The goal of many actors from all over the world is and will always be to succeed in Hollywood. This district of Los Angeles, popularly known as the mecca of cinema, brings together the cream of the most powerful studios in the world. Thousands of young people have traveled there, dreaming of achieving success and seeing their names shining on the big screen. Very few have succeeded. The competition is fierce and it is not easy to make your way in a place that is also characterized by its lack of scruples, capable of transforming anyone’s chimeras into real nightmares.
This is what happened to our protagonist, a Young woman born in 1908 in Port Talbot, a port city in South Wales, who wanted with all her might to become a respected film actressBut all he found in his wake was a life full of misfortunes. At the age of five, after the death of his mother, he emigrated with his father to New York. The father, who worked as an actor, was not accompanied by luck and was killed by a car when his daughter was fourteen.
Our protagonist wanted with all her might to become a respected film actress, but all she found in her path was a life full of misfortunes.
At just 17 years old, he debuted on the Broadway stage with The wild duckby Henrik Ibsen, and critics saw in her one of the most promising interpreters of the time. Bette Davis even referred to her as a source of inspiration after seeing her perform in a function.. With light eyes, wavy blond hair and an innocent look, he seemed the prototype of an artist who had everything to reach the top. But the Great Depression kept people out of the theaters and he decided to leave New York to seek his fortune on the West Coast.
In Los Angeles, where her uncle Harold lived at the foot of the hill of the famous Hollywood sign, she got a contract in a theater company in which a young Humphrey Bogart worked, although the salary was low and what she really wanted was to try luck in front of the screen. She was about to be the protagonist of the film Double sacrifice by George Cukor, which would eventually land on debutant Katharine Hepburn.
A few weeks later, the RKO asked him to participate in Thirteen women, Directed by George Archainbaud and with Irene Dunne and Myrna Loy in the cast. The truth is that her Hazel Clay Cousins character had hardly any dialogue in this drama based on the novel by Tiffany Thayer about a woman who tried to murder a dozen women with her supernatural powers. The film did not like anything in the first passes with the public, so the production company made a new montage that reduced its appearance to a mere fifteen seconds.
Since then, a frustration seized him that he could not shake off. During the following months they only offered him extra roles. Depressed and penniless, she went to live with her Uncle Harold. Faced with those huge letters on the Hollywoodland sign – it would not be modified by Hollywood until 1949 – for which she was fascinated since she was little, she found inspiration to play the most tragic role of her short life.
Like a lost soul, on the night of September 16, 1932, Peg Entwistle climbed the 14-meter ladder behind the letter H and plunged into the void. He was 24 years old. Two days later, a hiker walking through the area found the body. Inside Entwistle’s bag was a suicide note that read: “I’m scared, I’m a coward. I apologize for everything. If I had done this long ago, it would have saved me a lot of pain. PE “
As a cruel irony of fate, that same day a letter to Peg from the Beverly Hills Playhouse had arrived at her uncle’s house offering her the lead role in a new play. In it she would play a young woman who ended up committing suicide.
I am afraid, I am a coward. I apologize for everything. If I had done this long ago, it would have saved me a lot of pain. P. E “
After his death, rumors of strange events spread around the hill. People have claimed to have seen the ghost of a blonde woman dressed in 1930s clothing and that the place smells of gardenias, the actress’s favorite perfume.
His sad story has served as an inspiration for musicians and filmmakers. The singer Lana del Rey published the song in 2017 Lust for life, which refers to the letter H for Hollywood and has recently been inspired by Ryan Murphy in Hollywood, his new series for Netflix.