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The Hollywoodland Sign Suicide (standard:poetry, 195 words)
Author: kendall thomas Added: Jul 29 2006Views/Reads: 1919/0Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Suicide of

(for Peg Entwistle) 

she jumped off the H 

and fell to the ground 

at least that's the story 

but what did she think 

on the way down 

did she change her mind 

did she finally shriek 

at the brutal reality of it 

or did she smile 

for the lack of it 


poised to jump 

did she pause 

could something small 


in the corner of her eye 

have changed her fate 

did she bid farewell 

is the story true 


all that's left 

a microfilm 

of a vanished page 

light passing 

through shadows 

until only shadows 


"On the night of September 18, 1932, after a night of heavy drinking,
she climbed the 50 foot "H" on the Hollywoodland sign (named for a real 
estate development) and jumped off the sign to the ground, killing 
herself instantly. Today she is remembered for being an example of the 
lost aspirations of many who go to Hollywood to become actors or 
actresses. Ironically, the day after her death, a letter arrived at her 
home, offering her the lead role in a stage play about a woman driven 
to suicide." ( bio by Kit & Morgan Benson)


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