What Caused Peg Entwistle to Jump off the Hollywood Sign?

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On September 18, 1932, a woman called up the LAPD central station with a suspicious report that she had seen a body on her hike near the Hollywood sign.

Hollywood Sign Area a Suicide Site
Hollywood Sign Area a Suicide Site. Source: Photo By Getty Images/ Bettmann

She also found a woman’s jacket, shoes, and purse nearby. There was a suicide note that was found in the bag, which read, “I am afraid I’m 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 Police find the Body of a Young Woman

After almost an hour of searching, the police found the body of a young 23-year-old woman with blonde hair.

Peg Entwistle died tragically at the age of 24
Peg Entwistle died tragically at the age of 24. Source: bbc.com

It took two days for the police to identify the woman as actress Peg Entwistle. A small-town girl, it was believed that Entwistle was a failed actress whose first movie had received terrible reviews. This, however, was not true.

She Tries to Make It in the Movie Business

Born in Wales, Peg Entwistle and her family emigrated to the United States in the 1920s. Soon after, Peg happened to lose her stepmother and her father in a series of unfortunate events.

Peg Entwistle
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She was then raised by her uncle, who was a successful manager of a Broadway star. Peg was immediately starstruck and decided to pursue an acting career.

Peg Begins to Climb the Ladder of Success

Beginning her career in Broadway, Peg made a name for herself in comedies. However, she wished to take on even more challenging roles for herself.

Peg Entwistle
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All of her desires finally culminated in her portrayal of a lesbian in the film “Thirteen Women.” Even though her outrageous role in “Thirteen Women” successfully ended her contract with RKO Studio, Peg’s uncle truly believed that it was not her career that led to her suicide.

Peg Then Climbs the Ladder of the Hollywood Sign

After identifying her body, Peg’s uncle remarked that Peg had always been an impulsive and moody person.

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He also said that Peg had been upset by the remarriage of her ex-husband. On that fateful day, Peg made an excuse to her uncle, stating that she would go to the drug store when instead, she made her last trip to the Hollywood sign. People have not been able to forget Peg’s death because of the chilling rumors of hauntings around the site of the suicide.