Tales Of Haunted Hollywood
Posted 27 October 2004 - 06:56 PM
It is here that you will find those stories. The Hear...that is, Limo which will take us on the tour is just around the corner.
Posted 27 October 2004 - 07:02 PM
His killer remains at large and the case remains unsolved.
Posted 27 October 2004 - 07:05 PM
Hollywood Forever even has its own website now, The Forever Network can be found here.
And, of course, there are ghosts here. One day, a man was searching for a certain celeb gravesite in the Abbey Of the Psalms Mausoleum. He asked a quaint looking, old gentleman whom he saw standing in the Foyer where this persons grave was. The man gave directions. When the other turned around to thank the man, he was gone! He gave a description of the man to a Cemetery Employee and was told that it was Mr. Clifton Webb....who had died of a heart attack in 1966!
The other ghost at Hollywood Forever is not one that you will see, but you might hear it. It has been said that if you wander near the grave of tragic starlet, Virginia Rappe, you will hear a ghostly weeping. She died at the tender age of 25 due to Generalized peritonitis. However, because she had died after a wild party attended by comedic actor Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, it was thought she had been murdered. Arbuckle was charged with the murder. He was tried for the crime three times and acquitted each time.
However, his career was irrevokably ruined.
Rudolph Valentino, who died in 1926 of a ruptured appendix, a perforated ulcer and peritonitis is interred in the Cathedral Mausoleum. A grand tomb was planned for his final resting place and Valentino's body was placed in a temporary crypt until it could be built. Unfortunately, Rudy owed back taxes which set the building of the tomb back about three years.
Then, another setback occurred on October 24, 1929. The Stock Market crashed and the world wide Depression began. The tomb was never built. Valentino still rests in that temporary crypt to this very day.
It has been reported that his ghost has been seen walking thru the rear wall of the cemetery and onto the lot at Paramount Studios, where he has also been seen. According to eye witnesses, he looks around, seems confused and then walks back thru the wall and back into the cemetery. Perhaps his confusion stems from the passage of Time and the changes that have taken place in our world since then. He has also been seen at his former home, known as the Falcon's Lair.
Posted 27 October 2004 - 07:14 PM
The very name speaks of Hollywood Royalty (if there is such a thing). The Barrymore Family of actors has existed for over 4 generations, and as you all know, continues with the celebrated career of the newest addition to that fabled dynasty: Drew Barrymore.
Visitors to the Barrymore mansion during the 1970's frequently reported seeing the ghosts of John, Lionel, and Ethyl. In addition to these famous apparitions, the estate is haunted by the ghost of a man who died in a cable car accident on the property.
Another unusual incident involved an old cuckoo clock that belonged to John Barrymore. When John died, his friend Gene Fowler decided to position the hands of the broken clock at the time of his friend's death as a sort of tribute. When he went to set the clock,
however, Fowler discovered that the hands on the clock were already at 10:20 p.m., which was the exact moment of John Barrymore's death.
But the adventures of the late John Barrymore did not end with his death. While Barrymore's body awaited burial in the funeral home, a few of Barrymore's friends got together in the dead of night and went out to the funeral home.
Once there, they gave the attanding mortician a rather large amount of money to look the other way and to keep his mouth shut while the friends stole Barrymore's body!
They took the body to the house of Errol Flynn, sat him down in his favorite chair in the parlor, put a drink in his hand....and left the house!!
Later that same night, Flynn returned to his house from a night on the town. Still grieving for his friend, Flynn decided to retire to the Parlor to drink to his friend before retireing for the night.
He went into the parlor, turned the lights on and turned around to see John Barrymore, sitting in his favorite chair with a drink in his hand and his eyes open. Scared witless, Flynn fled from the house, aghast!
Barrymore's body was returned to the Mortuary under extremely tight security to make sure that the Papers didn't find out. The perpetrators of the theft of Barrymore's body got their wrists slapped and were scolded by the Judge, but the case was completely forgotten. Money no doubt changed hands again.
Barrynore's body was eventually taken to the family cemetery in Pennsylvania and re interred there.
The Barrymore Estate is located at 6 Beverly Grove in Beverly Hills, California
Posted 28 October 2004 - 12:05 AM
Posted 28 October 2004 - 04:58 PM
As connected as Bugsy was and as handsome as he was, he was sure to have made a lot of enemies. Logically, it would be reasonable to assume that Virginia set him up. If so, why? What would have been her motive? Money? Threats are also good motivators! Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky might have wanted him dead because technically, the Casino they opened in Vegas flopped on opening night and may have looked at that as a sign of ill omen, thus giving them a reasonable excuse to bump him off. Another suspect I would name would be Bugsy's immediate successor, Mickey Cohen. He took over operations upon Bugsy's death and he was known for ruling the Los Angeles underworld with an iron fist. Some say he was even more violent that Bugsy. He and a couple of his "boys" dragged a man down to the basement of a place in Hollywood called Ciro's, which at the time was major GLAM and THE place to be seen. Mickey and his boys came back up, but their victim didn't. It's rumoured that the victim, after being shot in the head a couple of times, got a concrete blanket to keep him snug. The place is now called The Comedy Store. Is it haunted? Yep!
I don't think that Bugsy's death will ever be solved. I think the reason that Bugsy's murder has gone unsolved for so long is because persons unknown went to a lot of trouble to make sure that it wouldn't be solved. I think that this was accomplished with either an exchange of money or an exchange of lead!
$5.00 will get you $10.00 it was a combination of both. I don't even think Bugsy knows, but his ghost, which is said to haunt not only the former mansion of Virginia Hill but also a certain casino or two in Vegas, isn't talking. At the infamous Havana Conferrence, the hit on Bugsy was put to a vote. Half voted that he live. Half voted that he die. Bugsy's life hung on the vote of one man:
Meyer Lansky, his best friend.
Lansky's vote: Death.
His grave plaque reads: "In Loving Memory From The Family".
Posted 28 October 2004 - 05:05 PM
It was in June of 1932 that director Paul Bern married actress, Jean Harlow. Four months later, on September 5, the marriage ended rather suddenly when Paul Bern, standing naked in front of the bathroom mirror, shot himself in the head with a .38 calibre pistol.
The butler found his nude body.
Flash forward to 1968. A well respcted Hollywood hairstylist lived in the old house and was dating a young starlet who had moved to LA from Texas. One day he asked her to house sit for him while he went out of town on business for a day or two. She agreed. That night, while she slept, she was awakened by a loud noise. She turned on the light and saw a man in the bedroom. He was ransacking the place as if looking for something important. He turned and looked at the young woman and that was when she recognized him. She also saw the bullet hole in his head next to his right temple and it was spirting blood. It was Paul Bern! The young woman fled from the bedroom, but as she got to the top of the stairs, she was met by an even more ghastly sight.
Tied to the newel post at the bottom of the stairs...was her lover. His throat had been cut from ear to ear and was gushing blood!! The noises in the bedroom of Paul Bern's ghost got louder. Overcome by the horrors she had seen she fainted. The next day, her lover returned from his trip and she told him of the horrific apparitions she had seen the night before. He tried to comfort her and dismissed them. Little did they know that what she saw was a terrifying warning of the horrific fate which awaited them both almost one year later.....at the muderous hands of the Manson Family. The man's name was Jay Sebring.The woman was Sharon Tate.
Posted 28 October 2004 - 05:07 PM
One of the chief suspects was the man who drove her home on the last night of Thelma's life. That man was director Ronald West.
That fateful night, she had been at a party thrown by Ida Lupino, a relative newcomer to Hollywood, and it had the makings of a blow-out Hollywood event. The guest list was vast and unfortunately included Thelma’s ex-husband, Pat DiCicco. After a few drinks, Thelma and DiCicco exchanged some heated words, which made Thelma drink even more. By the early morning hours of Sunday, she had downed more than her share of alcohol. Luckily, she a driver to take her home.
As she prepared to leave, Roland West, who was at the apartment over the cafe, received a phone call from theater owner Sid Grauman saying that Thelma was a “bit under the influence” and was on her way home. Grauman suggested that West see her safely into bed. But sometime between the telephone call and Monday morning, Thelma Todd died in the garage of West’s house on Pasetano Road.
According to Forensics, when Thelma Todd was found, her hair was matted, a false tooth had been knocked out of her mouth and there were blood spatters on her skin and dress. Despite the evidence which pointed to Murder, her death was ruled a suicide. She lay in state in a casket filled with yellow roses and was then laid to rest at Bellvue Cenetery in her hometown. But even as her casket was lowered into the ground forever, the scandal surrounding her mysterious death continued.
Who wanted her dead, and why? She had opened an eatery with Ronald West called Thelma Todd's Roadside Rest Cafe which was located on Pacific Coast Highway just under the Pallisades. It was a place frequented by stars and fans alike. On the last day of her life, the cafe was also visited by notorious gangster, "Lucky" Luciano. He had been on the prowl for an establishment that could house a casino, and it looked like Thelma's place could be a perfect front. He made her an offer....and she refused. Was it that refusal which cost Thelma her life? No one will ever know.
Meanwhile, the owners of what was once a Roadside Cafe have experienced strange occurrences in their place of business: Cold spots, missing items, the feeling of being watched....and the sounds of footsteps coming up the long cliffside stairs, footsteps belonging to something....or someone unseen.
Some believe it to be Thelma's ghost. Is she replaying the last tragic hours of her life as does a tragic heroine in a Hollywood Melodrama...or is she hoping that her earthbound spirit will one day point the way to a clue regarding what really happened on the night of her death?
Posted 28 October 2004 - 05:22 PM
Valentino's body was shipped from New York City back to Hollywood where his emaciated body lay in state for his thousands of fans to view. Ever since his death, a mysterious Lady In Black has made visits to his crypt to leave roses. To this day, no one knows the true identity of the original LIB, though some speculate that it was Valentino's first wife. Others speculate that it is the ghost of a woman who idolized Valentino as a young girl and became ill. Valentino went to see this girl in the hospital one day, bringing her roses. She told Valentino that she would die soon but he gently rebuked her, saying that she would outlive him. Valentino's restless ghost has also been seen walking the studio lot of Paramount Studios which is right behind Hollywood Forever. A Security Guard once reported seeing a man of about 30 years of age walking on the studio grounds after the studio was closed. He told the man that the studio was closed, so the man tipped his hat to the guard and walked thru the wall...back into the cemetery.
In regard to Valentino's dog, Kabar, he too haunts the cemetery where he rests, the Los Angeles Pet Cemetery where Hollywood Celebs have buried their beloved pets. Petey, the cute dog from "The Little Rascals" rests there, as does Mary Pickford's dog and Hopalong Cassidy's Horse. It is Kabar, Valentino's Great Dane, who does the most haunting here, however. Kabar died in 1929, three years after his master. Its playful ghost has been reported being heard panting or even licking those who wander near his grave.
Posted 30 October 2004 - 12:06 PM
As some of you may recall from your Hollywood history, Rudolph Valentino passed from this life at the age of 31 on August 23, 1926 of peritonitis, following an operation to remove his inflamed appendix. However, there are some who swear that Valentino is not at rest, for he has allegedly been seen at his former residence, the legendary Falcon's Lair, at Hollywood Forever and at the ajoining Paramount Studios. Even as late as April of 1989, he was reportedly seen in the old Valentino Place Apartments in Hollywood.
According to the report, an actress was living in one of the apartments and she was drifting off to sleep one night when she felt a heavy weight press down onto the side of the bed. It sagged as though someone were sitting on the edge of it while she lay there, too frightened to even move. The weight on the bed became the solid figure of a man and it shifted beside her, moving beneath the thin sheet. The form then slid closer to her, and pressed against her so that she could feel that he was excited. As heavy breathing washed over her, she finally dared to open her eyes. She lifted the sheet and there she saw the face of Rudolph Valentino! She was so terrified that she fainted. When she awakened, the figure was gone, but the bed sheets and pillows were left in a complete disarray and strewn about the room. She fled, never to return.
Posted 30 October 2004 - 12:09 PM
It is at the world famous Mann's Chinese Theater, located just across the street from the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel that the ghost of actor Victor Killian, known for his role as the Fernwood Flasher in "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman", roams the sidewalk and courtyard... looking for the man who murdered him.
His career in movies and television spanned half a century. According to Police reports, Kilian met a man at a nearby bar in March of 1979. After a few drinks, Killian invited the man back up to his apartment. Killian's bludgeoned corpse was discovered the next morning. Another source says that Mr. Killian came home to his apartment to discover a burglary in progress. He was beaten to death by the burglars. His killer remains at large and the case remains unsolved.
Posted 30 October 2004 - 12:13 PM
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Posted 30 October 2004 - 12:15 PM
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Posted 30 October 2004 - 12:16 PM
Reeves played the part of "Superman" in the 1950's and committed suicide (or was murdered, depending on who you talk to or what you read) on the night of June 16, 1959 during a party at his home. (Hmph, some party!)
His ghost was reportedly seen by a ten year old boy who wandered onto the property and was scolded for doing so by "Superman".
Another time, while a couple who had just bought the mansion and moved in were having an intimate encounter in the master bedroom, the ghost of George Reeves slowly appeared at the foot of their bed...in full Superman costume, grinned at them and then slowly faded away. They were scared witless and proceeded to get the hell out of the house! (Not a bad idea!)
HOLLYWOOD, California (Variety) -- With Paul Walker the latest to drop out of the running to play the title role in the new "Superman" movie for Warner Bros. (Josh Hartnett turned it down earlier), a question comes to mind:
Isn't this supposed to be the role actors would die for?
Not if you talk to talent agents. Frequently suspicious, they are rarely superstitious -- and yet, some raise the "Curse of Superman" as a reason the Brett Ratner directed picture seems to be having trouble finding the Man of Steel. What is the curse? While everyone knows of the misfortune that came to paralyze Christopher Reeve, the nervous breakdown suffered by Margot Kidder, her rollover in an SUV in Canada and the multiple sclerosis that struck Richard Pryor and later, his death; many others connected to "Superman" have suffered.
During the filming of "Superman: The Movie", a stuntman, Terry Hill and an electrician, John Bodimeade were both killed.
Kirk Alyn played bit parts and minor supporting roles in several low-budget films before getting his big break playing the title role in the 1948 serial "Superman." But after the serial ended, he failed to sustain a film career and retired to Arizona.
George Reeves, who played the role of Superman in a TV series and several movies in the 1950s, was found dead of a single gunshot wound to the head in 1959. The cause of death was listed as suicide, though controversy swirled around the death: Reeves' prints were never found on the gun, and he'd been having an affair with the wife of MGM exec Eddie Mannix. The first cartoon "Superman" was voiced by Bud Collyer from 1941-43. He went on to have a fine career in TV, creating and hosting the game show "To Tell the Truth." But he returned to the role to voice "The New Adventures of Superman" for CBS in 1966 -- and three years later, he was dead of a circulatory ailment.
Christopher Reeve developed a pressure wound which became severely infected. He had a heart attack on Oct. 10, 2004, slipped into a coma and passed away at the age of 52
Posted 30 October 2004 - 12:18 PM
Paul Walker, who was to play the role of Superman/Clark Kent, but dropped out of the production was killed when the Porche Carrera GT being driven by his friend Roger Rodas, struck a light pole at approximately 100 miles per hour on November 30, 2013 at approximately 3:30PM. Both Rodas and Walker were killed instantly.
Posted 30 October 2004 - 12:27 PM
Posted 03 November 2004 - 04:18 PM
To wit: I was interviewing a couple of people at the historic Driskill Hotel in Downtown Austin about the three ghosts that haunt the place. When the manager found out, he politely told me that interviewing employees without permission, especially about the "alleged ghosts" was not allowed. I was shown the door and told never to return.
Trespassing can get you thrown in jail. Be that as it may, if you are going to some of these places, take every precaution, especially at Forest Lawn Memorial Parks where a great number of Celebrities have been either buried or interred.
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