These LA Haunts House Some of Entertainment’s Most Famous Phantoms
Los Angeles is known for its sun-soaked beaches, diverse neighborhoods, and star-studded population, but there’s a sinister side to the City of Angels. And no, we’re not talking about the traffic. For such a young and lively metropolis, LA is a major player in the business of hauntings. In fact, these five famous landmarks are the eternal home to some of entertainment’s most prominent specters.
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Forgo the humdrum tour of the stars and instead bookmark this blog. You’re sure to find some of the most illustrious spirits in the world, and the scenic Los Angeles backdrops aren’t bad either. Find out just how undead classic Hollywood is at these five popular haunts.
The iconic Hollywood Sign may symbolize glitz and glamor, but did you know that it has a darker past? Peg Entwistle was an aspiring actress who took her own life jumping from the sign’s “H” in 1932. Local newspapers cited her failing career as the source of her despair but, ironically, a letter offering the lead role in a production about a girl who commits suicide was on its way to Entwistle at the time of her death. Talk about unfinished business.
Today, visitors report seeing a woman matching Entwistle’s description and dressed in period clothing wandering around the sign. Some even swear they’ve seen the figure jump. Upon investigation, however, there’s no body to be found.
If you’re looking to live near this cultural icon or catch a glimpse of Entwistle’s ghost, the median home value in Hollywood Hills is $1,893,224, and that figure is expected to rise by 7.7% over the next year.
Now a senior living facility, The Hollywood Knickerbocker Hotel once hosted some of the country’s biggest stars. Marilyn Monroe would meet Joe DiMaggio for secretive dates at the hotel bar, and Elvis Presley enjoyed an extended stay while starring in “Love Me Tender.” Apparently, neither one ever checked out.
Guests have reported a haunting Monroe admiring her reflection in the ladies’ room and an eerie, unseasonable chill in Presley’s signature suite. Silent film star Rudolph Valentino’s apparition has also been spotted, despite the fact that he died four years before the Knickerbocker even opened. But, hey, that's showbusiness!
Looking to move to the heart of Hollywood, maybe put a loved one up in this historic retirement home? The median home value in Hollywood is $924,142, and that figure is expected to grow by 6.3% over the next year.
Marilyn Monroe also frequented the Hollywood Roosevelt, checking in for a two-year stay as her career picked up in the 1940s. In fact, her very first ad, a suntan lotion promotional, was reportedly shot at the hotel pool. Montgomery Clift, a four-time Academy Award nominee in the 1950s, was a frequent and famed guest of this property as well.
Apparently, Monroe’s schedule has not slowed down in death. She’s said to haunt yet another mirror, this one from suite 1200, her former room of choice. Clift’s likeness has been spotted near room 928, the suite he called home while shooting “From Here to Eternity”. As opposed to gazing at his reflection, Clift reportedly spends his days brushing up against unsuspecting visitors and practicing the trumpet.
Those who’d like to meet the famed phantoms but aren’t keen on living right off Hollywood Boulevard should check out the nearby neighborhood of West Hollywood. The median home value is $906,803, and that figure is expected to grow by 7.9% over the next year.
Across the street from the Hollywood Roosevelt is the historic Pantages Theater. Completed in 1930, the Pantages was the first Art Deco theater constructed in the United States and a popular location for both vaudeville and movies. It was purchased by famed businessman and producer Howard Hughes in 1949, and the second floor was converted to offices to house his company. Rumor has it that his ghost still roams the empty theater when the audiences have dispersed.
Employees have reported an eerie presence, unexplainable breezes and cold spots, as well as Hughe’s uncanny likeness just outside his office. The mysterious sound of desk drawers opening and closing and the unexplainable, lingering scent of cigarette smoke are also common.
Those who’d like to catch a show at the Pantages but don’t want to call Hollywood home should consider the nearby neighborhood of Los Feliz. The median home value is $1,672,966, and that figure is expected to grow by 8.5% over the next year.
Dan Aykroyd’s former English Country cabin in Laurel Canyon, and its alleged hauntedness, inspired Aykroyd and two others to write the original Ghostbusters movie. The home once belonged to “Mama” Cass Elliot of The Mamas and Papas and was purchased by Aykroyd shortly after her death. It wasn’t long before unexplainable activity materialized.
According to Aykroyd, a poltergeist has climbed into bed with him, turned on the Stairmaster, and rearranged objects on the dresser and countertops. Doors would open and close on their own, and staff reported tactile touches. When they turned around, however, no one was there. Aykroyd is sure it’s Mama Cass, because “you get the feeling it’s a big ghost.”
While the gated home is off-limits to the public, the nearby neighborhood of Studio City is an accessible alternative to exclusive Laurel Canyon. The median home value is $1,372,984, and that figure is expected to grow by 8.6% over the next year.
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