1923 - Hollywood Land
1923 – Hollywood Land

It was 1988 when Tina,16 year-old  worked at USC  and Alain, 20 year old college student and among his college friends Brian. They become a tight group of friends. Alain always looking out for Tina , she was the youngest

It was the night, they would not forget in Los Angeles. Hollywood.

One night after watching a baseball game at Dodger Stadium, the group wanted to cause some mischief so Brian suggested they all go up the hill and touch the Hollywood sign.

“When you’re that age, you always want to do something that is very nutty!” Brian recalls.

Tina and Al were all for it but Alain wasn’t too thrilled about it; in the end, he decided to join anyways. The group drove down in two separate cars down Sunset Blvd and were all excited to walk up to the iconic sign they have seen all their lives. They all parked at a dead end at the bottom of the hill. There was a chain link fence with a “No Trespassing” sign at the bottom of the hill, which Alain pointed out. But Brian and the rest knew that it was wrong, which made it much more enticing. The boys climbed over the fence. Tina wouldn’t climbed the fence because she was afraid of heights so the boys slightly pushed part of the fence out so Tina could go through. They walked through the bushes, trees, and brush and pass a particular tree with an upside-down pentagram carved into it. The hills were very steep but they still were determine to go up the hills They finally climbed up to the sign and the whole group was in a state of euphoria as they overlooked the beautiful Los Angeles city skyline.

“I was in disbelief, we made it all the way up!” Alain remembers fondly. “It was really exciting because we did it!” Tina exclaimed.

It was just before midnight when the group decided it was late and began trekking downhill. Brian was in the first person in line to lead the way when all the sudden, he slid and disappeared downhill in the night. The group could hear the rustle of the rocks and brush as he slid down when all the sudden, the noise stopped. All three of them panicked when they saw Brian climbing back up the hill. The group noticed he looked very shook up.

“I fell into this deep abyss and I was so scared,” Brian explains. “There’s a reason we probably shouldn’t be up there!”

The whole atmosphere immediately changed from exciting to dark and dangerous so they decided to proceed on back down the hill. All the sudden, they see a silhouette of a person coming up the path towards the group and wondered why someone was coming up the hill by themselves. They realized it was a woman in a “1930-style white dress” with heels on and a veil over her face.

“The way she walked seemed like she was casually strolling,” Alain said. Brian notes that her footsteps made no sound. The group decides to greet her with a “hello”. There is no response from the woman.  She wasn’t looking at the group and they didn’t know what to think; they maybe thought she was on some kind of drugs. They said “hello” again. Again, no response. But then, the woman looked up at the group…

The group screamed and took off like a bat out of hell. Her face distorted that was gruesome. And they were scared. The guys slid down to the bottom of the hill, jumped over the fence and got in their cars. Brian and Al take off in Al’s car.

Don’t look Back…

But the hill was so steep to the point that Tina lost her footing, fell and couldn’t get up. Right behind her was the woman in white. Meanwhile, Alain continues running and gets in his car and tried to get the keys in the ignition but couldn’t because he was shaking from nerves and adrenaline. He got it started and wasn’t even thinking about Tina, whom he had left behind and was still in the hills. Tina struggles to run to the fence and sees Alain in his car. Tina is trying to push the fence open while the woman is slowly creeping up behind her. Tina didn’t want to look to see what…or who…was behind her. Tina managed to slide out from the fence and Alain heard Tina scream.  Tina jumped into Alain’s car and was very upset and angry that the guys were going to take off without her. They all didn’t talk about the incident that night but they were all thinking the same thing: they just saw a ghost. Alain remembered about the legend of the “Lady in White” that lingered near the sign so he decided to look her up at the library.

The famous lady in white is known as Peg Entwhistle In 1932 she went up the Hollywood sign and committed suicide. She died from fractures to the pelvis. She left behind a suicide note:

“I am sorry for everything. If I had done this a long time ago, it would have saved a lot of pain.”

Lillian Millicent Entwistle
Lillian Millicent Entwistle

Actress. She committed suicide by jumping off the “H” in the “Hollywoodland” sign that overlooked Hollywood, California. In 1945, the “land” portion of the sign was removed, leaving only the now famous “Hollywood.” Born Lillian Millicent Entwistle in Port Talbot, Wales, United Kingdom, her birth date is given as either July 1, 1908 or as February 6, 1908, depending upon the document. Nicknamed Peg, she became interested in the stage as a child. Her mother died when she was very young, and her father moved the family to New York, where he remarried and had two sons. When her father was struck and killed by an automobile while walking on New York’s Park Avenue, the family moved to Ohio to live with an uncle, while Peg remained in New York to pursue her career as a stage actress. Wanting a shot at Hollywood, she moved there in 1930, hoping to become noticed as an actress in the movies. To pay bills, she worked on the stage, but attended parties of the Hollywood royalty, hoping they would notice her and offer her a part. She finally achieved her goal, winning the role of Hazel Cousins in “Thirteen Women” (1932), her only film. When no further roles were offered her, she became depressed and began drinking heavily. On the night of September 16, 1932, after a night of heavy drinking, she climbed the 50-foot “H” on the Hollywoodland sign (named for a real estate development) and jumped to her death. Her body was discovered by a hiker two days later, 100 feet below the sign. Today she is remembered for being an example of the lost aspirations of many who go to Hollywood to become actors or actresses. Ironically, the day after her death, a letter arrived at her home, offering her the lead role in a stage play about a woman driven to suicide. Initially, her body could not be identified, and she left behind the following suicide note: “I am afraid I am a coward. I am sorry for everything. If I had done this a long time ago, it would have saved a lot of pain. P.E.” The note was published in several newspapers in the hope that someone would recognize her; her uncle recognized the initials and traveled to Hollywood, where he identified her body in the morgue. Her body was cremated and the ashes interred in her father’s grave in Oak Hill Cemetery in Glendale, Ohio (www.findagrave.com)