Hollywood Haunts; Ghost Stories of Golden Age Hollywood - part 1

Harlow and Bern

Bombshell Jean Harlow and Hollywood genius Paul Bern tied the knot July 2, 1932. By all accounts the original odd couple.  He 22 years her senior, she the stunning cinema platinum beauty , he the intellectual Producer of MGM Studios. In four months the proverbial honeymoon was over . . . literally.  On September 5,1932 Paul Bern’s body was found in the Benedict Canyon home he shared with Harlow. The final cause of death was ruled suicide, gossip was that Bern’s was unable to consummate their vows during the four month marriage.

Jean Harlow

Paul Bern

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The home was labeled as jinxed and cursed because of two drowning deaths in the home’s swimming pool, and premature death of a previous owner.

Many claim that Paul Bern still roams the residence from time to time. In 1966 one visitor claimed that she saw a "creepy little man" (Paul Bern was very slight and small in stature) enter the bedroom where she slept. The “person” seem to roam the room looking for something, she was so frighten that she immediately left the room.

The visitor went flying down the stairs, midway she was stopped by a vision at the bottom of the stairway. It wasn’t clear to the sex of the person, but she could tell it’s throat was cut. Incidentally, the "visitor" was Sharon Tate who, in 1969 at age 26, fell victim to the infamous Charles Manson's bloody, murder spree, just blocks from the Harlow / Bern mansion. It is said that there are some who feel the "vision" Ms. Tate experienced was a premonition of things to come.

Sharon Tate

Rudolph "Great Lover" Valentino

Falcons Lair

Falcons Lair (outside)

Valentino's Falcons Lair

Rudolph Valentino

August 23, 1926 marks the death of then legend the “Great Lover” Rudolph Valentino. Official ruling of death was inflammation of appendix after surgery, but the rumor milled ruled death by arsenic poisoning. The legendary Valentino was a lover on and off screen therefore, it was speculated that the cause of death was revenge poisoning by a woman scorned.

After Valentino’s death was announced, two female fans tried to end it all in front of his hospital, and another tried suicide by poison. At the crypt, where the actor was laid to rest, a “woman in black” is said to come back on each anniversary of the actor's death to pay homage with flowers. Granted he’s not a blurb on our screens today, but in his time he was the icon of the era.

There is a silver ring that belonged to the icon that is said to have been cursed. Bringing sickness, and other maladies to those that possessed or owned it. Falcons Lair, Valentino’s mansion, is said to be haunted with his apparition, because the actor refused to believe he’s dead. His spirit is said to frequently roam the dark hallways, and stables of the property.

Footsteps have been heard throughout the home, and as late as 1989 his apparition was seen, and felt my a visitor spending the night. The young lady claims that she felt a weight on the edge of her bed as if someone had just sat down, she peeked from under the sheets, in which she had hidden, only to see Valentino’s face staring back.

I suppose Valentino is now homeless since the main portion of Falcons Lair was bulldozed. The fencing, gate and garage are the only remnants left of the grand mansion from Valentino’s residency.

Women are not in love with me but with the picture of me on the screen. I am merely the canvas on which women paint their dreams.
-Rudolph Valentino - 1923

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pmccray 5 years ago from Utah Author

LillyGrillzit - you're most welcome!

creativeone59 - you're also welcome!

Revlady - I agree and would like to add celebrities would be more inclined to "haunt" old haunts due to such inflated egos that refuse to die.

epigramman - What a delicious compliment. I thank you sir.

Micky Dee - "I ain't afraid of no ghosts" - lyrics from the movie Ghostbusters.

Nell Rose - I know huh, the hair rose up on the back of my neck while writing this hub.

Sage Williams - I thank you for taking the time to read my piece and commenting.

Pleasant dreams my friends.

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Sage Williams 5 years ago

pmccray - Wow, you have a way of really telling it like it is. Amazing story. Thanks so much for all your hard work. Enjoyed the history.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, I really enjoyed reading this hub, this was right up my street! I remember reading about Valentino's ring being cursed, a while back, but not that much about it. That's creepy about Sharon tate, seeing her own demise! great stuff, rated up and everything, loved it! cheers nell

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Micky Dee 5 years ago

You know pmccray, I danced on your buttons but really ghosts? Hah! I can't beli...shhh...I hear something...

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epigramman 5 years ago

...this is one of my favorite hubs in the recent 100 years of my life as a hub vampire - and I love it so!!!!!

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RevLady 5 years ago from Lantana, Florida

For me, reading this hub was like taking a tour through the chambers of yesterday meeting anew old friends and being reminded of past tragedies. Thanks for sharing.

Forever His,

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creativeone59 5 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank you pmccray, for a very excitng and awesome hub, I enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing it. Godspeed. creativeone59

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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

Thank you for this Haunting Hub!

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