This article will be covering one of the most famous Hollywood Sign ghost stories around – The Lady in White, thought to be the tragic spirit of Peg Entwistle.
Let’s take a closer look…
Peg was born in 1908, in a town named Port Talbot in South Wales. Unfortunately her mother died when she was very young and this resulted in her grieving father dragging the family to a new life in the States.
Not long into their American adventure, Peg’s father met a new love and had two sons with her (Robert and Milton). Unfortunately tragedy was not finished with the Entwistle family, and Peg’s father was struck and killed by a car on Park Avenue.
The two young boys went to live with their uncle, but Peg turned down his offer because she wanted to find fame and fortune in New York.
At the tender age of 17, she managed to make a breakthrough and landed a job with the Boston Repertory Company. She then went on to work in the prestigious Theatre Guild productions of Broadway.
A Sham Marriage
Robert Keith stole Peg’s heart in 1927, within months they were married. Unfortunately Keith was a lot older than Peg, and she knew little about his past life.
Peg eventually found out that Keith had actually been married before and even had a 6 year old son, he never mentioned any of this before they tied the knot.
Peg decided that the marriage was a sham, and started divorce proceedings, but Keith managed to get into more trouble with the law. She put the divorce on hold when she bailed him out of prison…but started them back up again as soon as he was a free man.
Peg managed to hit the stage in 1931 with Getting Married and Alice-Sit-by-The-Fire – two popular stage shows. Unfortunately by 1932 the work had dried up, and Peg started to sink into depression.
She was forced to move in with her uncle to make ends meet, and she then managed to pick up a stage part with with Billie Burke in The Mad Hopes.
Unfortunately this stage show only lasted a matter of months before closing down.
Peg’s luck then seemed to change when she landed a part in Thirteen Women starring Irene Dunne. Unfortunately the critics had a field day at the movie’s screening, and it ended up being re-edited.
Peg slipped further into depression…
On September 18, 1932, an alcohol-fuelled Peg left her uncle’s home, and headed to Mount Lee. Once there, she climbed the slope to the famous Hollywood sign.
She then left a suicide note with her coat, and climbed up the ladder that led to the top of the ‘H’ board…and threw herself off.
She was just 24 years of age.
The Hollywood Sign Ghost Lady in White
The spirit of Peg Entwistle has been spotted on numerous occasions since her tragic suicide. More often than not she is witnessed by hikers and rangers in the Griffin Park area.
The ghost resembles a young, attractive and blonde lady in white that walks sadly around the area in 1930’s clothing.
A famous encounter from 1990 came from a couple of young lovers taking their dog for a walk. Suddenly the animal started barking at a wooded area, and a sad looking lady in white walked out. The couple decided to follow the lady for some distance…before she disappeared into thin air!
Griffith park ranger John Arbogast has made numerous reports of encounters with the ghost lady in white, always around the time of midnight when he’s on his shift. He believes that scent of gardenias follow her around, and indicate that she is about to make an appearance.
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