A lowdown on places allegedly haunted by dead Hollywood celebrities

Jun 07, 2015, 08:30 IST | Nikshubha Garg

A week ago, it was reported that Michael Jackson’s Neverland ranch isn't finding buyers because it's allegedly haunted by the ghost of the King of Pop. There are several other celebrity spirits who reportedly frequent their homes and other hangouts close to their heart. We list a few:

A week ago, it was reported that Michael Jackson’s Neverland ranch, where the King of Pop resided for over 15 years, is up for grabs and priced at $100 million. However, the 2,700-acre estate isn’t finding buyers. Reason? It is said that potential buyers are spooked by reports of a ghostly presence. An estate agent source said, “Investors and visitors considering buying the property are warned that workers on the ranch have claimed the King of Pop haunts the premises.” Creepy, right? There are several other celebrity spirits who reportedly frequent their homes and other hangouts close to their heart. We list a few:

Lucille Ball

Lucille Ball
Considered one of the most influential female performers in the last 100 years, Lucille Ball died during surgery on April 26, 1989 and left behind a huge legacy, as expected. However, what was not expected were the unexplained happenings in the house. New owners said that intense paranormal activity was the norm of the house and they complained of broken windows, moving furniture and noises from the attic as if a party was going on there.

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley
Well, this singer appears to be just as flamboyant in death like he was in life. Reportedly, Presley continues to haunt his house in Memphis. The singer has also been spotted by locals at the Las Vegas Hilton where he performed several times. Several people have also ‘seen’ Elvis in a rambling old building just off Nashville’s Music Row. It is believed that it was here that he recorded his famous 1956 hit single Heartbreak Hotel. Presently, a TV production company occupies the building and according to people who have worked there, every time Elvis’s name is uttered, something strange happens — ladders, for instance, fall down, lights get turned out and unexplained noises come through the sound system.

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe
Many say that Monroe’s early death at 36 might be the reason for her spirit being spotted at various places in Hollywood. Monroe’s presence has been felt at her Brentwood home in Los Angeles where the actress died due to a drug overdose in 1992. Reportedly, she has also been seen in Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel where she stayed often in 1950s. In addition to the aforementioned two spots, Monroe’s presence has also been felt near Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park where she was buried. The irony here is that the actress’s Brentwood home was sold for $4 million which was above the asking price.

George Reeves

George Reeves
George Reeves was arguably the most popular actor to ever to portray Superman and his alter ego Clark Kent, in both the feature-length film Superman and the Mole Men and the subsequent TV series, Adventures of Superman. However, Reeves allegedly committed suicide at 45, just days before he was to marry socialite Leonore Lemmon. Shortly after, the house was sold to new owners who spoke about noises coming from the bedroom upstairs, smell of gunpowder and belongings being moved. They even said Reeves sometimes appeared at the foot of the bed dressed as Superman.

Rudolph Valentino

Rudolph Valentino
If we talk about the silent movie era, Rudolph Valentino’s name cannot be missed. The actor’s life was short — he passed away at 31 from complications which arose from an ulcer. He has been spotted most often at his former mansion — The Falcon’s Lair. Visitors claim that they have seen a ‘ghostly spirit’ looking out of the second floor window. His presence has also been felt in the hallways and stables. The actor’s spirit has also been spotted at the beach house in Oxnard. Lastly, apparently Valentino often visits his resting place in the Cathedral Mausoleum at Hollywood Forever Memorial Park.

Did you know?
James Dean, a much-popular face of 1950s, died at 24. Sometime before his death, Dean had purchased a Porsche Spyder with an intention to race it, but never got a chance since he died in a car crash involving the vehicle. Legend says that afterward, anyone who came in contact with the car or its parts began to suffer injuries and even died until the vehicle mysteriously disappeared. Phew!

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