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Ghosts of Hollywood Legends, Part 3

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Today's culture seems to be endlessly enthralled and fascinated by celebrity, and our interest often continues -- sometimes increases -- after the movie star, musician or TV personality has died. We want them to continue to entertain us, I suppose, which is why we're tantalized by rumors, anecdotes and eyewitness reports of ghosts of our most popular stars and the places they are said to haunt. Here are more ghosts of Hollywood legends.

Anna Nicole Smith

Anna Nicole Smith
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Anna Nicole Smith once said she wanted to be the next Marilyn Monroe. Although she didn't have Monroe's talent or charisma, she was like Monroe in that she was a pretty blonde who had sex appeal, posed for Playboy, and died too young. She was also famous for marrying a wealthy oil tycoon, who was old enough to be her grandfather, and her reality TV show. She died at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida in February, 2007 of a drug overdose (like Marilyn).

Ghost: Anna Nicole's spirit has allegedly been seen wandering the halls of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel. Some believe her ghost might be confused because after her death, the hotel renovated the suite where she died and renumbered all the rooms on the floor.

Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison
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Ranked #47 on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Singers of All Time," Jim Morrison was the charismatic lead singer of The Doors with such hits as "Light My Fire," "People Are Strange" and "Love Her Madly." In July, 1971, Morrison was found dead in the bathtub of his apartment in Paris, and although there was no autopsy, it is believed he died from snorting heroin, which he believed to be cocaine.

Ghost: Like Elvis, some believe that Morrison is still actually alive, despite his oft-visited grave in Paris. His ghost is said to haunt a Mexican restaurant in Los Angles because the building once served as The Doors' recording studio and workshop. There may even be a ghost photo of Morrison belonging to longtime rock historian Brett Meisner.

Ozzie Nelson

Ozzie Nelson

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet was a unique TV show in that it depicted a real-life family -- dad and mom Ozzie and Harriet, and sons David and Ricky Nelson -- in a fictional-story sitcom. The popular show ran from 1952 to 1966. Ozzie was the hands-on producer of the show and co-wrote many of the episodes. He died of liver cancer in 1975.

Ghost: Ozzie's ghost haunts the Nelson's home on Camino Palermo St. in Los Angeles. His apparition has been seen on several occasions in various parts of the house. Those who have lived there since the Nelsons have reported such activity as footsteps, faucets and lights turning on and off by themselves, and doors opening and closing.

Errol Flynn

Errol Flynn
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Errol Flynn was the quintessential action star of his day, known for his swashbuckling roles in such films as Captain Blood and The Adventures of Robin Hood. His off-screen Hollywood lifestyle was just as action-packed, well-known for his wild parties, womanizing and boozing. He died in October, 1959 of a heart attack at the age of 50.

Ghost: Flynn is believed to haunt Mulholland Farm, the house he built near Beverly Hills that featured secret passageways, two-way mirrors and peepholes. After Flynn's death, the house was owned by Stuart Hamblen, who reported various types of poltergeist activity. Then it was owned by Ricky Nelson, whose family reported the phantom sounds of breaking glass, chairs being thrown about and banging on the walls.

Lucille Ball

Lucille Ball

As the wacky red-headed "Queen of Comedy," Lucy enjoyed a long career on TV with her shows I Love Lucy, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show and Here's Lucy. She remains one of the most influential American comediennes and her shows are still popular in re-runs and on DVD. She died in April, 1989.

Ghost: Lucy's ghost may still be getting into trouble at her Beverly Hills home on Roxbury Drive. Those who have lived there since have reported loud voices in the attic, furniture being rearranged and even unexplained broken windows. Lucy is also thought to haunt the building that served as DesiLu Studios on the Paramount lot where night watchmen have reported a female ghost on the upper floor who gives off a perfumed scent.

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