Supposed to Be Ghosts

Famous Folks Who Just Wouldn’t Die

Some famous people stay famous after death — as ghosts. Naturally there’s no proof that any such spooky sightings are true, but that hasn’t stopped certain celebs from becoming post-mortem personalities. Let’s look at the best-known of these alleged ghosts.

Beheaded Queen Anne Boleyn

ANNE BOLEYN: The second wife of King Henry VIII is rumored to haunt the Tower of London, where she was imprisoned before being beheaded. According to a story from the Tower’s own Yeoman Warders, Boleyn’s ghost “has frequently been seen both on the Green and more spectacularly in the Chapel Royal situated in the White Tower.”

Queen Jane Seymour

Another of Henry’s wives, LADY JANE SEYMOUR, is reported to haunt Hampton Court Palace in England. Seymour died after giving birth to the king’s only son, the future Edward VI, and she is the only wife buried with Henry VIII himself.

(Anne Boleyn also has been sighted in Hampton Court, allegedly carrying her head under her arm. Perhaps she’s there to haunt Jane Seymour, her former lady-in-waiting, who married Henry a few days after he had Boleyn beheaded.)

‘From Here to Eternity’ Star Montgomery Clift

In 1952, actor MONTGOMERY CLIFT stayed in suite 928 of the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel while preparing for his role in the film From Here To Eternity. His ghost now is alleged to haunt the same room and the hallway outside, mumbling his lines to himself and even practicing his bugle.

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Marilyn Monroe and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

Also in the Hollywood Roosevelt — the same hotel “haunted” by Clift — is a full-length mirror in which the image of MARILYN MONROE is sometimes said to appear. Monroe lived at the hotel for nearly two years in the 1940s while she was a model and aspiring actress, and the mirror is said to be the one she used in that room. (The hotel now features a Marilyn Monroe Suite, “Ms. Monroe’s favorite room at The Hollywood Roosevelt,” which includes a prominent photo of Monroe but a different mirror.) Monroe is also famous for the roses which, for two decades, were sent daily to her grave by her former husband Joe DiMaggio after her death.

Irish Lass Bridey Murphy

BRIDEY MURPHY wasn’t exactly a ghost, but she was spooky. Murphy was supposedly a 19th-century Irish lass whose spirit was housed in the body of a 20th-century Colorado housewife, Virginia Tighe. Ms. Tighe was guided into a trance by amateur hypnotist Morey Bernstein in 1952, after which she began to speak and sing in a thick brogue and told elaborate tales of her life in Ireland in the 1800s. Bernstein tape-recorded the sessions and published the 1956 book The Search for Bridey Murphy (with Tighe identified as ‘Ruth Simmons’). Critics said that Tighe was only remembering incidents from her childhood and soon discovered that a woman named Bridie Murphy Corkell once lived across the street from Tighe’s family. Nonetheless, the Bridey Murphy story sparked a public mania for hypnotism and reincarnation. Actress Teresa Wright starred in a 1956 film version of the tale.

Mexican Rebel Emiliano Zapata

Revolutionary leader EMILIANO ZAPATA remains a hero with the poor in Mexico. A stubborn rebel who fought against a series of government leaders, he was lured into a trap and assassinated by Mexican troops in 1919. According to legend, his ghost still rides through the hills near where he was killed, mounted on a white horse and shouting Tierra Y Libertad! (“Land and freedom!”)

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt

Former First Lady ELEANOR ROOSEVELT became a famous ghost of sorts in 1996, after Hillary Clinton said she had often felt Roosevelt’s “presence” in the White House. The First Lady reported that she held imaginary conversations with Roosevelt under the guidance of Jean Houston, a specialist in myth and spirituality. Both Clinton and Houston insisted the conversations were brainstorming exercises rather than seances, but the reports got heavy coverage and the image of Clinton “talking to Eleanor’s ghost” seemed to stick in the public’s mind. During a 1996 visit to Val-Kill, Eleanor Roosevelt’s New York cottage, Clinton told an audience: “I meant it as a metaphor, but it became, yet again, one of those things people all talked about… I guess sort of suggesting I really had gone off the deep end.”

It might be nice to think that Eleanor and Abe Lincoln were staying up late together in the White House, comparing notes. Why spoil the mystery?

Abraham Lincoln in the White House

The presence of ABRAHAM LINCOLN‘s ghost is firmly established in White House lore. Calvin Coolidge‘s wife Grace was the first to spot the spectre; she claimed to have seen Lincoln peering out of an Oval Office window. Since then various guests and residents have claimed to see the assassinated president’s ghost in the Lincoln bedroom or the upstairs halls of the White House. Even Ronald Reagan‘s dog Rex would bark when passing the Lincoln bedroom (according to Reagan) and refused to enter the room.Lincoln’s tale has a kicker: the president seemed to have a premonition of his own demise. In 1865 he told a friend, Ward Hill Lamon, about a dream in which he wandered through the White House into the East Room, where he found a casket lying in state. When Lincoln asked a guard who had died, the chilling reply was: “The president.” Lincoln joked about the dream with Lamon, but days later he was assassinated byJohn Wilkes Booth.

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