Peg Entwistle and the Hollywood Sign Suicide

A Biography

Author: James Zeruk, Jr.

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786473134

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

View: 1451

This is the first complete biography of actress Peg Entwistle, known as the "Hollywood Sign Girl" because of her suicide fall from the HOLLYWOODLAND sign in 1932. It details her childhood, stage and film career, marriage and divorce, and her suicide and almost cult-like pop culture status today. Extensively researched and written with the complete cooperation of the Entwistle family, this work includes excerpts from interviews with Peg Entwistle's brother Milton and her cousin Helen Reid, both of whom recalled much of Peg's years living in Hollywood, her career and private life, and her final weeks. It also features many of Peg Entwistle's own words from extant letters to her family and newly discovered interviews with theatrical reporters. Nearly 30 previously unpublished images from the author's collection, the Entwistle family, and a number of other sources complete an intimate look at a life that was defined by far more than its famously unhappy end.

Peg Entwistle and The Hollywood Sign

Author: Hope Anderson

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 1483507599

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 20

View: 8453

In a series of essays, Hope Anderson explores the life and death of Peg Entwistle, a talented young actress who became the only person to have committed suicide off the Hollywood Sign. In discussing the making of her short film, "Peg Entwistle's Last Walk," which depicts the actress's last hour in 1932; the psychology of suicide by jumping; and the transformation of the Hollywood Sign from billboard to icon, Anderson separates truth from fiction to arrive at new conclusions about Entwistle and the Sign she made famous.

Actresses and Mental Illness

Histrionic Heroines

Author: Fiona Gregory

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351035487

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 208

View: 2575

Actresses and Mental Illness investigates the relationship between the work of the actress and her personal experience of mental illness, from the late nineteenth through to the end of twentieth century. Over the past two decades scholars have made great advances in our understanding of the history of the actress, unearthing the material conditions of her working life, the force of her creative agency and the politics of her reception and representation. By focusing specifically on actresses’ encounters with mental illness, Fiona Gregory builds on this earlier work and significantly supplements it. Through detailed case studies of both well-known and neglected figures in theatre and film history, including Mrs Patrick Campbell, Vivien Leigh, Frances Farmer and Diana Barrymore, it shows how mental illness – actual or supposed – has impacted on actresses’ performances, careers and celebrity. The book covers a range of topics including: representing emotion on stage; the ‘failed’ actress; actresses and addiction; and actresses and psychiatric treatment. Actresses and Mental Illness expands the field of actress studies by showing how consideration of the personal experience of the actress influences our understanding of her work and its reception. The book underscores how the actress can be perceived as a representative public woman, acting as a lens through which we can examine broader attitudes to women and mental illness.

Die Toten


Author: Christian Kracht

Publisher: Kiepenheuer & Witsch

ISBN: 346231579X

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 2814

Die Wiedergeburt der gothic novel aus dem Geist des Kinos Christian Krachts neuer Roman »Die Toten« führt uns mitten hinein in die gleißenden, fiebrigen Jahre der Weimarer Republik, als die Kultur der Moderne, besonders die Filmkultur, eine frühe Blüte erlebte. Hier, in Berlin, »dem Spleen einer unsicheren, verkrampften, labilen Nation«, versucht ein Schweizer Filmregisseur, angestachelt von einem gewissen Siegfried Kracauer und einer gewissen Lotte Eisner, den UFA-Tycoon Hugenberg zur Finanzierung eines Film zu überreden, genauer gesagt: eines Gruselfilms, genauer gesagt: in Japan. Das überschneidet sich mit ebensolchen Plänen im dortigen Kaiserreich, mit denen man dem entstehenden Hollywood-Imperium Paroli bieten will ... Ein Roman in betörend-magischer Sprache, der das Geheimnis des Films als Kunstwerk der Moderne feiert, seine großen Meister von Murnau bis Lang, die Sehnsucht großer Künstler nach Transzendenz und Erlösung und die Erinnerung als Quelle unseres Ichs. Ein Roman über die Geister, die ständig unter uns sind, ob wir es wollen oder nicht.

The Hollywood Sign

Fantasy and Reality of an American Icon

Author: Leo Braudy

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300158785

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 215

View: 9923

Hollywood's famous sign, constructed of massive white block letters set into a steep hillside, is an emblem of the movie capital it looms over and an international symbol of glamour and star power. To so many who see its image, the sign represents the earthly home of that otherwise ethereal world of fame, stardom, and celebrity--the goal of American and worldwide aspiration to be in the limelight, to be, like the Hollywood sign itself, instantly recognizable. How an advertisement erected in 1923, touting the real estate development Hollywoodland, took on a life of its own is a story worthy of the entertainment world that is its focus. Leo Braudy traces the remarkable history of this distinctly American landmark, which has been saved over the years by a disparate group of fans and supporters, among them Alice Cooper and Hugh Hefner, who spearheaded its reconstruction in the 1970s. He also uses the sign's history to offer an intriguing look at the rise of the movie business from its earliest, silent days through the development of the studio system that helped define modern Hollywood. Mixing social history, urban studies, literature, and film, along with forays into such topics as the lure of Hollywood for utopian communities and the development of domestic architecture in Los Angeles, "The Hollywood Sign" is a fascinating account of how a temporary structure has become a permanent icon of American culture.

Ken Jennings's Trivia Almanac

8,888 Questions in 365 Days

Author: Ken Jennings

Publisher: Villard

ISBN: 9780345504722

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 544

View: 6803

Ken Jennings’s Trivia Almanac is the ingeniously organized book where, for a change, the all-time Jeopardy! champ gets to ask the questions–and where every day of the year will give you the chance to test your trivia mettle. For example–February 21: In 1912, on this day, Teddy Roosevelt coined the political phrase “hat in the ring,” so Ken Jennings fires off a series of “ring” questions. What two NFL quarterbacks have four Super Bowl rings each?* What rings are divided by the Cassini Division?** Also on this date, in 1981, the “goth” music scene was born in London, so here’s a quiz on black-clad icons like Darth Vader, Johnny Cash, and Zorro. Do you know the secret identities of Ivanhoe’s Black Knight*** or Men in Black’s Agent M****? In this ultimate book for trivia buffs and other assorted know-it-alls, the 365 entries feature “This Day in History” factoids, trivia quizzes, and questions categorized by Jennings as “Easy,” “Hard,” and “Yeah, Good Luck.” Topics cover every subject under the sun, from paleontology to mixology, sports feats to Bach suites, medieval popes to daytime soaps. This addictive gathering of facts, oddities, devilishly clever quizzes, and other flights of fancy will make each day a fun and intriguing new challenge. From the Hardcover edition.

Suicide in the Entertainment Industry

An Encyclopedia of 840 Twentieth Century Cases

Author: David K. Frasier

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476608075

Category: Social Science

Page: 440

View: 7734

This work covers 840 intentional suicide cases initially reported in Daily Variety (the entertainment industry's trade journal), but also drawing attention from mainstream news media. These cases are taken from the ranks of vaudeville, film, theatre, dance, music, literature (writers with direct connections to film), and other allied fields in the entertainment industry from 1905 through 2000. Accidentally self-inflicted deaths are omitted, except for a few controversial cases. It includes the suicides of well-known personalities such as actress Peg Entwistle, who is the only person to ever commit suicide by jumping from the top of the Hollywood Sign, Marilyn Monroe and Dorothy Dandridge, who are believed to have overdosed on drugs, and Richard Farnsworth and Brian Keith, who shot themselves to end the misery of terminal cancer. Also mentioned, but in less detail, are the suicides of unknown and lesser-known members of the entertainment industry. Arranged alphabetically, each entry covers the person’s personal and professional background, method of suicide, and, in some instances, includes actual statements taken from the suicide note.

Helter Skelter

Die wahre Geschichte des Serienmörders Charles Manson

Author: Vincent Bugliosi,Curt Gentry

Publisher: Riva Verlag

ISBN: 3959718683

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 784

View: 3387

Im Sommer 1969 erschüttert eine Reihe bestialischer Morde Los Angeles und die USA. Sharon Tate, die schwangere Ehefrau von Roman Polanski, ist eines der sieben Opfer des Serienmörders Charles Manson. Vincent Bugliosi war leitender Staatsanwalt in diesem spektakulären Fall. In seinem meisterhaft geschriebenen Buch berichtet er, wie es ihm in minutiöser Detektivarbeit gelang, Charles Manson und seine ihm blind ergebene Hippie-Kommune für das Massaker hinter Gitter zu bringen. Die akribischen Ermittlungen, der komplexe Prozess, die kranke Weltanschauung, die Manson seinen Anhängern einflößte ... all dies macht diesen atemberaubend spannenden Weltbestseller aus. Seit 1971 sitzt Manson im Hochsicherheitsgefängnis, doch vergessen ist er noch lange nicht. Er ist zu einer diabolischen Kultfigur geworden, deren apokalyptisches Szenario und verschrobene Weltanschauung auch heute noch eine makabere Faszination ausüben. Dies ist eine Neuausgabe des 2010 erschienen Buchs Helter Skelter - Der Mordrausch des Charles Manson.

Chronicles of Old Los Angeles

Exploring the Devilish History of the City of the Angels

Author: James Roman

Publisher: Museyon

ISBN: 1938450760

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 3356

There's more to Los Angeles than lights, camera, action; discover the city yourself with six guided walking/driving tours of LA's historic neighborhoods, illustrated with color photographs and period maps. From the city's early days marked by missionaries, robber barons, orange groves, and oil wells to the invention of the movie camera, Chronicles of Old Los Angeles explains how the Wild West became the Left Coast, and how Alta California became the 31st state. Learn how ethnic waves built Los Angeles—from Native Americans to Spaniards, Latinos, Chinese, Japanese, and all the characters that crowded into California during the Gold Rush—and learn about the gangsters, surfers, architects, and Hollywood pioneers who brought fame to the City of the Angels.

Myrna Loy

The Only Good Girl in Hollywood

Author: Emily W. Leider

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520253205

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 411

View: 4503

A biography of the actress from her early dance training, to being typecast as Hollywood's "exotic," to her success in her most famous role, Nora Charles.'s Ultimate Book of Bizarre Lists

Fascinating Facts and Shocking Trivia on Movies, Music, Crime, Celebrities, History, and More

Author: Jamie Frater

Publisher: Ulysses Press

ISBN: 1569758859

Category: Reference

Page: 400

View: 7063

FREAKS OF NATURE, ODD CRIMES, SHOCKING DEATHS, DEVASTATING DISASTERS, BLOOD-CURDLING RITES, CRAZY CONSPIRACIES & MUCH, MUCH MORE *Gruesome Torture Devices *Mass Hysteria Outbreaks *Unbelievable Miniatures *Disturbingly Scary Clowns *Outer Space Mysteries *Astonishing Aphrodisiacs *Disgusting Ancient Jobs *Spooky Sports Curses *World-Famous Penises *Mail-Order-Bride Shockers *Brutal Pope Deaths *Outrageous Wedding Locales *Grossest Edible Animals *Appalling Religious Practices


Roman. Nach dem deutschen Originalmanuskript

Author: Arthur Koestler

Publisher: Elsinor Verlag

ISBN: 3939483443

Category: Fiction

Page: 254

View: 4855

Rubaschow, Mitglied der "alten Garde" eines revolutionären Staates, wird eines Nachts im eigenen Land und im Auftrag der eigenen Partei verhaftet. Der einstige Volkskommissar bleibt zwar auch in der Gefängniszelle seinen politischen Grundsätzen treu, allmählich wird ihm aber bewusst, welche Schuld er im Dienste der Weltrevolution auf sich geladen haben könnte und daß der Zweck womöglich nicht jedes Mittel heiligt. Um moralische Kategorien geht es seinen innerparteilichen Gegnern allerdings nicht: Angeklagt wegen oppositioneller Gesinnung und Verschwörung, widersetzt Rubaschow sich zunächst den haltlosen Vorwürfen, bis sein Widerstand in unbarmherzigen Verhören gebrochen wird. – "Sonnenfinsternis", Koestlers Abrechnung mit dem Stalinismus und jeder Form von politischem Totalitarismus, wurde in über dreißig Sprachen übersetzt und gilt als einer der bedeutendsten politischen Romane des 20. Jahrhunderts. Die bisher bekannte Fasung war eine - von Koestler selbst durchgeführte - Rückübersetzung aus dem Englischen, da das deutsche Originalmanuskript im Zweiten Weltkrieg verloren gegangen war. 2015 wurde das verschollene Original in einer Bibliothek in der Schweiz entdeckt; diese Ausgabe präsentiert erstmals Koestlers deutsche Originalfassung.


Black Dagger 9

Author: J. R. Ward

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 3641066840

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 1891

Düster, erotisch, unwiderstehlich – die letzten Vampire kämpfen um das Schicksal der Welt In diesem Band wird die Geschichte des Vampirkriegers Vishous erzählt. Seine Vergangenheit hat ihn zu einer atemberaubend schönen Ärztin geführt. Nur ist sie ein Mensch, und ihre gemeinsame Zukunft birgt ungeahnte Gefahren ...

Empire Movie Miscellany

Instant Film Buff Status Guaranteed

Author: Empire Magazine

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448132916

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

View: 4226

From the team who brought you The Empire Film Guide, here are all the obscure, indecent and downright bizarre movie facts and figures that were not considered sensible for a practical film guide. Discover which country translated GI Jane as Satan Female Soldier, which Hollywood heartthrob is the lead singer of 30 Odd Foot of Grunts, and which country takes a bag of toasted leaf cutter ants to the cinema instead of popcorn! The Schott's Miscellany of movies, packed full of movie facts, figures and lists, as well as explanations of filmmaking terminology and a "shot miscellany" - a list of all the various camera shots. You will soon know your Oscar Hosts from your Monty Python French insults, and never be short of small talk again!

Vom Erwachen der Nacht

Mein verrücktes Leben zwischen Drogen, Depressionen und einem schwulen Ehemann

Author: "Prinzessin Leia" Carrie Fisher

Publisher: MVG Verlag

ISBN: 3864159431

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 160

View: 4818

Ihr Leben ist turbulenter als eine Daily Soap und tragischer als jeder Hollywood-Film: Als Tochter von Sänger Eddie Fisher und Schauspielerin Debbie Reynolds steht Carrie Fisher schon früh im Rampenlicht Hollywoods. Als sie zwei Jahre alt ist, verlässt ihr Vater die Familie für Elizabeth Taylor. Bereits als Zwölfjährige tritt sie am Broadway auf. Mit 19 spielt sie die Rolle der Prinzessin Leia in der Star Wars-Trilogie und wird über Nacht weltberühmt. Zu diesem Zeitpunkt ist sie bereits schwer alkohol- und drogenabhängig. Mit 24 Jahren wird bei ihr zudem eine manisch-depressive Störung diagnostiziert. Ihr zweiter Ehemann verlässt sie kurz nach der Geburt ihrer gemeinsamen Tochter - für einen Mann. Wahnvorstellungen und Entzugsklinik folgen.Carrie Fisher erzählt unverblümt, sarkastisch und brüllend komisch von ihrer bizarren Kindheit zwischen berühmten Eltern und funkelndem Hollywood-Glamour, Schneckenfrisuren und Drogen, Alkohol und Elektroschock-Therapien.

California Babylon

A Guide to Site of Scandal, Mayhem and Celluloid in the Golden State

Author: Kristan Lawson,Anneli Rufus

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 1466854146

Category: Travel

Page: 272

View: 5300

California: the whole world knows it as the mother lode of scandal and celebrity, mayhem and miracles, a place where nearly anything can happen - and does. Giving the lowdown on the most notorious locations across the state, California Babylon redefines tourism for the 21st century by guiding you to the places you actually want to see, whether you'll admit to it or not. Packed with photographs and with easy-to-follow directions to each site, California Babylon unveils the real-life filming locations; scenes of rock-'n'-roll debauchery; homes and hotspots where the stars lived, dined, made love and died - and where they still do today. With this detailed, up-to-date guide, you can revisit some of the most shocking, puzzling, glamorous and tragic moments the world has ever known. Spend the night in the very hotel rooms where Janis Joplin, John Belushi, or Hawaii's King Kamehameha died. See the site where People's Temple leader Jim Jones whipped hundreds of followers into a frenzy. Visit the orphanage where little Norma Jeane Baker dreamed of stardom. Follow in the footsteps of serial killers. Recreate the camera angles for dozens of your favorite films, from Vertigo to Pee Wee's Big Adventure. With California Babylon's help, you can also see: *infamous crime scenes *the homes of screen legends *graves of the rich and famous *assassination sites *abandoned utopias *restaurants and bars frequented by celebrities Forget the endless malls and beaches! Wouldn't you rather see JFK's secret love-nest, the stage where Michael Jackson's hair burst into flames, or the alley that was the epicenter of prostitution in gold-rush era San Francisco? These are the guilty pleasures you'll actually write home about, and they're what make California the wacky, world-famous, and truly unbelievable place it is today.


Author: Mary Mallory,Hollywood Heritage Inc.

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1439624305

Category: Photography

Page: 128

View: 465

Established by real estate developers Tracy E. Shoults and S. H. Woodruff in 1923, Hollywoodland was one of the first hillside developments built in Hollywood. Touting its class and sophistication, the neighborhood promoted a European influence, featuring such unique elements as stone retaining walls and stairways, along with elegant Spanish, Mediterranean, French Normandy, and English Tudor styled homes thoughtfully placed onto the hillsides. The community contains one of the world’s most recognizable landmarks, the Hollywood sign, originally constructed as a giant billboard for the development and reading “Hollywoodland.” The book illustrates the development of the upper section of Beachwood Canyon known as Hollywoodland with historic photographs from Hollywood Heritage’s S. H. Woodruff Collection as well as from other archives, institutions, and individuals.