"I'm heading out to the drug store to meet some friends."
Uncle Walter looked up and smiled kindly.
"Have fun, sweetie," he said.
Peg Entwistle smiled back.
She exited the charming white bungalow she shared with her uncle and headed up the sidewalk. Golden sunlight pierced through the bright blue sky. The smell of gardenias wafted in the air.
It was truly a beautiful day.
She twisted and turned through neighborhoods and eventually wound up in the dusty brown hills. She was so lost in thought she didn't even realize how far she had walked in such a short period of time.
Up ahead, Peg could see the outline of the Hollywoodland sign. The looming dirty white letters seemed almost disappointingly abrasive against the vast Los Angeles skyline.
Without hesitating she started to walk up the steep brown hill. She slid down. Hitching her long dress up, she clawed her way up the chalky dirt mound. Out of breath and sweating, she eventually reached the top. She was right behind the massive 50-foot sign.
Peg wistfully stared out at the breathtaking view, through each giant letter. God, Los Angeles was stunning.
All of the sudden, she heard a noise behind her. She snapped around. Nobody was there.
"Hello?" she called out.
She took off her coat and folded it neatly, placing it on the ground with her purse. She couldn't quite shake the feeling that somebody was watching her.
She climbed up a workman's ladder on the back of the "H" and stood on top of the letter, peering down at the cityscape below.
And then she performed a perfect swan dive straight down.
The 24-year-old died instantly.
After high school, she pursued theater and her natural talent and girl-next-door personality earned her success on Broadway.
During one of her stage productions, sitting in the audience was a girl named Bette Davis, who turned to her mother and whispered, "...I want to be exactly like Peg Entwistle."
In 1932, Peg moved to Los Angeles to see if she could try her hand at movie-acting. Fortunately, her Uncle Walter lived out there, so she was able to live with a watchful guardian, rent-free.
Within the year, she dabbled in stage work and was eventually signed to RKO Studio and cast in a major film production, Thirteen Women. The sweet-tempered blonde couldn't have been more thrilled. She was going to be a star!
But when the film was released, the movie received scathing reviews from critics. RKO dropped Peg's contract like a hot potato.
The 24-year-old was heartbroken and grew severely depressed.
And then one afternoon, she climbed the Hollywood sign and killed herself.
A hiker found her body a couple days later, with her suicide note tucked inside her purse.
In an ironic twist of fate, just mere days after her death, a letter from the Beverly Hills Playhouse arrived at her uncle's doorstep. The theater wanted her to star in their latest production, playing the role of a woman who commits suicide.
Although she has been dead for exactly 80 years, Peg isn't exactly...gone.
Dozens of people over the past eight decades have reported seeing a forlorn blonde woman in a white dress roaming the grounds near the Hollywood sign.
Peg is forever known as the Hollywood Sign Girl, the ghost who haunts a landmark representative of hope and success, and all the glorious tragedy that comes with it.