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Hollywood Hauntings: The Creepiest Celebrity Ghost Stories

Considering what a colorful and often bizarre place Hollywood can be, it's not surprising that the town is home to so many legendary ghost sightings. While a number of these famous hauntings center on the spirits of ordinary people, others involve celebrities, like Marilyn Monroe, Lon Cheney and Howard Hughes. Here are some of the most exciting ghost stories Tinseltown has to offer.

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

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The Roosevelt Hotel, where the first Academy Awards were held in 1929, is reportedly a hot spot for late Hollywood A-listers including The Misfits co-stars Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift, who are said to each haunt private rooms.

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The Chateau Marmont

The Chateau Marmont

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Another hotel with a reputation for other-worldly guests is the infamous Chateau Marmont. There are persistent rumors that John Belushi's ghost still lurks in Bungalow 3, where the comedian died in 1982 after a drug overdose.

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Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Grauman's Chinese Theatre

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Grauman's Chinese Theatre contains the handprints of many celebrities and reportedly the ghost of a little known, but prolific, character actor named Victor Kilian, who was murdered during an apparent robbery at his nearby apartment in 1979.

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The Hollywood Sign

The Hollywood Sign

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According to legend, frustrated actress Peg Entwistle haunts The Hollywood Sign, where she jumped to her death in 1932. Ironically, the day after she died, a letter arrived offering Entwistle a role in a play, portraying a suicidal character.

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The Comedy Store

The Comedy Store

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The Comedy Store was once the sight of nightclub Ciro's and known as a popular Mafia hangout. The ghosts of two mobsters are supposedly still around, but it is believed they are there to protect the property.

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The Highland Gardens

The Highland Gardens

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Since Janis Joplin's fatal drug overdose while staying at the The Highland Gardens (then the Landmark Hotel), the singer's ghost has reportedly been observed there. Rumor has it that mentioning her name in the lobby sends photographs flyng and doors slamming.

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The Vogue Theater

The Vogue Theater

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Before it was cleared by parapsychologists, The Vogue Theatre was known as one of the most actively haunted venues around, possibly because of its history as an elementary school which burned down in 1901, killing 25 children and a teacher.

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Greystone Mansion

Greystone Mansion

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An infamous 1929 murder-suicide took place at Greystone Mansion involving owner Ned Doheny and his secretary Hugh Plunket. Numerous movies have been filmed in this Beverly Hills palace, also known for its ghost sighings and bleeding walls.

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Pantages Theatre

Pantages Theatre

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A prized Hollywood landmark, the Pantages Theatre has a long, impressive history, even hosting televised Oscar ceremonies in the 1950s. The ghost of eccentric former owner Howard Hughes reportedly still drops by after the audience leaves.

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Silent Movie Theatre

Silent Movie Theatre

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The Silent Movie Theatre has seen plenty of tragedy, including the shooting death of second owner Lawrence Austin in the lobby during a screening. Austin supposedly haunts the lobby, while the ghost of the original owner occupies the upstairs lounge.

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Rancho Los Amigos Hospital

Rancho Los Amigos Hospital

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A less glamorous ghost hangout is the now abandoned Rancho Los Amigos Hospital. In 2006, mummified body parts were discovered in this complex, which once housed the mentally ill, and looks like the setting of a horror movie.

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Hollywood Wax Museum

Hollywood Wax Museum

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The perfect backdrop for lurking ghosts is the sinister Hollywood Wax Museum. In addition to strange disturbances showing up in photos taken at night, departed spirits have been sensed during seances held at the venue.

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The Culver Studios

The Culver Studios

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One studio pioneer believed to still show up at the office is Thomas Ince, who died under mysterious circumstances on William Randolph Hearst's yacht in 1924. Ince supposedly haunts his Culver Studios and is sometimes heard criticizing management.

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Griffith Park

Griffith Park

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Former owners of the land that is now Griffith Park were said to fall victim to a curse from the disinherited niece of late 19th century owner, Don Antonio Feliz. The land is also allegedly haunted by a woman on horseback.

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Lon Cheney's Bus Bench

Lon Cheney's Bus Bench

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The ghost of early Hollywood icon Lon Cheney reportedly haunts the bus bench at the northwest corner of Hollywood and Vine, where he once waited for rides to the studio. But why does a ghost have to take public transportation?

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