Haunted Hollywood And Its Ghosts Await The Intrepid Tourist
Did Marilyn Monroe’s ghost really appear in a mirror at the iconic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel? Does the haunting sound of haunted star Montgomery Clift playing the bugle from FROM HERE TO ETERNITY still echo down its hallways? Did the spirit of George Reeves, Hollywood’s original TV Superman, really appear in costume at his former home? Does Harry Houdini’s ghost haunt the grounds of a Laurel Canyon estate that burned to the ground in 1959?
Hollywood has long been said to be haunted, not by flops, but by the ghosts of bygone stars. It’s no wonder, considering the power of the images created here. Do they really come back? As my former editor put it, “A good ghost story never hurt anybody.”
In a city full of movie monster makeup artists and “fright night” creators, Halloween is Los Angeles’ most emblematic holiday. This year, the coronavirus made Halloween celebrations that once garnered 200,000 a subdued affair. Local officials even claimed trick-or-treating might cause a super-spreader event. Nonetheless, whether one risks the Black Death now or waits for a virus-free future, you can still visit the sites of these ghostly visitations.
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, located at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard, figures in many a ghost tale. The 12-story hotel opened on May 15, 1927 and has been a center of Hollywood life since, including hosting the first Oscars in 1929.
Marilyn Monroe had a long association with the Roosevelt. She posed for her first print ad, a toothpaste spot, on the diving ...
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