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Ghosts of Hollywood Legends, Part 2

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APPARENTLY, SOME MOVIE STARS didn't get enough attention from press and fans while they were alive. Their ghosts keep showing up, perhaps for one last performance. Hollywood is full of glamour, ambition, craziness, sordid tales - even talent. And while ghosts and other tales of the paranormal have always been great movie material, Tinseltown also has its own real-life ghost stories. The envelope please...

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe
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Marilyn Monroe's beauty and talent made her a big star and a bona fide Hollywood icon, delighting audiences in such films as Some Like It Hot and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. She died by apparent suicide in 1962 at the age of 36.

Ghost: Marilyn was a frequent guest of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel at the height of her popularity, a place where several Hollywood ghosts are said to be seen. Although she died in her Brentwood home, her image has been glimpsed on several occasions in a full-length mirror that once hung in her poolside suite. The mirror has been relocated to the hotel's lower level by the elevators. There also have been reports of her ghost wandering among the gravestones near her tomb in L.A.'s Westwood Memorial Cemetery.

Montgomery Clift

Montgomery Clift
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Another respected star who died before his time, Montgomery Clift, was a four-time Oscar nominated actor who is best known for his roles in A Place in the Sun, From Here to Eternity and Judgment at Nuremberg. He died in July, 1966 of a heart attack in his New York City townhouse.

Ghost: Clift's ghost also has been seen at the Roosevelt Hotel. According to some of the hotel's staff, Clift's spirit haunts room number 928. Clift stayed in that suite in 1953, pacing back and forth, memorizing his lines for From Here to Eternity. Loud, unexplained noises have been heard coming from the empty suite, and its phone is occasionally found mysteriously off the hook. Some guests have reportedly felt a ghostly hand touching their shoulders.

Harry Houdini

Harry Houdini
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Harry Houdini is best known as a magician and escape artist, of course, but at the height of his fame he was also drawn to Hollywood, where he made a handful of silent films from 1919 to 1923. He died on Halloween night, 1926 at the age of 52 of a ruptured appendix.

Ghost: Houdini's interest in the occult was well known. Shortly before his death, he made a pact with his wife Bess that if he could, he would make contact with her from the other side. Some claim to have seen the ghost of Houdini walking around in the home he owned on Laurel Canyon Blvd. in the Hollywood Hills. Every Halloween, seances are conducted to try to contact the spirit of Houdini, and several claim to have received messages from him, although they cannot be confirmed.

George Reeves

George Reeves as Superman
Photo: Warner Home Video, fair use
From 1953 to 1957, George Reeves was TV's Superman. Reeves had been around Hollywood for a while, playing bit parts in such films as Gone with the Wind and dozens of B-movies, but it was The Adventures of Superman on TV that brought him fame. Reeves died of a gunshot at his home in 1959. The official cause of death was suicide, but that conclusion has been hotly disputed, with some believing that Reeves was murdered.

Ghost: Whether it was suicide or murder, Reeves' ghost has been seen in his former Beverly Hills home. A couple claims to have seen the ghost of Reeves - decked out in his Superman costume - materialize in the bedroom where he died, after which it slowly faded away. Comedian Jeff DeHart also says he's seen Reeves' ghost.

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