Saturday, 22 December 2012

Peg Entwistle

Born: 5 February 1908, Port Talbot, Wales
Died: 18 September 1932, Hollywood, California, USA

Peg Entwistle was a Broadway actress of some repute who appeared alongside Billie Burke and Humphrey Bogart, but when jobs became scarce in the early 1930's she moved to Hollywood to try her luck in the booming film industry.. After her only film role she found it difficult to get work and felt that her career was going nowhere. Her ambition was to be a star of films. Entwistle decided to end her life by throwing herself off the H of the 'Hollywoodland' sign (as it was in its complete and original form). Her legend was secure but for the wrong reasons and much has now been written about Peg Entwistle's death and very little about her very short career.

Thirteen Women (1932) as Hazel Clay Cousins

Although her part in this film was originally quite big, owing to its poor response the film was cut and Peg Entwistle's on screen time was eventually only around three minutes.
















Other Works

Stage

1926 The Man from Toronto as Martha.  Selwyn Theatre, Broadway, New York, NY. 17 Jun 1926- Jul 1926. 28 performances. Other members of the cast include: Curtis Cooksey, George Graham, Beatrice Hendricks, Mona Hungerford, Ethel Martin, Gavin Muir, Lota Sanders, Marion Stephenson. Written by Douglas Murray. Directed by Albert Bannister. Produced by Bannister and Powell. Produced in association with Miller and Goldreyer.

1926 The Home Towners as Beth Calhoon. Hudson Theatre, Broadway, New York, NY. 23 Aug 1926 - Oct 1926. 64 performances. Other members of the cast include: Spencer Bentley, Georgia Caine, Walter Calligan, Florence Earle, William Elliott, Doris Freeman, Ben Johnson, Robert McWade, Chester Morris, Walter Plimmer, William Walcott. Written by George M. Cohan. Directed by John Meehan (supervised by Mr. Cohan). Produced by George M. Cohan.

1927 Tommy as Marie Thurber. Gaiety Theatre, Broadway, New York, NY. 10 Jan 1927 - Aug 1927. 232 performances. Other members of the cast include: Alan Bunce, William Janney, Ben Johnson, Lloyd Neal, Sidney Toler, Maidel Turner, Florence Walcott. Written and directed by Howard Lindsay and Bertrand Robinson. Produced by Bannister and Powell.

1927 The Uninvited Guest as Johanna Jackson. Belmont Theatre, Broadway, New York, NY. 27 Sep 1927 - Oct 1927. 7 performances. Other members of the cast include: John Carmody, Mabel Colcord, Robert Conness, Walter Davis, Peg Entwistle, Elmer Grandin, Helen Strickland. Written by Bernard J. McOwen. Produced by L. Simmons.

1929 Sherlock Holmes as Alice Faulkner. New Amsterdam Theatre, Broadway, New York, NY. 25 Nov 1929 - Jan 1930. 45 performances. Other members of the cast include: Alfred Ansel, William H. Barwald, Roberta Beatty, Kate Byron, Donald Campbell, Wallis Clark, William Gillette, Burford Hampden, J. Augustus Keough, Rose Kingston, Henry Lambert, John Miltern, Dorothy Peabody Russell, William Postance, Byron Russell, Brinsley Shaw, Montague Shaw, Fred Tasker, Herbert Wilson. Written by Arthur Conan Doyle and William Gillette. Directed by William Postance. Produced by George C. Tyler and Abraham L. Erlanger.

1931 She Means Business as Charlotte B. Evans. Ritz Theatre, Broadway, New York, NY. 26 Jan 1931 - Feb 1931. 8 performances. Other members of the cast include: Kate Byron, Wallis Clark, Robert Cummings, Ann Davis, Ruth Donnelly, Desiree Foster, Ernest Glendinning, Lee Kohlmar, Ivan Miller, Herbert Rawlinson, Houston Richards, Bennett Southard, Tom Tempest, Edwin Walter, Douglas Wood. Written by Samuel Shipman. Directed by Frederick Stanhope. Produced by James Elliott.

1931 Getting Married as Edith Bridgenorth. Guild Theatre, Broadway, New York, NY. 30 Mar 1931 - May 1931. 48 performances. Other members of the cast include: Romney Brent, Hugh Buckler, Ernest Cossart, Dorothy Gish, Irby Marshall, Reginald Mason, Ralph Roeder, Hugh Sinclair, Oscar Stirling, Henry Travers, Helen Westley, Margaret Wycherly. Written by George Bernard Shaw. Directed by Philip Moeller. Produced by The Theatre Guild.

1931 Just to Remind You as Nettie Pierce. Broadhurst Theatre, Broadway, New York, NY. 7 Sep 1931 - Sep 1931. 16 performances. Other members of the cast include: Isabel Baring, Genevieve Bowman, Jerome Cowan, Tom Fadden, Charlie Fang, Sylvia Field, Jessie Graham, Harold Healy, Gladys Hurlbut, Paul Kelly, Frank McDonald, Charles McNaughton, Charles Richards, Edward H. Robins, Frank Shannon, Henry Shelvey, Charles Slattery, Calvin Thomas. Written by Owen Davis. Directed by Melville Burke. Produced by Sam Harris.

1931 Little Women as Amy. Playhouse Theatre, Broadway, New York, NY. 7 Dec 1931 - Dec 1931. 17 performances. Other members of the cast include: Burr Caruth, Jane Corcoran, Lee Crowe, Marie Curtis, Carson Davenport, Arthur Donaldson, Jessie Royce Landis, Caroline Newcombe, Lee Patrick, Joanna Roos, Harry Worth. Written by Marian De Forest, from the novel by Louisa May Alcott. Directed by William A. Brady. Produced by William A. Brady.

1932 A Night of Barrie as Amy Grey. Production consisted of "Alice Sit-by-the Fire" and "The Old Lady Shows Her Medals"). Playhouse Theatre, Broadway, New York, NY. 7 Mar 1932 - Apr 1932. 32 performances. Other members of the cast include (in "Alice Sit-by-the-Fire"): Laurette Taylor, Jane Corcoran, Charles Dalton, Robert Harrigan, Lucille Lisle, Nan Sheldon, Alice May Tuck, Maury Tuckerman. Written by J.M. Barrie. Directed by Stanley Logan.  Produced by William A. Brady. Produced by arrangement with Charles Frohman, Inc.

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