Have you ever spotted celebrity ghosts?
Fascination with celebrity is hardly new, though we seem to aspire to new and terrifying heights in our obsession in 2018. To be fair, it’s a symbiotic relationship. We make them celebrities with our adoration, and they bask in the glow of that, though again, far too many have witnessed the darker side of that affection over the decades.
Still, it must, at least for some, become a drug one cannot easily put away, and perhaps that’s why so many seem to haunt their former homes and favorite clubs and restaurants long after they’ve shuffled off the mortal coil.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at seven celebrity ghosts whose stars continue to shine from the other side.
He was a master of filmmaking; he was also one of the most troubled figures in Hollywood’s history whose visions were nearly impossible to realize. He scared the masses with his radio adaptation of The War of the Worlds and brought us the beautiful and still talked about Citizen Kane.
Welles died at the age of 70 in 1985, but to this day, his spirit still makes appearances at what used to be his favorite cafe, Ma Maison. Though the name has changed, and it is now a bakery, Welles has reportedly been spotted sitting at table, sporting his customary black suit, enjoying a cigar and brandy.
It was a shock to many when the beautiful, but often troubled, Anna Nicole Smith died unexpectedly at the age of 39 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. In the wake of her death, the hotel was overrun by onlookers and paranormal enthusiasts, and in an attempt to downplay the unwanted attention, they went so far as remodeling and renumbering the rooms to confuse those who lookers on.
Unfortunately, their attempts to hide the location of her death seems to have confused the spirit of Anna Nicole, as well. Visitors have reported seeing her ghost walking the halls as if in search of her room…
Intelligent, beautiful, hilarious, and perhaps the most business savvy woman in Hollywood in the 20th Century, Lucille Ball seemingly had it all. She passed away at the age of 77 in her Hollywood mansion, and it seems that she’s still very much in charge of the home.
Residents of the home since her passing have reported phantom party sounds, but that’s not all!
Ball’s spirit has reportedly been known to move furniture, and to make objects disappear only to reappear when the frustrated owners give up looking!
Another star faded far too soon, Marilyn Monroe left the world at age 36. In fact, she might be the quintessential Hollywood tragedy, used by the system that made her famous, never taken seriously in the way that she wanted to be.
In death, Monroe seems as restless as she had been in life.
She has been spotted in the Brentwood mansion where she once resided, her grave site at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, and sadly, in a suite at the Roosevelt Hotel.
Television’s first Superman seemingly had everything going for him when he died of an apparent suicide, though some still insist it was murder!
Regardless of the circumstances, the actor’s former home seems to have been haunted since his death. New residents have claimed to hear the sounds of a man crying at all hours of the day and night and astonishingly enough the shadow of a man in a cape flying outside the home’s windows.
He was called the Man of a Thousand Faces, and the legendary actor lived up to that nickname, transforming himself from role to role in the most remarkable ways, and even more remarkably without the aid of a special effects team or even other make-up artists. Whether playing Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame or The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera, Chaney drew in the crowds, stunning them with his seemingly endless ability to disappear inside his characters.
After his death in 1930, it was reported that several studio workmen saw his spirit running from Studio 28, the very studio where he had once been the Phantom. From that time forward, the actor was spotted with regularity, lurking the shadows much as his former character had.
According to Christina Crawford–I mean we still believe her right?–the home where she grew up with mommie dearest Joan was haunted already, but after her death, it seems the famed, controlling, abusive actress wasn’t ready to go.
It seems she joined up with the other malevolent residents of her palatial home starting fires, driving residents to drink heavily, and even causing a divorce or two (Crawford was busy!).
The activity finally got so out of hand that owners in the 1990s had the place exorcised at which point the spirits, including Crawford, seem to have been banished. I’m not sure Joan would have left any other way!