In the second episode of Hollywood the audience is introduced to an ambitious young film director named Raymond Ainsey (wonderfully played by Darren Criss). Like most characters in the series, Raymond has big dreams, but knows that he has to take what he can get – which is why he has no concerns when he finds the opportunity to write the script for a film called Peg to turn.
While many characters and scenarios in Hollywood stem from a unique combination of fiction and reality the story in the serial script for Peg is completely factual. Based on the sad story of a British actress named Peg Entwistle, the in-world film Peg is all about the actress who is famous for 1
Again, it can be difficult to separate truth and fiction in a show that moves so much between the two. But while Hollywood takes liberties with many other real characters (including actor Rock Hudson and agent Henry Willson), the story in Archie Coleman's (Jeremy Pope) screenplay is completely factual.
As the series progresses, the film about Entwistle in Hollywood changes a little – Peg becomes Meg – but the story remains essentially true . to live. And this story has quite a bit.
Who was Peg Entwistle?
Peg Entwistle was a Wales-born actress who made her way to Boston and eventually New York to perform on stage. During her stay in New York, she starred in numerous Broadway productions and received rave reviews for her work. She appeared in plays between 1926 and early 1932 and even played Amy March in a 1931 production of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women.
Her last Broadway role, Alice-Sit -By-The-Fire, was opened in March 1932 and was largely a doomed production. One of her co-stars, silent film actress Laurette Taylor, suffered from severe alcoholism and missed appearances. As a result, ticket buyers received refunds and the show was canceled after only a few weeks. As a result, the actors (including Entwistle) were only paid a week's wages for their work, despite being promised a percentage of the profit.
Entwistle had apparently lived her life in Los Angeles at the same time when she was still appearing on Broadway productions because her obituary (after her death in September 1932) said that she had come to LA more than a year earlier . Her dream was, of course, to become a movie star at some point. She remained engaged in the LA theater scene and actually played a key role in a play by Romney Brent entitled The Mad Hopes which received good reviews . One of Florence Lawrence in the Los Angeles Examiner said that Entwistle's portrayal "[presented] was a charming picture of youth. "
Entwistle's film ambition only ever led to a role in David O. Selznick produced film Thirteen women. The film was an exciting thriller, almost 80 years later by Variety as one of the first remarkable ensemble films in history directed by women. Unfortunately almost the entire supporting role of Entwistle was cut out of the film.
How did Peg Entwistle die?
Just like Hollywood says, Peg Entwistle climbed a worker ladder up the "H" on the "Hollywoodland" sign and jumped to his death. It is said that when she was no longer offered any roles after 13 women she fell into a deep depression and drank a lot. One night her heavy drinking and depression apparently led her to the top of the H, where she jumped almost 100 feet .
A woman who walked near the Hollywoodland sign later said she found an abandoned shoe, jacket, and handbag ;; She looked into her handbag and found Entwistle's farewell letter. The woman then looked down, saw her body, and reported it to the police.
Her note was said to be: "I'm afraid I'm a coward. I'm sorry. If I had done that a long time ago it would have saved a lot of pain. PE"
Entwistle had lived with her uncle who identified her deceased body. Entwistle's last contact with her uncle told him that she would "meet a friend" at a drugstore, although the police suspect she instead diverted her way to the Hollywoodland sign.
Entwistle was only 24 years old at the time of her death.
A 2014 event celebrated the anniversary of Entwistle's death.
14. September 2014 marked the 102nd anniversary of Entwistle's death, and according to the Los Angeles Times nearly 100 people gathered for a large-screen display of 13 women in the parking lot of LA Buchenholzmarkt.
Instead of being a solemn event, the gathering had a lighter tone. Refreshments were available and some participants brought alcohol; local companies donated prizes for competitions. The proceeds of the event, organized by the same local business owners, were donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention on behalf of Entwistle.
"The motivation is really to celebrate her life for who she was," said Jeffrey von Meyer, the organizer. "She was more than just a girl who jumped off an H."
While far-fetched, some believe that their spirits continue to haunt the sign to this day.
Around the time of the Great Depression, the maintenance of the Hollywoodland sign became irregular; at one point the same & # 39; H & # 39; from which Entwistle jumped eventually fell over. While this could logically be due to a combination of poor maintenance and wind, Vanity Fair notes that this moment was only the first of many moments when people suggested that Entwistle's spirit pursue the iconic symbol Could it was originally thought to attract potential home buyers.
Over the years, people have claimed to see "the spirit of the Hollywood sign", especially on foggy nights that usually involve the smell of gardenias. A park ranger named John Arbogast claims he has seen Entwistle's ghost multiple times.
According to VF, a young couple who were walking in Griffith Park (where the sign is) in 1990 were stopped on their trail when they saw a confused-looking young woman in 1930s clothing – just for her to disappear before her eyes. The couple later said they never knew anything about Entwistle's life or suicide.
History was also mythologized in popular culture. In one example, a Ghostbusters comic strip (yes, based on the films by Bill Murray / Dan Aykroyd) showed ghost figures that were clearly modeled on Unistle's story.