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Haunted Hollywood by Forbes




Hollywood is an excellent spot for ghost hunting.

From scorned starlets to personable pets, some of Tinseltown's most famous faces are still haunting the town, decades after their deaths.





Hollywood Forever Cemetery

6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, Calif.

Previously named Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery, the Hollywood Forever Cemetery is the resting (and haunting) place of many stars of the silver screen. One famous phantom is early 20th century newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst who is said to visit the grave of his mistress, Marion Davies. Wander near the grave of silent film actress Virginia Rappe and listen for sounds of sobbing. Rappe died a few days after suffering a violent sexual assault during a party held by Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle at San Francisco's Saint Francis hotel. Arbuckle was acquitted of murder charges, but the scandal ruined his career.



L.A. Pet Cemetery

Canoga Park, Calif.

Many pets of the rich and famous find their final resting place in this celebrity cemetery. Some of the popular pets include Topper, the real horse of fictional hero Bill "Hopalong" Cassidy from the 1935 film Hopalong Cassidy, starring William Boyd. Also buried here is dog Petey from the 1920s and '30s TV series Our Gang (later known as The Little Rascals). 1920s Italian actor Rudolph Valentino's Great Dane, Kabar, is the most famous furry friend buried there. Legend claims that he affectionately haunts the grounds and is said to playfully lick people who stop at his grave.



Culver Studios

9336 West Washington Blvd., Culver City, Calif.

Stagehands have reported seeing a ghostly figure who looks like silent filmmaker Thomas Ince roaming the catwalks of Culver Studios. Ince died on William Randolph Hearst's yacht, Oneida, supposedly from indigestion, although some claim he was actually shot by Hearst. Hearst supposedly mistook Ince for the comedian Charlie Chaplin, whom he thought was having an affair with his sweetheart, actress Marion Davies.



The Hollywood Sign

There have been many suicides off the famous Hollywood sign, which originally read "Hollywoodland." The ghosts of the dead are said to roam the woods surrounding the sign. Most famous is the ghost of Welsh actress Peg Entwistle. Depressed by her lack of career success, she decided to take her own life by jumping from the "H" in the sign. Ironically, Entwistle found fame after death, making headlines across America as "The Hollywood Sign Girl." There have been many reports of a pretty, but very sad, blonde dressed in 1930s clothing wandering aimlessly around the sign.



The Wild Goose

2431 W. PCH, Newport Beach, Calif.

The Wild Goose was once a Canadian war ship in World War II. She was bought by legendary actor John Wayne in 1965. Wayne loved the yacht and spent a lot of time on it while alive and, according to legend, since he's been dead. It is said that the ghost of Wayne wanders the boat. The Wild Goose is now owned by Hornblower Cruises & Events in California and is still sailed, probably much to Wayne's pleasure.



The Vogue Theatre

6675 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, Calif.

The Vogue Theatre was built on the same spot once occupied by a school house that burned down in 1901, killing the teacher and all the students. Afterward, a textile factory was built on the site, only to burn down as well. Not only is the site cursed, the theater is one of the most haunted places in Hollywood. An entire movie theater full of people once complained of a little girl jumping rope up and down the aisle, only to have staff explain there was no little girl in the theater. Another time, during a film festival, the projectionist allegedly fell asleep and someone changed the reels for him, letting the show go on.



Harry Houdini's Mansion

Corner of Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Willow Glen Road, Laurel Canyon, Calif.

The magician Harry Houdini was fascinated with the idea of a parallel world and reportedly held séances in his mansion in Laurel Canyon. He promised his wife he would make contact with her after he died, going so far as to develop a secret contact code. Eventually, Houdini's wife sold the mansion, and, in the 1950s, most of it burned down. On Halloween night, many claim to see the ghost of Houdini walking the remaining parts of his beloved mansion. They say he likes to walk the original staircase. Houdini, always fascinated with ghosts, may now be one himself.



Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, Calif.

There are a number of different supposed hauntings at this famous Hollywood hotel, which first opened in 1927. Cabana 928 on the ninth floor is where 1940s actor Montgomery Clift stayed while filming the 1953 flick From Here to Eternity. Apparently, guests can still hear him practicing the bugle that he played in the movie. Marilyn Monroe lived in Cabana 246, and her personal mirror is in the lobby where startled visitors can sometimes see her staring back at them.



Pickfair Mansion

1143 Summit Dr, Beverly Hills, Calif.

Pickfair, what some call Hollywood's first mansion, was named for the owners, silent film actress Mary Pickford and her husband, actor Douglas Fairbanks. The house was first claimed to be haunted by the couple themselves. While living there, the famous couple reported seeing the image of a woman, supposedly a maid who was shot in the house, walking up the stairs with sheet music in her hands. Numerous subsequent owners say they have seen Mary's ghost wearing a ruffled white dress wandering the first floor. Eventually, the house was torn down by actress Pia Zadora and her husband, and a new one was built on the site.


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