Actress Who Leaped to Death from Hollywood Sign Gets Own Film

Actress Who Leaped to Death from Hollywood Sign Gets Own Film

Peg Entwistle, the 24-year-old actress who made national headlines after she dove head first from the Hollywood sign in 1932, will finally get her own movie.

Entwistle started her career on Broadway in 1925 but had dreams of becoming a famous film actress. She married actor Robert Keith in 1927, but they divorced two years later, after she found out that he had a six-year-old son and had been married once before.

In 1932, the blonde actress thought she was finally catching her big break after she booked a small role on Thirteen Women. This was her first and only feature film. 

It was the height of The Great Depression, her film contract for Thirteen Women was not optioned, no stage jobs were to be found, and she couldn’t afford to return to her family in New York. The aspiring actress fell into a deep depression. 

On the morning of Sept. 18, 1932, Peg Entwistle jumped from the Hollywood sign and ended her life.

An unidentified hiker discovered her body, along with a suicide note inside of her purse, and notified the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood station.

“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 read.

Thirteen Women premiered one month after her death at the Roxy Theater in New York City.

More than 82 years later, Peg Entwistle will be the star of her own film. 

Writer-director Tony Kaye and producer Arthur Sarkissian plan to bring to life the tragic story of the aspiring film actress who fell victim to the struggles of Hollywood.

Entwistle did gain her fame, later being nicknamed “The Hollywoodland Sign Girl.” 


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