According to an article on Contact Music and a variety of other sources, comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is concerned about ghostly activity that has been occurring in a Los Angeles home she bought in January with her wife Portia Di Rossi.
The Brody House in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles was known to be haunted by the wife of Sidney Brody. Brody, a property developer, had the house built in 1951 specifically for his wife, Frances. She was a well known art collector and philanthropist. Frances died in 2009 after an extensive illness at the age of 93.
The 13,000-square-foot house cost Ellen and Portia $40 million when they purchased it in January 2014 but they did not know that they would have to share it with an unseen housemate that would keep them up at night.
Friends close to the couple have said that “Ellen is totally freaked out” after hearing phantom footsteps, “doors opening and closing” and “a woman’s faint cry” in the middle of the night. It was also reported that the star has not been able to have a “solid night’s sleep” since taking ownership of the house.
It was also noted that Ellen and Portia had done some remodeling inside the house, which is right next door to the Playboy mansion, and believed that would get rid of any ghostly presence. Unfortunately, remodeling frequently results in more paranormal goings on especially if the former resident does not like the changes that were made.
An unnamed source told the National Enquirer magazine that friends of the couple have advised them to hold a “spiritual cleansing ceremony”to restore peace and quiet in the home with some positive energy.
Previous to moving into the Brody house, Ellen said she did not believe in ghosts. Now she is reconsidering that statement. However, now she believes that it is Frances who is making her home a frightening place because even in death, she still believes it is her house.
Last October Ellen sent her writer, Amy, and her executive producer, Andy, out to a haunted house. Ellen got quite a kick out of watching how frightened they were, particularly Andy. Ellen probably does not find it quite so funny now that she has experienced a real haunting.