Hollywood is one of those rare places, much like the world of literature and art, where you can struggle for fame your entire life, and not find it until after your death. It's one of Los Angeles's great cruelties that no one pays attention to you until you die, and then everyone loves you. No one person personifies this better than actress Peg Entwistle. And while she has been one of Hollywood's most enduring ghost stories since 1932, it seems she will finally be getting the screen time she so desperately craved.
The Story: In 1932, 24-year-old actress Peg Entwistle took her life by jumping from the "H" in the famed Hollywood sign in Griffith Park. She had recently divorced her husband upon discovering he'd hidden a prior marriage and child from her, and she'd been cut from David O. Selznick's Thirteen Women. A hiker discovered her body the next morning and alerted the police, who found a suicide note in Entwistle's purse which 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."
The next day, Peg Entwistle's face and name made headlines on papers across the country as "The Hollywood Sign Suicide."
Peg Entwistle's Ghost: Since her death, visitors to the area surrounding the Hollywood sign have reported seeing the ghost of a melancholy woman dressed in 1930s clothing roaming the hills. She is often accompanied by the scent of gardenia (Peg's favorite perfume), and always disappears when approached. You can read just a few of the sightings here.
And now, a movie: Deadline is reporting that Arthur Sarkesian and American History X director Tony Kaye are bringing Peg's story to theaters. They plan to give it the feel of Seven and Vertigo, so it will be interesting to see what they do with Peg's story... At this point, we don't know anything more than the plan to finally give Peg Entwistle her starring role, even if it is 80 years after her death.