This is the story of Peg Entwistle.
The Haunted Hollywood Sign
Since the 1930’s, the ghost of a woman has been seen, walking around, looking lost and desperate. Her spirit has been reported by park rangers, tourists, workers and locals!
One morning a couple were walking their dog close to the sign. Their dog started to act very strange, cowering and crying. They couldn’t figure out what was wrong with it. All of a sudden a woman appeared just before them. She was wearing dated clothing and appeared confused. They started to talk to her, when she disappeared, just as suddenly as she’d appeared.
Another report is that of park ranger John Arbogast. He claims to have seen the famous ghost on several occasions, and normally late at night, when it is foggy. Whenever he sees her, her appearance is followed by the very strong scent of gardenias.
A recent report was documented on an episode of Paranormal Witness. Four friends decided to visit the Hollywood sign. They illegally jumped the fence which surrounds it. One of them slipped and fell a little way down the hill. He got up and began walking back up the hill, and saw a woman walking towards him. His description was:
None of the friends new there was a regularly seen spirit on them there hills!
So who could this woman be?
What has driven her to spend eternity wandering the biggest and most recognisable sign in the world?
It’s thought she is Peg Entwistle, a beautiful, young actress who took her life by jumping off the “H” of the sign back on 18 September, 1932.
Unfortunately this was not to be. Although very attractive, in a place like tinsel town, good looks were everywhere! She featured in a few small roles, but struggled to make a living. Obviously it all got too much for Peg, and she took her own life in a dramatic fashion.
Peg’s tragic life and death was reported in The Northern Miner, a Queensland Newspaper, as:
One of the most spectacular tragedies in the recent history of Hollywood occurred when Miss Peg Entwistle, a 24-year-old English-born actress, who deemed herself a failure in films, plunged to death from the top of an electric sign.
On the hills outside Hollywood film colony stands a gigantic illuminated advertisement, which bears, in letters 50ft. high, the name: "Hollywoodland." It is the most powerful "spot-light" on the Pacific coast.
With the help of a workman's ladder, Miss Entwistle climbed to the top of the letter "H" and jumped. Her body rolled more than 100ft. down the mountain side. Near it was found her handbag containing a small amount of money and a note reading:-
"I'm afraid I am a coward. I am sorry for everything. If I had done this long ago, it would have saved a lot of pain."
A Life Too Short
Though then only 21, she had already achieved notable success as a member of the Repertory company of the Theatre Guild. She was one of the leading players in a production of Mr. George Bernard Shaw's "Getting Married," and late last winger supported Miss Lauretta Taylor in "Alice Sit by the Fire."
Then Miss Entwistle went to Hollywood, and - like so many others - she could not wait for success.
She was engaged to star with Miss Billie Burke in "The Mad Hope," but the picture failed to attract the favourable attention of the producers and had only a brief run.
Miss Entwistle secured small parts here and there, and finally was given the leading place in "Thirteen Women," an occult play based on Tiffany Thayers' story of 13 girls who first meet in a fashionable finishing school. One of the girls ostracised by the others vows to be revenged. The girls grow up. some of them marry, some take lovers. Their despised schoolmate becomes associated with a Hindu. She sends word to each of the others that they are destined to die at a certain time in a certain manner.
What she predicts begins to happen. One woman commits suicide, another murders her husband, and is sentenced to be executed, and a third is killed by her husband.
It is said that Peg’s favourite perfume was that of Gardenia’s. Could this be why that smell has been reported so many times in the area?
Was Peg’s ultimate goal achieved?
Fame at whatever cost?
It is true she is remembered for her tragic death and her spirit, so I think the answer is yes.
Put together by Ashley Hall 2013