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Peg Entwistle and the Hollywood Sign Suicide: A Biography [Paperback]

James Zeruk

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30 Oct 2013
This book is the first complete biography of actress Peg Entwistle, known as the "Hollywood Sign Girl" because of her suicide fall from the Hollywood sign in 1932. It details her childhood, stage and film career, marriage and divorce, and her suicide and almost cult-like pop culture status today. Extensively researched and written with complete cooperation of the Entwistle family, this work includes excerpts from interviews with Peg Entwistle's brother Milton and her cousin Helen Reid, both of whom recalled much of Peg's years living in Hollywood, her career and private life, and her final weeks. It also features many of Peg Entwistle's own words from extant letters to her family and newly discovered interviews with theatrical reporters. Nearly 30 previously unpublished images from the author's collection, the Entwistle family, and a number of other sources complete an intimate look at a life that was defined by far more than its famously unhappy end.

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Freelance researcher James Zeruk, Jr., lives in Los Angeles, California.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Peg Entwistle, finally understood 22 Jun 2014
By Molly D. - Published on
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As a child I remember reading about the beautiful young actress who ended her life by jumping off of the Hollywood sign. I have always wondered what drove her to such a desperate act. James Zeruk Jr. has written a very sensitive and personal biography that is expertly researched. He pulls us into the heart and mind of a gifted actress, and provides a compelling look at Hollywood at that time. I highly recommend this book, it is one of the best biographies I have ever read. It is the only one that has ever brought me to tears.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Peg Entwistle and the Hollywood Sign Suicide: a Biography" 7 Jun 2014
By Judith Kay McGee - Published on
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A well-written biography about Broadway actor Peg Entwistle, who was often mentioned by Bette Davis as one of the best actresses she ever saw. Amongst the e-readers, this book is available in Nook format as well as Kindle. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly entertaining and beautifully researched 31 May 2014
By K. Johnson - Published on
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It goes to show what good, in depth, non- sensationalistic research will do to a book. Peg had a relatively short career but in a James Zeruk's skilled hands she emerges as a fully rounded personality with a whole life story. Mr Zeruk's excellent research and evocative prose style make Peg and her time come to life. Thoroughly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book! 31 May 2014
By Gia Lynne - Published on
I've always found old Hollywood fascinating and Peg's story is one full of hopes and dreams lost. The author truly did his research on his subject. There are no words to describe how wonderfully written Peg's story is. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in old Hollywood and the story of Peg Entwistle. I believe Peg would be very proud of this book. Loved!!! One of my all time favorite reads and will be read for years to come too. Please check this book out - you will not be disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 9 Feb 2014
By Mrs. M. Morgan - Published on
This book was the number one item on my Christmas list and I am so happy that my husband bought it for me. It is a fascinating look at Peg Entwistle and the author really brought both the woman and the era alive for me. The book is extremely well researched and when it ends, you have a real sense of why she chose to end her life in the way she did. Although of course I wished that she hadn't! I wrote a little about Peg in one of my own books and was fascinated to learn more. I am so glad that James decided to write this because through family letters and interviews, he showed me so much about the woman behind the Hollywood sign story. I'm a proud owner of this book, couldn't wait to read it every night, was sad when it ended and will read it again I'm sure.
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