Peg Entwistle, the British actress at the center of Ryan Murphy's latest show, Hollywoodhas a tragically true story that goes beyond what is mentioned in the Netflix hit. While the British actress who jumped to her death from the Hollywoodland shield is the main character in Archie's (Jeremy Pope) screenplay, aptly titled PegWe never find out exactly what happened to this actress in real life.
Millicent Lillian Entwistle was born on February 5, 1908. After her parents separated as a child, Entwistle and her father moved to New York City, where she fell in love with Broadway. After seeing Peg o & # 39; My HeartIt changed its name to Peg. Her father died in an accident shortly afterwards, and Entwistle and her half-brothers moved with their family to Ohio and then to Los Angeles. However, Entwistle landed on the east coast in Boston and New York shortly afterwards and got her big break in a production The wild duck A young Bette Davis saw her appear on the show and later said that Entwistle inspired her to become an actress.
Entwistle did a few more shows on the east coast, but finally moved to LA in 1932 to become a movie star. What Entwistle thought was her big film break – RKOs Thirteen women – was her last. Although she turned a significant amount for the role, much of it was cut out due to censorship. RKO also did not renew their contract with the studio.
At the time, Entwistle was, according to one episode, the You have to remember that Podcast. James Zeruk Jr., author of Peg Entwistle and the Hollywood Sign Suicide: A BiographyEntwistle wrote to her uncle with whom she was living at the time that she would go to the drug store after things had broken down with RKO, but she never came back.
On September 18, 1932, a hiker found Entwistle's things, including a note that said, "I'm afraid I'm a coward. I'm sorry. If I had done that a long time ago it would have saved a lot of pain. PE "The hiker also reported seeing a body under the Hollywoodland sign.
It is believed that Entwistle climbed a ladder on the "H" of the shield and jumped to his death. The authorities decided that it was suicide. She was just 24 years old. Entwistle was buried by her father in a cemetery in Glendale, OH.