Friday, March 30, 2012

Dearly Departed Tours offers Hollywood Movie tours daily

Dearly Departed Tours ­ The Tragical History Tour ­ finds new home in

"A trip down bad memory lane." - New York Daily News

WHERE: 6603 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028

WHEN: Open daily, 10am-4:30pm, first day of business Sunday, April 1

WHAT: The Dearly Departed tour runs 7 days a week at 9:30am and 1pm.
Reservations strongly recommended. The Hollywood Movie Tour runs on Fridays,
Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00am. The Helter Skelter Tour runs every other
Saturday at 9am.

TICKET LINE: 1-800-979-3370

HOLLYWOOD, California ­ Filmmaker and celebrity death expert Scott Michaels
("The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter," "Dearly Departed Vol. 1") announces
after 8 years in business in Hollywood, his famous sightseeing tour will
begin operations at its permanent plot on the legendary Sunset Boulevard on
Sunday, April 1.

Dearly Departed tour guides Brian Donnelly, Richard Sebastian (also an actor
appearing in "Glee" and "J. Edgar") and Scott Michaels will be on hand for
an intimate "crime-tape cutting ceremony" at 6:30pm on Saturday, March 31,
with the store opening to the public at 10am Sunday, April 1.

Since 2005 Dearly Departed Tours has escorted over 21,000 passengers to the
"dark side of Hollywood." The tour was recently featured on Anthony
Bourdain's "The Layover," and has been seen on "AC360," "The Girls Next
Door," "E! 20 Most Horrifying Hollywood Murders" and dozens more, and in
hundreds of publications.

Not bad for three guys and two small buses!

"Creepy, hilarious, but not for kids or the prissy." - Lonely Planet

The Dearly Departed storefront will be a place where Scott Michaels can
share his collection of weird and unique artifacts acquired over the years.
On view: bricks from the 1969 Manson murder scene and Sharon Tate's
fireplace, bricks from The Ambassador Hotel, Jayne Mansfield's very own pink
Samsonite suitcase (that was in the trunk of the car she was killed in), the
door from the hotel room where Divine (the famous "female" star of
"Hairspray") died, a piece of John Denver's plane, a pink pillar from
legendary Hollywood restaurant Perino's and dozens more.

In addition to new Dearly Departed and Death Hag swag, bits of some these
rare collectibles (Tate fireplace, Ambassador Hotel, John Denver plane) are
available for purchase.

Scott Michaels immersed himself in the celebrity death world when he took
over the helm of the legendary hearse-driven Grave Line Tours in the '90s.
In 1998 began the website ("Deliciously sordid!" ­ Los
Angeles Times) that documents celebrities' final moments. This solidified
his presence as a "Death Hag" -- a term that Michaels coined to describe the
"celebrity death" fascination.

Stay tuned for announcements of occasional special events and screenings in
the Dearly Departed storefront, which Scott Michaels promises will be a
social center, a veritable Death Hag Club House for the dead celebrity
obsessed. First up: an event honoring the actress Susan Cabot, star of the
1960 Roger Corman film "The Wasp Woman." Date and details will be announced

A proud member of 7 Days in L.A., the consortium of independent Southern
California tour guides, Scott Michaels has given a prominent spot in the
Dearly Departed storefront to displaying fliers of other member tour
providers, including Esotouric bus adventures, Architecture Tours L.A.,
Crimebo the Clown, The Dorothy Parker Society, The Felix in Hollywood Tour
Company, Hollywood Forever Cemetery Tour, L.A. Active Adventures, LA Double
Decker, L.A. Gang Tours, Melting Pot Food Tours, Out & About - Hollywood's
1st & Only Gay Bus Tour, Santa Monica Venice Tours... Now and Then, Take My
Mother*Please (*or any other VIP), Terry Bolo - The Hollywood Gal, TOURific
Escapes and Vintage Venice Reel to Real.

Of 7 Days in L.A., Scott Michaels says "I think people will welcome these
unique perspectives of Los Angeles ­ and each is truly unique. There¹s no
competition here. We are just people who love Los Angeles and are eager to
share what we¹ve learned from it."

For more info on Dearly Departed Tours, visit

For more on 7 Days in L.A., the independent tour consortium, visit

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