This work covers 840 intentional suicide cases initially reported in Daily Variety (the entertainment industry's trade journal), but also drawing attention from mainstream news media. These cases are taken from the ranks of vaudeville, film, theatre, dance, music, literature (writers with direct connections to film), and other allied fields in the entertainment industry from 1905 through 2000. Accidentally self-inflicted deaths are omitted, except for a few controversial cases. It includes the suicides of well-known personalities such as actress Peg Entwistle, who is the only person to ever commit suicide by jumping from the top of the Hollywood Sign, Marilyn Monroe and Dorothy Dandridge, who are believed to have overdosed on drugs, and Richard Farnsworth and Brian Keith, who shot themselves to end the misery of terminal cancer. Also mentioned, but in less detail, are the suicides of unknown and lesser-known members of the entertainment industry. Arranged alphabetically, each entry covers the person's personal and professional background, method of suicide, and, in some instances, includes actual statements taken from the suicide note.By late Sunday night the pair were in Vegas drinking beer chased with shots of tequila in the Girls of Glitter Gulch, a lap-dancing strip bar on Fremont Street. ... $65 for a room in the Oasis Motel, an adult es- tablishment with hourly rates in a sleazy area oao the main Strip known locally as Sin City. ... A cryptic pencilled note found by au- thorities in the dead womana#39;s purse read: aIa#39;m going to lose any and allanbsp;...
|Title||:||Suicide in the Entertainment Industry|
|Author||:||David K. Frasier|