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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 Nearly 30 previously unpublished images from the author's collection, the Entwistle family, and a number of other sources complete an intimate look at a life that was defined by far more than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 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 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 Get to know Peg Entwhistle through this excellent book! 21 Sep 2014
By B. Thomerson - Published on
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I'm about 75% of the way through (according to my Kindle), and I finally had to put it down because I know how the story ends, and I am reluctant to read about her death. I know that sounds silly, but thanks to the excellent writing, I felt that I got to know Peg, and I really don't want this book to end. I've collected many books about Hollywood, the movies in general, moviemaking, and various stars of the golden era, and I never dared to dream that anyone would tackle this story because in every book about Hollywood, when Peg Entwhistle is mentioned, there's very little else written besides her grand gesture of jumping from the Hollywood sign. I salute James Zeruk for his painstaking research, obvious care for this forgotten woman, and his ability to put together a wonderful story that made her come to life again. This book greatly appealed to me, and I'm enjoying it immensely, even though I dread reading about her death. For those who order the Kindle version, the formatting is very good, and the pictures are pretty good quality (some, due to their originals, aren't crystal clear, but overall, the photos are sharp). I recommend this book!
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