Friday, October 17, 2008

Famous Hollywood Ghosts.....

As we get nearer to Halloween, I thought it fitting to mention a few of the most legendary of the ghosts that apparently still hang around Hollywood to "haunt" their old hang-outs. And while, I myself, do not believe in ghosts, who knows? There really may be some truth to these stories???

1) Montgomery Cliff supposedly haunts the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel at 700 Hollywood Blvd. He had stayed there for three months while rehearsing for the 1953 film "From Here to Eternity". His ghost now allegedly haunts room number 928 on the 9th floor of the hotel, playing a trumpet and pacing up and down the hallways while reciting his old lines.

2) Also haunting the same hotel, is none other than Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn supposedly has been seen several times in a full length mirror which was originally in her pool side suite 1200, where she often stayed. The mirror in which her image appears is now located next to the elevator on the lower level.

3) Harry Houdini is said to roam the remains of his former home in the Hollywood Hills, at 2398 Laurel Canyon Blvd.

4) Clifton Webb supposedly haunts both the Abbey of the Psalms mausoleum at Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery next to Paramount Studios, and his home as well. The star who played Mr. Belvedere has been seen in both places, and cigarette ashes have been found in the library of his former home in unusual places.

5) Rudolph Valentino who died suddenly at the age of 31 in 1924 is a very prolific ghost. His spirit has been sighted at some of his former residences, such as Valentino Place, his beach house in Oxnard, and at the Santa Maria Inn. His last home in Beverly Hills is Falcons Lair, and is claimed to be haunted by him. Previous owners have seen his ghost in the bedroom and a overnight guest claims to have been chased by his ghost. A caretaker saw him in the stable with the horses. Passers by have seen him peering out of windows as well. Others have heard footsteps and have heard doors opening and closing for no reason.

6) George Reeves, of Superman fame died of gunshot wounds at his home in 1959. Located on Benedict Canyon Drive. His death was officially ruled a suicide, but there is still speculation of murder. His ghost has been seen in the bedroom where he died and he is in his Superman costume. There have been gunshots heard in the house and lights going on and off for no reason. Noises in the bedroom and the room has been ram sacked when no one was there. Neighbors have seen him standing on his front lawn as well.

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