Date: Wed, 28
Happy Halloween everyone! I hope you are all having a ghoulishly good day. I was trying to think of something fun to post today and realized one of my favorite supposedly haunted places is The Queen Mary. I have visited The Queen Mary in Long Beach several times, and have even taken quite a few tours. The ship is amazing. It is an art deco dream! So much gorgeous architecture and history to look at, you simply must go more than once.
The Queen Mary has been rumored to be haunted for years and years. The ship was originally built as a luxury liner, but then was used to transport soldiers during WWII. During the war, the “Grey Ghost,” as she was called, had a huge accident in which 300 or more soldiers were literally torn apart. Their ghosts are said to haunt the ship, especially in the boiler room and bottom areas of the ship.
During the ships run, there were reportedly 49 deaths, giving room to several “ghosts” to wander the ship today. Some say the 1st class pool area has been haunted by a few ghosts. One such would be the little girl they hear laughing, and making splashing sounds. Another spooky thing about the pool area, is that some mediums have suggested that there is a “cold spot” or “vortex” area where ghosts literally walk between worlds. CREEPY! In the first class swimming pool, which has been closed for more than three decades, women have often been seen appearing in 1930’s style swimming suits wandering the decks near the pool.
In the second class poolroom, the spirit of another little girl named Jackie is often been seen and heard. The unfortunate girl drowned in the pool during the ship’s sailing days and reputedly refused to move on, as her voice, as well as the sounds of laughter has been captured here.
n the Queen’s Salon, which once served as the ship’s first-class lounge, a beautiful young woman in an elegant white evening gown has often been seen dancing alone in the shadows of the corner of the room.
Yet more odd occurrences have been made in a number of first-class staterooms. Here, reports have been made of a tall dark haired man appearing in a 1930’s style suit, as well as water running and lights turning on in the middle of the night, and phones ringing in the early morning hours with no one on the other end of the line.
In the third class children’s playroom, a baby’s cry has often been heard, which is thought to be the infant boy who died shortly after his birth.
Other phenomenon occurring throughout the ship, are the sounds of distinct knocks, doors slamming and high pitched squeals, drastic temperature changes, and the aromas of smells long past.
These are but a few of the many reports of apparitions and strange events occurring at this luxury liner turned hotel. Make sure to visit the hotel and maybe you will see some ghosts of your own. Have a fantastic Halloween!
Happy Halloween everyone! I hope you are all excited about this fun-filled weekend. I am feeling a little festive, and am looking forward to a night in with some scary movies, so I thought I would post on my favorite, “Psycho.” How can you beat the soundtrack and creepy Norman Bates?
Hitchcock’s “Psycho” changed the horror film industry forever. He was able to scare us to death without a lot of gore. Here are some interesting facts about the film:
1. Chocolate syrup was used for the blood in the original Psycho.
2. The sound effect used during the stabbing scene was actually the sound of a knife stabbing a melon.
3. Among the actresses considered to play Marion Crane were: Martha Hyer, Hope Lange, Lana Turner, Shirley Jones and Piper Laurie (who wonderfully portrayed the religious fanatic, Margaret White in Carrie ). Janet Leigh (Jamie Lee Curtis’ mother) ultimately landed the role.
4. Alfred Hitchcock received a letter from an angry father whose daughter refused to take a shower after viewing the movie. Hitchcock simply replied, “Send her to the dry cleaners.”
5. In the “Peeping Tom” scene Norman Bates (played by Anthony Perkins) removes a painting from the wall to watch Marion undress. The painting is called “The Lock” by Jean-Honore Fragonard and illustrates a man about to rape a woman.
6. Psycho cost $800,000 to film and earned an astounding $40 million.
7. In the trailer, Hitchcock yanks back a shower curtain to expose a screaming woman. The woman is Vera Miles, who plays Marion’s sister, Lila Crane.
8. The MPAA insisted on the removal of the term “transvestite” from the film, deeming it vulgar. They allowed it once it was explained to them that the term was not vulgar, but used to describe a psychological condition
9. During the filming, Alfred Hitchcock placed the prop used as Mrs. Bates’ corpse in Janet Leigh’s dressing room without her knowledge. He did this to test the fear factor of the prop.
10. Every time a driver exits a vehicle in the film, he/she does so via the passenger side door.
11. Unlike anyone before him, Hitchcock absolutely insisted that viewers be present from the very start of the film. In some theaters, a record was played, counting down the time left before the show commenced.
12. In the movie, Marion Crane embezzled $40,000; ironically, that is the exact amount of money that Anthony Perkins was paid for his performance as Norman Bates.
13. Hitchcock originally wanted the shower scene to be silent, but after hearing Bernard Herrmann’s musical score, he had a change of heart. Hitchcock credits one-third of the film’s success to the brilliant and compelling musical score and doubled Herrmann’s salary.
14. When the film begins, Marion is seen in a white bra; Hitchcock chose white to symbolize purity. After she embezzles the money and is undressing at the motel, she is wearing a black bra; this was meant to symbolize that she was no longer pure because she had committed an evil act. The same effect was used with her pocketbooks in the film: prior to the theft, her purse was white; after the theft, her purse was black.
15. The 1957 Ford driven by Marion in the film is owned by Universal and is the exact same car used by the Cleavers in “Leave it to Beaver.”
16. The woman who played Janet Leigh’s body double in about half of the shower-scene shots was named Myra Jones. In a sad case of life imitating art, Jones was stabbed to death in 1988. Her killer? A mentally disturbed handyman who targeted older women. He’d murdered at least one other before her – that police know about.
Interesting huh? Have a great Halloween!!! See you tomorrow!
Joan Crawford is still one of the most extremely famous actresses of all time. Her reputation, however, is questionable. It is no secret that Joan and Bette Davis had no love for one another, but I was shocked to find this evidence of that dislike: “Davis was nominated for an Academy Award that year for her performance as “Baby Jane” and Crawford aggressively, but secretly, campaigned against her. Unbeknown to Davis, Crawford had contacted all of the Oscar nominees beforehand to tell them that she would be happy to accept the Oscar on their behalf if they were unable to attend the ceremony. Both Davis and Crawford were backstage when the absent Anne Bancroft was announced as the winner. Crawford reportedly elbowed her way past Davis and said, “Excuse me, I have an Oscar to accept.”‘ Um, can you say “bitchy?”
I always felt that Joan Crawford had this scary look to her. Even though she was beautiful, she just seemed like the kind of broad you didn’t want to cross. It is well known that her adopted daughter, Christina wrote a memoir about her life with Joan, “Mommie Dearest.” In the book, Christina basically exposes her mother as a psychotic, cruel, selfish woman. But, what many don’t know, is that the house that Christina grew up in with her mother, was always rumored to be haunted, and continues to this day to be full of the presence of Joan Crawford.
According to Sherry Hansen-Steiger and Brad Steiger from from “Hollywood and the Supernatural,” there were rumors of haunting manifestations in Joan Crawford’s former Brentwood home.
When asked if there were manifestations or hauntings that she could remember as a child living there, Christina recounted the following:
I have vivid memories of some things, but when you are severely abused, you tend to block out other things. I’m positive that there were manifestations occurring there when I was little. I saw them! There were places in the house that were always so cold that nobody wanted to go in them.
As a child, I was always told that I had an active and vivid imagination; I was always scared by things, but people just told me that I just had an “active imagination.” Years later, I thought, oh well, maybe that was good to have had an active imagination, and I became a writer because of that.
But as a child, I saw things in the house! There was, of course, no context or framework in which to put what I saw and felt. I had nobody to speak to about the occurrences.
Any time I would become extremely frightened and would get out of my bed to try and find somebody, I was always treated as though I were just being a “bad child” that didn’t want to go to sleep. I always expressed my fear to my mother because it was she that I went to find to help me…because I would be very upset and I’d be crying.
I used to have terrible nightmares and that kind of thing, but a lot of it had to do with the fact that I saw things in the night; so the solution to that finally was just to leave the lights on everywhere. One of the things I saw seemed a bit like an apparition of a child..or children, but as I said I may have blocked out a lot.
Christina told us that she had not been back to the house since she was seventeen. “That was when I went to college [in 1956], at which point, Crawford still owned the house.”
Christina recalled her last day there:
I remember the woman who had taken care of me and my two younger sisters since I was four years old just watching me, without saying a word. I was going from room to room in the house, without saying anything, just standing in the middle of each room, then going on to the next one. She finally asked me what I was doing. I told her that I would never see this house again, therefore, I was saying goodbye to it.
Many years after I had left, we met again. She was now an elderly woman and had retired. We always had been quite close. She told me she had always remembered the look on my face when I said my goodbyes to the house. It seemed a strange thing to do, to say, ‘I’ll never see this house again,’ when at that time there was absolutely no inkling of the house being sold. In fact, it was not sold for another two and a half to three years, and, indeed, I have never been back.
Christina had learned recently that the current owners of the house had called in the Reverend Rosalyn Bruyere of the Healing Light Center to work with the house:
Rosalyn described what she had seen in the house when she went there. She picked up on some things that astounded me because they seemed to validate what I may have seen and experienced when I was little. It gave me goose bumps when Rosalyn told me that she discovered so many spirits in the house and there had been signs of ritual abuse in one of the rooms. Many of the spirits had “underworld” connections.
I was sent to boarding school when I was ten years old. I came home infrequently after that. I always believed that I was sent away partly because I was too much the eyes and ears to the world–a witness. I saw too much, I guess.
Some of the things that I saw that were going on were very violent. Her (Joan Crawford’s) relationship with men, a number of men, was extremely violent. I was getting too old, and I was beginning to understand what was going on.
That house is so weird! Now, evidently, the walls are starting to catch fire! Other people have heard childrens cries in the walls! Every single owner has had trouble.
The first one was Crawford. She built the majority of the house. It was a small cottage when she bought it, but most of the house, she built. She sold it to Donald O’Connor, who sold it to the Anthony Newleys. They sold it, I think, to the current owner, who is a friend of the Revrend Rosalyn Bruyere, and they asked her to “work” on the house.
Every single family that has lived in that house has had horrible things happen…illnesses, alcoholism, addictions, relationship problems, and now, evidently with the current owner, the walls are breaking out in flames! I’ve heard that in particular it’s the wall that was behind Crawford’s bed.
Although the scene is in her book, Mommie Dearest, Christina reminded us that the last words that Joan Crawford uttered were to a woman who was kneeling at the foot of her bed, praying for her.
“As she was dying,” Christina said, “Crawford opened her eyes and said directly to the woman, ‘Don’t you dare ask God to help me!’ …and then she died.” It was such arrogance, Christina said, that she believes is a major part of the difficulty with the seemingly accursed house.
And that has nothing to do with me! So it would not surprise me in the least if the “haunting” spirit that is in the house is Crawford! She was capable of real evil. If you have never experienced that “look” from another human being, it is almost impossible to believe that such an experience could even exisit! I think perhaps that’s why so many people are unwilling to deal with the shadow side because they can’t really get themselves to believe that such a dimension exists.
My brother and I were absolutely terrified of her. In fact, there is a passage in “Mommie Dearest” that describes (“the look” on her face) when she tried to kill me when I was thirteen. We all saw “that look.” My brother and I talked about it extensively…it was not of an ordinary human being!
Later, we were able to contact the Reverend Rosalyn Bruyere of the Healing Light Center, who kindly agreed to share her thoughts on the manifestations in Joan Crawford’s former home.
“It is true that the house was afflicted with spontaneous fires, primarily in the wall behind where Joan Crawford’s bed used to be. However, I did not pick up that Joan Crawford’s ghost was there.”
The Reverend Bruyere expressed her opinion that the house had been poisoned in some way before Crawford had moved into the place but that the evil in the house had added to Joan’s neuroses. The actress had apparently built onto a pre-existing cottage in a very chaotic manner.
“Nothing is where it should be,” Rosalyn commented. “She added dining rooms and hallways that led to other dining rooms. It all combines to form an H-shaped house. Turn a corner and you’re lost.”
The noted healer, who in this case served as an exorcist to clear the home, said that she found the haunting existing in levels.
“It was a place of conspicuous negativity. I called it an ‘Astral Central,’ a gathering of spirits that were attracted to the negative vibrations. People had been tied up and tortured in that house. I picked up on gangland figures, corrupt politicians. There is an area in the house where a child [not Christina] had been tortured and molested. Terrible things went on in that house.”
The Reverend felt that ghosts themselves were trying to burn the house down.
“Once the Beverly Hills Fire Department spent four days there attempting to solve the mystery of the spontaneous fires that would break out on the walls,” she said. “I feel the spirits were trying to burn the house down to protect some horrible secret. There is something hidden there. I am certain that there are bodies buried in that basement.”
She said that there had only been one recurrence in the house after she had exorcised and cleared it. “The house had become an astral dumping ground, but it seems clean now.”
When we [authors Brad and Sherry] visited the former Crawford home in the early 1990s, the current owners graciously allowed us to enter to film a segment for an HBO special on haunted Hollywood. The couple told us that they had experienced some mysterious pyrotechnic phenomena and had witnessed quite a number of apparitions of quite a wide variety of entities in various parts of the home. The couple said that the small cottage next to the swimming pool very often seemed to be center of haunting phenomena.
We kept in touch with the couple for quite some time. It was not long after we had filmed in the Crawford home that they decided to move. We have no comment from them whether or not it was because of any haunting phenomena.
It would seem over the past decade that the once haunted mansion of Joan Crawford has found peace, for we have heard of no further ghostly activity occurring in the home.
Hmmm…it seems that maybe I was right to dislike Crawford? What do you think? Oh well, here are some “haunting” images of Ms. Crawford in all her glory. Enjoy!
With Halloween fast approaching, I thought it was time for some spooky Hollywood tales. Many of the old “haunts” (ha ha) of famed actors and actresses are now torn down due to lack of care. But there are a few that are still around and have even been renovated over the years. The first such place is the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
The Roosevelt opened in 1927 and was host to several of the Hollywood elite. Many famous Hollywood legends such as Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift stayed here in its heyday. The hotel remained popular for many years and then in 1984, underwent a restoration. Since that time, the ghosts, they say, have been putting in frequent appearances. The first strange event took place in December 1985, about two weeks before the grand re-opening. Alan Russell, the personal assistant to the General Manager, was in the Blossom Room, where the first Academy Awards banquet was held in 1929 (I was just in this exact room in August and it is GORGEOUS!). He was sweeping the floor and noticed an extremely cold spot in one part of the room. He and the other employees who were present were perplexed to find there were no drafts or air conditioners to explain away the chill. Psychics who have investigated the hotel believe there is a man in black clothing who haunts this room, although who he may be, no one knows.
On that same day, another employee named Suzanne Leonard was dusting a mirror in the manager’s office. She looked into the glass and saw the reflection of a blond woman there. She turned quickly around but there was no one behind her, although the reflection remained for some time before fading away. So, who was this mysterious figure? It was later learned that the mirror once hung in Suite 1200 of the hotel, a suite that was frequently used by Marilyn Monroe. Could she still be lingering behind at the Roosevelt?
As guests began to arrive at the refurbished hotel, the staff was told of other encounters. They frequently heard complaints about loud talking in nearby rooms and of voices in hallways…rooms and corridors that would prove to be empty. Phones were lifted from receivers in empty suites…lights turned on in empty, locked rooms … a maid was inexplicably pushed into a supply closet…a typewriter began typing in the middle of the night in an empty, locked office…a man in a white suit (who was seen by three different people on two different days) walked through a door and vanished …extra bedspreads that were hung on a rod in the basement began moving on their own…a little girl was seen playing in the lobby and then vanished before the eyes of a startled staff member…and much more.
Some employees also reported strange shadows on the Ninth floor, prompting many of them to refuse to work on that level. Strange things were especially connected to Room 928. Here, housekeepers have reported cold spots that brush by them and others have felt a strong presence watching them or walking beside them. One night in 1992, a female guest reported that a man’s hand patted her on the shoulder while she was reading. She turned, thinking that it was her husband, only to find him sound asleep.
Room 928 has been most prominently connected to actor Montgomery Clift, who lived in the room for three months in 1952 while filming From Here to Eternity. Clift was said to restlessly pace his room and the corridor outside, rehearsing his lines and practicing the bugle. And some say that he still does…
Wow! What an exciting place! I can honestly say that it is truly amazing to be inside the Roosevelt. You can imagine being there in the 1940’s with all the other starlets. It definitely has a “haunting” quality about it. Enjoy the photos!
Haunted Places: The National Directory By Dennis William Hauck (1996)
Hollywood Haunted by Laurie Jacobson and Marc Wannamaker (1994)
Hollywood and the Supernatural by Brad and Sherry Steiger (1990)
Hollywood Babylon by Kenneth Anger (1975)
Hollywood Babylon 2 by Kenneth Anger (1984)
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (official website www.hollywoodroosevelt.com)