In the early 20th century, a young actress named Peg Entwistle moved to the United States with her father to pursue acting. She soon found success on the stage; she so talented she was, in fact, that she inspired a certain young woman to follow in her footsteps. According to the biography “The girl who came home aloneAfter Bette Davis saw Entwistle perform onstage in a production of “The Wild Duck” in Boston, she told her mother, “I’m going to be an actress like Peg Entwistle.”
He enjoyed a thriving theater career, but wanted to pursue film, so he moved to Los Angeles. Unfortunately, his fame did not follow and she struggled to book roles. A little over a year after she arrived in Hollywood, she told the guy she was staying with that he was going out to meet a friend of hers. Instead, the police soon received a call from a hiker. “Near the Hollywoodland sign I found a woman’s shoe, jacket and bag. In her bag I found a suicide note. I looked down the mountain and saw a body,” the person she called anonymously reported. Peg Entwistle had climbed to the top of the H on the sign and jumped to her death from it.
His death serves as a symbol for all the lost souls who come to Hollywood looking for fame but find only pain. According to hollywood loreif Entwistle had waited just one more day, he would have received a letter offering him a part.
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
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