The Legendary Hollywood Sign

The Facts

Hollywood Sign modernThis is probably one of the most famous sights in the world, nearly everybody has seen this sign but not everybody knows of the sad death that took place by this iconic landmark in 1932.

The sign was originally built as an advertisement for a brand new upmarket housing development called Hollywoodland in 1923.

The original 13 letters were each 30 feet wide and 50 feet tall and held together on a scaffolding and was only intended to be in place for around a year and a half.

The Haunting

Hollywood Sign oldIn 1932 Peg Entwhistle who worked as a New York stage actress packed her bags and went to live with her uncle in hope of bigger success in her career and chose hollywood to make all her dreams come true.

She happily lived with him on beachwood drive that was practically under the shadow of the sign with high hopes for her future.

Sadly this was not to be, Peg tried hard to succeed but offers of work did not flow in her direction, she was saddened by this and on the night of the 16th September 1932 she told her uncle she was going out to meet friends but this was not the truth.

Instead she climbed the mountain up to the sign and climbed a workmans ladder upto the very top of the H and then jumped to her death.

Legend has it she still walks along the sign and has been seen around the letter H.

Photographs above supplied courtesy of  The Hollywood Sign Trust