My friend wrote a book about Peg Entwistle and made a short film, but…

Kelly Brand in "Peg Entwistle's Last Walk" photo by Cynthia Perry for Hope Anderson Productions
Kelly Brand in “Peg Entwistle’s Last Walk” photo by Cynthia Perry for Hope Anderson Productions

One of the things I found most intriguing about this insightful and touching portrait of a golden girl’s fatal plunge into depression, was Hope Anderson’s account of filming the reenactment of Peg Entwistle’s last walk from from her home on Beachwood Canyon, up to the Hollywood sign.

From finding a young movie star’s antelope handbag from 1932 in which to carry Peg’s suicide note, from casting the perfect flawless actress to play the part, to cajoling neighbors to provide power for night shoots, to making sandwiches to feed the crew; Hope takes us on a typical film journey. And here’s the thing — it takes grit, a bit of magic, and a whole hell of a lot determination to carry it off.

What a fascinating story, and on so many levels. I hope you all read: Peg Entwistle and The Hollywood Sign eBook: Hope Anderson: Books.

Hope has just finished an accompanying DVD called “Peg Entwistle: The Life and Death of an Actress” that consists of both the short and her bio. She’s currently in the process of creating a new website that will have digital downloads as well as DVDs for sale, and it’s not up yet. But, if you’re interested in further information you can contact her via Under the Hollywood Sign | History and Filmmaking in the Heart of Hollywood. Or email:

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  1. Heather in Arles
    November 9, 2013

    Will most certainly take a looksee Ms V. If you think it is good, ‘nuf said!

    • November 10, 2013

      It’s fascinating. I think you’ll like it.

  2. November 9, 2013

    Thanks for this info. A tragic story, and I’m keen to learn more about this filmmaker and her film.

    • November 10, 2013

      Very sad and very interesting, especially since she was so young. Glad somebody with Hope’s insight and sensitivity was doing the research.

  3. November 9, 2013

    Certainly tragic.Depression can literally be killing.Apparently an odd fact about depression and people who tragically kill themselves is that it occurs not at the deepest point of depression when energy is so low that a person cannot do anything.The danger arrives when the person starts to move up and, out as then there is just enough energy to do the deed.This information is apparently based on many psychological studies.

    Yes even now it resonates with me on the tragic level.Poor Peg.

    • November 10, 2013

      I didn’t realize that about suicidal depression. Thank you, Edward. That’s good to know.

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