Does the ghost of aspiring movie starlet Peg Entwistle haunt the Hollywood Sign? Well, if the statements of various people who claim to have encountered her apparition are to be believed, then that is certainly the case.
Peg Entwistle came to Hollywood, like most aspiring starlets of the Golden Era, to seek her big break on the Silver Screen. She was an up-and-coming young actress on Broadway from the mid-1920s to the early 1930s. However, Entwistle struggled to stand out in Tinseltown, and eventually ended up unemployed amid a sea of much competition in the glamour actress stakes.
Finally, on the fateful night of September 16th, 1932, probably depressed and demoralised over her Hollywood failure, and intoxicated with alcohol, Entwistle hiked from her uncle’s home to the Hollywood Sign, climbed up the rickety maintenance ladder to the top of the 50-foot-high letter ‘H’, and flung herself off it to her death. A hiker discovered her body the next day.
Reports of the appearance of Peg Entwistle’s ghost first appeared in the 1940s, after the same ‘H’ from which she jumped mysteriously toppled over, sparking rumours that her spirit haunted the landmark. Many years later, in 1990, a young couple hiking the Griffith Park trails were confronted by a disoriented blonde woman dressed in 1930s clothing, who then vanished right before their eyes. Apparently, the couple did not know about the Peg Entwistle suicide.
Over the years, many Griffith Park rangers claim to have seen Entwistle’s ghost, usually on foggy nights, accompanied by the scent of her favourite perfume. More recently, a jogger in the same area, Megan Santos, also got a whiff of that pungent perfume as she saw a “woman with blonde hair” who seemed to be “walking on air”.
The ghost of Peg Entwistle has become the stuff of Hollywood legend.