Haunted Hollywood

Halloween may be just once a year, but there are those who say that the places listed below are haunted all year round’! Read on for all of the spooky details.

Peg Entwistle at The Hollywood Sign

Hikers around the famed Hollywood sign have reported encounters with a sad, young lady in 30’s style dress, who seemingly vanishes when approached. A strong smell of gardenias in the area around the sign can be smelled, even when flowers are not in bloom. Motion sensors around the sign become activated when nothing is around. This is all believed to be the ghost of Peg Entwistle, who in 1932, despondent over her failing acting career, climbed to the top of the “H” on the Hollywood sign and jumped to her death.

Since that night, there have been sightings like the one mentioned, and even some people have seen the image of a woman actually jumping from the sign. However, upon investigation, nothing is ever found and it is believed to be Peg’s spirit re-enacting her tragic death. If you want to try to see for yourself, it is said that most sightings occur on very foggy nights.

 

Lon Chaney at Universal Studios

Stage 28 of Universal Studios is home to one of the oldest sets in Hollywood: the opera house from the 1925 production of The Phantom of the Opera. It’s also said to be the home of the ghost of the film’s star, Lon Chaney.

The set is still used for filming, and numerous workers and visitors through the years have reported sightings of a man in a black cloak who looks like Chaney, darting along the catwalk above the set, lights that go on and off for no reason, doors that open and close when no one is around, and sounds of whispered voices. These claims have been made both by people who know the spooky history and by people who have never heard anything about it.

If you’d like to catch a glimpse of Chaney for yourself, you can take the VIP tour at Universal studios where they stop for an extensive look at the opera house set.

Montgomery Clift and Marilyn Monroe at the Roosevelt Hotel

Though no longer living, some stars still call The Roosevelt Hotel home. Marilyn Monroe had a photo shoot for her first print ad by the hotel pool, and some people say you can still catch glimpses of her posing on the diving board.

It’s also been claimed that her ghost haunts a mirror that used to hang in the suite she often stayed in. After her death, the mirror was moved to the mezzanine above the lobby where people who gaze into it claim to see her image, but when they turn around nothing is there.

If you’d like to actually stay over night, room 928 is said to be haunted by the ghost of Montgomery Clift, who stayed at The Roosevelt Hotel while filming From Here To Eternity.

The sound of someone pacing up and down the hallway rehearsing lines and playing the trumpet is often heard by guests of the room, which is something Clift used to do during his stay.

Perhaps most frightening, some guests have actually reported waking in the middle of the night with a feeling of someone holding them down on the bed and they’re unable to move. Needless to say, it didn’t take long after these occurrences for the person to check out of the hotel.

Even More Ghosts at the Roosevelt Hotel

Paranormal investigators say the most haunted spot in the hotel is the Blossom Room, site of the very first Academy Awards ceremony. There is said to be a cold spot in the room that is inexplicably 10 degrees cooler than the rest of the room, lights that seemingly come from no explainable source that move along the walls, a piano player in a white suit, and a man in a black tuxedo that seems to be anxiously waiting.

You can visit The Roosevelt anytime, as the lobby and mezzanine are open to the public. Getting to the ninth floor to get a glimpse of Clift rooms would require a hotel guest key card, but Monroe’s room is available to stay in!

These are just a few of the haunted spots of LA! For more places to visit check out this map of Haunted Los Angeles, which is updated as new information becomes available.  Check out http://ilike-towatch.blogspot.com/ for information on old Hollywood and it’s shining stars!

Happy Halloween!