Blonde Bombshell and Platinum Blonde. Both monikers were created especially for her! Harlow rose to fame as a sharp-tongued vamp whose quick wit and sleek glamour captured the imaginations of movie audiences in the 1930s. Her on-screen image was so powerful for its time that Jean became the prototype for the blondes who followed her.
LA TOUR –
In the mid- to late-1960s, the City of Angels emerged at the forefront of what was new in music. Nightclubs popped up all over the city, with their highest concentration located along the world-famous Sunset Strip. The Doors were just one of the countless bands performing, but they “broke on through” to become one of the biggest. Influenced by jazz, the blues, early rock and literature, The Doors sounded like no other band performing on the Strip—or anywhere else. And now you can see where it all went down.
As a child, Marilyn Monroe dreamed of becoming a movie star, and she did. She has become the most legendary of all movie stars. Marilyn was born, raised, lived and died right here in Los Angeles. Her tragic story has brought about hundreds of books, movies, and articles—and many of these feature information that is skewed, stretched, exaggerated or flat-out wrong. Marilyn’s Hollywood is the definitive tour of Marilyn’s family life, romantic life and and will make sure to clear up a lot of the legends and rumors.
THE LAST SUPPER
We’ll be dining where Sharon Tate and friends had their last supper on the 50th anniversary of the very day. Dinner at the El Coyote Restaurant plus guest speakers (TBA). This includes soft drinks and a meal. Alcoholic Beverages and transportation is not included.
WILD ROCK TOUR
Vicky Hamilton’s Wild Rock Tour (based on her autobiography, Appetite For Dysfunction) Ever wonder where Guns N Roses lived and rehearsed while shopping a record deal? Where the cool hang spots were in the 80’s? Then have we got a tour for you!
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Just for October, Dearly Departed Tours will take you on a tour through spooky film madness, with a Halloween tour devoted to the famous horror film locations! Your guide will be decked out in Michael Myers gear, ready to pose with you at several of the locations, while these films play on our Movie Theater on Wheels! See locations from Halloween (1978 and 2007), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), Zombieland, Scream 2 (1997), Michael Jackson’s Thriller (1982), Ed Wood (1994), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), and MORE!