Ghost Stories of Hollywood Paperback – Sep 1 2000
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This Hollywood theme collection of ghost folk tales are sorted by their various settings, including the spirits' former homes, hotels, forms of transportation, public places, graveyards, theaters, and studios. Some legendary greats and forgotten souls of the film and TV industry appear as central characters in these stories, either as ghosts or witnesses. This volume is also liberally illustrated with black and white photos of the haunted sites and superior pencil portraits by Arlana Anderson-Hale.
Jayne Mansfield is still seen sunbathing by the pool of her celebrated home, the Pink Palace, and no matter how many times subsequent owner Ringo Starr tried to repaint the walls, her favorite color still bled through. John Wayne visits his beloved yacht, THE WILD GOOSE. Sharon Tate had a precognitive vision of "the image of a human form tied to the stair rail, bleeding from slashes to the throat and quite obviously dying." For many years, a mysterious woman in black regularly visited the final resting place of Rudolph Valentino, who some believe frequents the costume department of Paramount Studios.
The lack of research effort put into this 2000 volume is painfully obvious. With the exception of personal experiences Smith relates, there is little consultation with primary sources, such as direct interviews with eyewitnesses or references to documents with first-hand accounts. Most of the stories she delivers are amalgamations of material that's been published before and not even accurate.Read more ›