Welcome To Haunted Hollywood
There are all sorts of Hollywood ghost stories that stretch as far back as the early 1900s, just about anywhere you go you'll find a haunted tale to chill your spine. Since Halloween is right around the corner, we thought we would treat you with some of the most famous haunted Hollywood ghost stories!
The Hollywood Sign
In September of 1932, drunk and depressed, Peg Entwistle climbed the ladder of the "H" on the Hollywoodland sign and jumped to her death. The actress had spent years trying to make it as a Hollywood star and when she couldn’t accomplish her dream, she ended her life. A hiker found her body the next morning, with a suicide note that read “I am afraid, I am a coward. I am sorry for everything. If I had done this a long time ago, it would have saved a lot of pain. P.E.” It is said that her disoriented spirit haunts the sign.
In 1990 a couple of hikers said they saw the apparition of a blonde in period clothing. Apparently they had known nothing of Entwistle or her suicide. A jogger also reported seeing a blonde in period clothing, although this time the woman seemed to be floating. The jogger said that she had been overcome with the smell of gardenias, which was Entwistle’s favorite scent.
Pasadena’s “Suicide Bridge”
Well over 100 people have plunged to their death over the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena. Some have seen a man jump from the rails, but when they look there’s nobody there. Others have had to swerve to avoid a woman walking along the bridge, but then she disappears. A woman threw her baby over and then jumped herself, the baby being caught by the brush survived. Those who have walked along the paths near the stone walls of the Arroyo Seco beneath the bridge report feeling panic and sensing anger all around them. In 1993 a suicide barrier was put into place, but it hasn’t always been a deterrent; apparently there is a hole in the fence that even now in 2016 people are still leaping to their deaths.
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (7000 Hollywood Blvd.)
Built in 1927, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is the oldest continually operating hotel in Los Angeles. It has had such notable guests as Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. Allegedly the hotel houses at least 35 resident ghosts.
Marilyn Monroe lived there for two years before becoming famous and people have reported seeing her in her old room 1200. There have been reports of Montgomery Clift’s ghost, too.
Supposedly there is a cold spot in the ballroom—investigators found that a spot 30 inches in diameter measures 10 degrees colder than the rest of the room. Pychics say there is the presence of a man in black waiting anxiously for something. Some suggest it has something to do with the first and/or second Academy Awards, which were held in that ballroom in 1929.
There also exists the story of a little girl and her brother who allegedly drowned in the pool. The little girl has been seen wearing a blue dress and people have reported her calling them from the lobby phone.
A curse: Don Antonio Feliz, a wealthy rancher, lived on the land with his housekeeper and niece Petranilla. The story goes that as the rancher lay dying of smallpox, a local politician came to write his will, claiming all of the land for himself. Furious, Petranilla cursed the land. After that whomever the land passed to was to suffer some kind of terrible fate.
The politician signed over the land to his lawyer who was shot and killed. Next someone tried to turn the land into a dairy ranch, but all the cattle got sick and died and fires destroyed the land. Much of the ranch was water damaged after the old reservoir dam burst, sending a wall of water into the canyons. Finally the land was given to the city of Los Angeles and the curse seemed to be lifted, but rumors still continue, blaming every murder that happens there (to be fair, there have been an unusual amount) as a result of the disgruntled Petranilla.
The Knickerbocker Hotel (1714 Ivar Avenue)
The Knickerbocker Hotel was the site of the rooftop séance Harry Houdini’s widow performed in 1936. In 1948 D.W. Griffith died of a hemorrhagic stroke—he collapsed in the lobby.
The hotel has had some pretty celebrated guests since, such as Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio. Elvis Presley also stayed during the filming of Love Me Tender in 1956. Francis Farmer drank herself into oblivion and was arrested kicking and screaming in 1943.
Distraught over Gary Cooper’s death, his costume designer Irene Lentz jumped from her 11th floor window. Maintenance workers claim to have seen her, shadows going by and doors close and open by themselves.