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.
Best known for her role as as private investigator Jill Munroe in TV's Charlie's Angels, Farrah Fawcett also was featured in one of the best-selling pin-up posters of all time -- 12 million copies! She won critical acclaim for her acting in The Burning Bed (1984), for which she earned an Emmy Award nomination. She died of cancer in 2009.
Ghost: In 2010, "actress" Tori Spelling claims she was contacted by the ghost of Farrah Fawcett when she was trying to contact the spirit of her dead father through a medium. Farrah came through instead, saying that she had important messages for her husband, actor Ryan O'Neal, and family.
Farrah's first contact through a medium was back in 2009. Her best friend, Alana Stewart, enlisted the help of psychic medium James Van Praagh on a televised seance for the program Psychic Hollywood: The Search For Truth. Van Praagh claims to have sensed Farrah's spirit, who thanked Stewart for wearing a bracelet she gave her for her birthday.
Mama Cass Elliot
Mama Cass Elliot was a singer with The Mamas and the Papas, along with Denny Doherty, John Phillips, and Michelle Phillips. They had a string of huge hits throughout the late 1960s. She died of a heart attack in 1974.
Ghost: Actor and comedian Dan Aykroyd, of Saturday Night Live and Ghostbusters fame, claims to have seen the ghost of Mama Cass haunts his house, once owned by her. "It once even crawled into bed with me," Aykroyd said. "I rolled over and just nuzzled up to whatever it was and went back to sleep. The ghost also turns on the Stairmaster and moves jewelry across the dresser. I'm sure it's Mama Cass because you get the feeling it's a big ghost."
John Lennon was a member of the Beatles and with partner Paul McCartney one of the best-selling song writers of all time. Lennon was a social activist and had a successful solo musical career; he was working on a new album when he was assassinated in front of his New York City apartment building by Mark David Chapman in 1980.
Ghost: In 1994, the surviving former members of The Beatles -- Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr -- got together to record "Free As a Bird," a song written by Lennon before his death. During the recording session, paranormal experiences were reported. "There were a lot of strange goings-on in the studio -— noises that shouldn't have been there and equipment doing all manner of weird things," McCartney said. "There was just an overall feeling that John was around."
In 2006, producers of a British pay-per-view televised seance claimed that John Lennon's spirit came through with a one-word message: "Peace."
In 2007, Lennon's son, Julian, said he was contacted by the ghost of his late father. At the time, Julian was taking part in a traditional Australian Aboriginal ceremony when a tribal leader handed him a white feather. Julian found this highly significant since John had told him that if he should ever die to be vigilant for the gift of a white feather. It would mean that he was present and looking out for him.