DescriptionThe "Hollywood Sign Girl" Peg Entwistle Signs a Note to Mabelle Webb. The story of Peg Entwistle is one of the saddest in the annals of Hollywood tragedies. She was born in Wales in 1908 and her mother died when she was young. Peg immigrated with her father to New York in 1922 and pursued an acting career on Broadway. Personal tragedy struck again when her father was run over by a car. In 1927 Peg married Robert Keith, an older man with (unknown to her) a son from a previous marriage (the future actor Brian Keith). She divorced him, but not before paying the alimony he owed his ex-wife to keep him out of jail. The Great Depression made it hard for her to land acting jobs and soon she was dealing with depression of a more personal nature. She moved to Hollywood in 1932 to find work in the film industry but soon found herself with no money, no friends and no apparent prospects. On the night of September 18, 1932, she told her uncle (with whom she lived) that she was going to the drugstore to meet some friends. Instead, she climbed the slope to the landmark "Hollywoodland" (now Hollywood) sign. Leaving her coat and purse, which contained a suicide note, neatly folded at the base of the ladder that went up the letter "H," she climbed the fifty feet to the top and dived off head first- killing herself instantly. Ironically, a day after her death, her uncle received a letter addressed to her, offering her a part in a play- portraying a young girl driven to suicide!
Obviously July 18, 1929 was a happier time for Entwistle. She signed this Guest Book page: "To the 'It' girl of the Webb 'Estates.' (The one with the curl in the middle of her forehead). 'P Entwistle' 7/18/29." Also signing was New Yorker publisher "H. W. Ross, in appreciation of the beans 7/8/29," Joan Carter-Waddell, Michael Farmer, and others. In very good condition with only slight edge wear and mild toning. With COA from PSA/DNA.
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