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Peg Entwistle

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Peg Entwistle was a Welsh-born, English stage and screen actress who gained notoriety after her death.

1) Peg was born Millicent Lilian Entwistle in Port Talbot, Wales to English parents, Robert S. and Emily (née Stevenson), she spent her early life in West Kensington, London.
What was her birthday?

February 5, 1908
February 6, 1908
February 7, 1908

2) Her mother Emily died when she was very young and her father remarried. In March 1916, when she was eight, the family emigrated to America through Liverpool and settled in New York City.

Peg Entwistle

What was the name of the ship that brought Peg and her family to America?

  • SS Atlanta
  • SS Liberty
  • SS Philadelphia

3) In 1925 Entwistle was living in Boston as a student of Henry Jewett's Repertory (now called The Huntington Theatre) and was one of the Henry Jewett Players, who were gaining national attention. Walter Hampden, her uncle, gave Entwistle an uncredited walk-on part in his Broadway production of Hamlet. She carried the King's train and brought in the poison-cup.
Who was the star of this Broadway production?

  • Drew Barrymore
  • Ethel Barrymore
  • John Barrymore

4) Entwistle later played the role of "Hedvig" in Henrik Ibsen's The Wild Duck. After seeing the play Bette Davis told her mother "...I want to be exactly like Peg Entwistle."

  • True or False?

5) In April 1927 Entwistle married actor Robert Keith at the chapel of the New York City Clerk's office. She was granted a divorce in May 1929.
Who was her actor stepson?

  • Brian Keith
  • David Keith
  • Marvin Keith

6) The play The Uninvited Guest closed after only seven performances in September 1927, however New York Times critic J. Brooks Atkinson wrote, "...Peg Entwistle gave a performance considerably worse than the play warranted."

  • True or False?

7) By May 1932, at the height of the Great Depression, Entwistle was in Los Angeles with a role in the Romney Brent play The Mad Hopes starring Billie Burke, which ran from May 23 to June 4 at the Belasco theater in downtown Los Angeles. Theatre critic Flo Lawrence commented:
"...Belasco and Curran have staged the new play most effectively and have endowed this Romney Brent opus with every distinction of cast and direction. (producer) Bela Blau ... has developed the comedy to its highest points. Costumes and settings are of delightful quality, and every detail makes the production one entirely fit for its translation to the New York stage. In the cast Peg Entwistle and a (co-actor) hold first place in supporting the star (Billie Burke) and both give fine, serious performances. Miss Entwistle as the earnest, young daughter (Geneva Hope) of a vague mother and presents a charming picture of youth..."
Who is the co-actor?

  • Humphrey Bogart
  • Bette Davis
  • Spencer Tracy

8) Entwistle only played in one movie. The lead actors were Myrna Loy and Irene Dunne. The movie was produced by David O. Selznick and drawn from the novel by Tiffany Thayer.
What was the movie?

  • Come Back Little Darling
  • The Dead and Naked
  • Thirteen Women

9) On Sunday, an anonymous woman telephoned the police and said that while hiking she had found a body below the Hollywood sign (which then read Hollywoodland) and then, according to a police transcript of the call, "wrapped a jacket, shoes and purse in a bundle and laid them on the steps of the Hollywood Police Station." A detective and two radio car officers found the body of a moderately well-dressed, blonde-haired, blue-eyed woman in the 100-foot ravine below the sign.
What was the date?

  • September 4, 1932
  • September 11, 1932
  • September 18, 1932

10) What letter did she jump off?

  • H
  • L
  • D

11) Where is Peg Entwistle buried?

  • Cremated, ashes buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Glendale, Ohio
  • Common Burying Ground and Island Cemetery in Newport, Rhode Island
  • Church Green Cemetery, Taunton, Massachusetts

Check Your Answers

Peg Entwistle

  1. February 5, 1908
  2. SS Philadelphia
  3. Ethel Barrymore
  4. True
  5. Brian Keith
  6. False. "...Peg Entwistle gave a performance considerably better than the play warranted."
  7. Humphrey Bogart
  8. Thirteen Women
  9. September 18, 1932
  10. H
  11. Angels on your pillowCremated, ashes buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Glendale, Ohio [Plot: Section 12, Lot 27, Grave 10]
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