Yma Sumac

The Queen of Exotica
Birth Name:
Zoila Augusta Emperatriz Chávarri del Castillo
Birth Date:
September 10, 1922
Birth Place:
Ichocán, Cajamarca, Peru
Death Date:
November 1, 2008
Place of Death:
Los Angeles, California
Cause of Death:
Colon cancer
Cemetery Name:
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
Yma Sumac (pronounced Eema) was a Peruvian coloratura soprano who was one of the most famous exponents of exotica music during the 1950s. Sumac became an international success based on her extreme vocal range. It was often reported that she had five octave vocal range. However at the peak of her singing career recordings document closer to a four-and-a-half octave range. Impressive given that even the most classically trained vocalist might reach a range of three octaves on a good day.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

6000 Santa Monica Blvd.

Los Angeles, California, 90038


North America


map of Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood California

Grave Location:

Abbey of the Psalms, Sanctuary of Memories, Elevation 19, Crypt C 116

Grave Location Description

As you enter the cemetery take the second right and drive to the end and park. As you walk to the first building known as the Abbey of the Psalms you see the grave of the Queen of Exotica – Yma Sumac on the wall at eye level on the left in the first corridor on the far right.

Grave Location GPS

34.089861457, -118.321360315

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