Peg Entwistle, Ghost of Hollywood


Peg Entwistle photo from "Just to Remind You" theatrical production, 1929. James Zeruk, Jr. /Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license

Her story is often told in a sort of sloppy shorthand: She went to Los Angeles to become an actress, failed, and then became desperate. But that isn’t a really accurate picture of Peg Entwistle at all.

Holly's Research:

  • Zeruk, James Jr. “Peg Entwistle and the Hollywood Sign Suicide.” McFarland. 2013.
  • https://hollywoodsign.org/
  • Tejeda, Valerie. “Is the Hollywood Sign Haunted?” Vanity Fair. October 31, 2014. https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2014/10/hollywood-sign-haunted
  • “Fodor's Southern California.” Fodor’s Travel Guides. December 2017.
  • Murtaugh, Taysha. “The Tragic Story of Peg Entwistle, the Actress Who Jumped Off the Hollywood Sign.” Country Living. Oct. 26, 2017. https://www.countryliving.com/life/a45409/peg-entwistle-hollywood-sign-ghost/
  • “The truth about Peg Entwistle, the young actress who committed suicide by jumping off the Hollywood Sign.” The Vintage News. July 13, 2017. https://www.thevintagenews.com/2017/07/13/the-truth-about-peg-entwistle-the-young-actress-who-committed-suicide-by-jumping-off-the-hollywood-sign/

Topics in this Podcast: 20th century, British history, Broadway, theater, U.S. history, women, entertainment history, biographies, film history