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Actress kills self rather than seek an abortion when the child’s father refuses to marry her

December 14, 1944 Los Angeles, California Actress Lupe Vélez dies from an intentional overdose of sleeping pills Vélez was four months pregnant at the time of her suicide. She left behind two suicide notes, one to her former lover and father of her child Harald Ramond, and the to her secretary and close friend Beulah… Continue reading Actress kills self rather than seek an abortion when the child’s father refuses to marry her

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Woman dies of ruptured bladder, thought by some to have been killed during sexual assault

September 9, 1921 San Francisco, California Actress Virginia Rappe dies of a ruptured bladder and peritonitis Rappe had attended a party on September 5 with various other celebrities including Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle. During the evening, the guests became drunk (despite the party occurring during the Prohibition), and Rappe reportedly began stripping after complaining she could… Continue reading Woman dies of ruptured bladder, thought by some to have been killed during sexual assault

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Director found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, though some suspect murder

September 5, 1932 Beverly Hills, California Paul Bern dies in an apparent suicide Bern was an acclaimed Hollywood director, screenwriter, and producer. He also had a live-in common-law wife, Dorothy Millette, before she was committed to a sanitarium for various mental and emotional illnesses. Bern later met actress Jean Harlow at a movie premiere in… Continue reading Director found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, though some suspect murder