- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: McFarland; 1St Edition edition (October 25, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786473134
- ISBN-13: 978-0786473137
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,430,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Peg Entwistle and the Hollywood Sign Suicide: A Biography 1St Edition Edition
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"For the first time, author James Zeruk reveals the rich, true life story of talented stage actress Peg Entwistle and her connection to the Hollywoodland Sign."--Mary Mallory, author of Hollywoodland
"Peg Entwistle has gone down in history for her tragic suicide, becoming a figure rather than a genuine person in the minds of those who are aware of her. James Zeruk has done the research to discover just who Peg Entwistle was, detailing her accomplishments, triumphs, and failures in a compelling story that is a must for anyone interested in cinema's rich history."--James L. Neibaur, author and film historian
"For decades, the truth about Peg Entwistle was shrouded in mystery and distorted by myth and misinformation. Through diligence and painstaking research, James Zeruk finally sets the record straight, unveiling the remarkable story of a talented, intelligent actress whose life was all too brief. This long-overdue biography is scholarship of the highest order."--Ted Okuda, author and film historian.
"I have been reading show-business biographies for more than 40 years, both as a fan and an editor, and I am a tough audience. James Zeruk, Jr.'s Peg Entwistle and the HOLLYWOOD Sign Suicide is easily one of the ten best biographies I have ever read ... Settle in for a great read ... Peg Entwistle is one of the most intriguing figures of Broadway and Hollywood, and one of the few to whom the word "tragic" can be accurately applied. And--more than 80 years after her epic death--she finally has the biographer she deserves."--Eve Golden, author and film historian.
"Very well researched and excellently written ... one of the best biographies ever written ... dispels so many myths and misinformation about Peg and her suicide. I couldn't put it down until I reached the last page ... a great book for researchers...." -- Bruce Torrence, Hollywood historian, author of HOLLYWOOD: The First 100 Years, creator of the prestigious Bruce Torrence Hollywood Photograph Collection.
About the Author
James Zeruk, Jr., lives in Los Angeles, California.
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I was honored to have brought such an amazing book, a book even Peg herself would of loved.
The author deserves credit for doing what appears to be one heck of a lot of research about Peg Entwistle's life and career.
Something that hasn't been done before, at least to my knowledge.
While the book is a little long on dates and other minutia and short on first hand insight into the person on MS Entwistle, that is kind of to be expected when you're subject only lived 24 yrs and died in 1932.
It is obvious that the author is in love with his subject.
But I have a hard time faulting him too much for that, as I have had a pretty good crush on Peg myself, since the late 70's.
I do however fault him for being what we would call an enabler, if such a term can be applied to a biographer.
Peg's ex-husband, Robert Keith, takes a written beating before he ever enters the story proper, and long after he has left it.
One has to wonder how this, according to the author, uncontrollable alcoholic while married to Peg, managed to find steady work with not a little success, stay married to the same lady, all after being divorced from Peg.
Also, the author blames the movers and shakers of Broadway for holding Peg's ex-husband's faults against her.
Going do far as to blackball her from the NY stage.
Yet other actors and actresses, who personally did worse than Peg's ex, still found work, often starring roles on the NY stages.
My last comment is about Peg's death.
A lot of speculation, amateur psychoanalysis and just plain guessing goes into the why and deciphering the suicide note.
It is here that the "enabling" really shows.
But, if you have always wanted to know more about the Hollywood Sign Girl, I recommend reading this book, despite the author's over involvement with his subject.
Ohhhhh, yes, you could buy dynamite at the local hardware store, even up to the early 60's.
People used it to clear their land and for other reasons.
Back in the "good old days".
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Also, the author is a very rude man who calls anyone who disagrees with him vulgar...Read more