Peg Entwistle is best known as a movie actress who, in 1932, was so despondent about her failing career that she famously climbed up to the top of the H on the Hollywood sign and jumped to her death. The legend continues that the day she died, there was a movie contract found in her mailbox.
This intriguing bit of movie lore has lived on for over 80 years, and even the most learned film historians knew little more. Any further investigation seemed unnecessary. It was deemed satisfactory enough that Peg Entwistle be remembered as one of many failed actresses who came to Hollywood in hopes of movie stardom. Her name and story continued to symbolize the failed dreams of movie hopefuls.
Author James Zeruk has taken the time to fully investigate the truth behind this bit of folklore with his book "Peg Entwistle and the Hollywood Sign Suicide."
The detail of this book his very impressive, Zeruk conducting years of careful, painstaking research in an effort to find the real truth behind this story. Obtaining the full cooperation of the Entwistle family, Zeruk draws information from Peg's brother, and her cousin, as well as the actress's own words from several letters she'd written to the family.
What is more interesting is that we discover Entwistle did enjoy some success on stage and in movies before her 1932 death. Zeruk chronicles these achievements, offering the compelling argument that Peg Entwistle is far more than a symbol of failed accomplishment. The book also includes rare family photos, and complete record of her film and theater performances.
Peg Entwistle has gone down in history for her tragic suicide, becoming a figure rather than a genuine person in the minds of those who are aware of her. James Zeruk has done the research to discover just who Peg Entwistle was, detailing her accomplishments, triumphs, and failures in a compelling story that is a must for anyone interested in cinema's rich history.