When a celebrity achieves huge success in the music, television, or film industries, it attracts a lot of attention from both the public and the media. Every aspect of their lives is followed during their whole career and this sometimes continues even when they are no longer in the limelight. The most famous people often remain a focus of interest even after their deaths. Their films are still watched, people enjoy reruns of their television series, record sales are ongoing, or people continue to listen to their music. Many even receive posthumous awards in recognition of their contributions to the entertainment industry following their death. For some celebrities, these posthumous accolades are clearly not enough, and they want to remain in people’s memories forever by remaining with us in the spirit world. There are plenty of claims from people who believe th3ey have spotted the ghost of a celebrity. Here are 20 of the most famous celebrity ghosts.
20. Tupac Shakur
Despite dying young and having only a short career in the music industry, Tupac Shakur is considered one of the most influential artists of the hip-hop industry. He was born as Lesane Parish Crooks in East Harlem, New York, on June 16, 1971. He began his career as a rapper in 1987 as a teen. He released many hit singles and also appeared in films during his short-lived career in entertainment. On September 7, 1996, the young rapper was shot in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas. He died six days later on September 13, 1996, from his injuries. Much speculation followed his death in relation to who was responsible for the shooting. It was rap artist Kendrick Lamar that has claimed that Tupac Shakur is now a ghost. The rapper says that he was visited by Shakur while he was asleep and that he told him to carry on doing what he was doing and not to let Tupac’s music die.
Wladziu Valentino Liberace became known simply as Liberace. He was a pianist, singer, and actor who was born in Wisconsin on May 16, 1919. Between the 1950s and 1970s, he was the highest paid entertainer in the world and had concert residencies at Las Vegas as well as touring internationally. He lived a flamboyant lifestyle and was known for his showmanship. He also appeared in many films, including ‘South Sea Sinner’, ‘Footlight Varieties’, ‘Sincerely Yours’, and ‘The Man Who Played God’. Liberace died on February 4, 1987. The cause of death was pneumonia as a complication of AIDS. Liberace has been restless since his death and there have been sightings of his ghost in many hotspots along the Las Vegas strip. It is also said that Bonnie haunts the Baker Hotel in Texas.
18. Bonnie and Clyde
Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and Clyde Chestnut Brown were a pair of criminals who travelled around the United States during the Great Depression with their gang. They robbed and murdered people and this led to them attracting the attention of both the media and the public. It is believed that they killed at least nine people, committed many small robberies, and were involved in around a dozen bank robberies. They spent much of their time on the run from the authorities but were eventually killed by the police in Louisiana on May 23, 1934. The antics of Bonnie and Clyde have not stopped after their death. The site where the pair were gunned down has become a tourist attraction. Tourists visit and have their photograph there. When people have checked their photos later, there are two strange orbs on the pictures. A similar thing happens to people who have their photo taken with their Ford V8 which is on display in Nevada.
17. Al Capone
Al Capone is one of the most notorious mobsters of all-time. Also known as ‘Scarface’, he was the co-founder and the boss of the Chicago Outfit. He gained notoriety during the Prohibition era. His reign as a crime boss ended when he was only 33 as he was jailed for 12 years for tax evasion and other crimes. He died on January 25, 1947, at the age of 48. The cause was a heart attack brought on by a stroke. Perhaps Capone is trying to get payback on the guards at Alcatraz, the prison where he was incarcerated. There is sometimes strange banjo music heard coming from the cell that Capone occupied during his time there.
16. Montgomery Clift
Montgomery Clift was best-known for his portrayal of moody and sensitive young men. He was born in Nebraska on October 17, 1920, and began his acting career in 1935. He appeared in films including ‘From Here to Eternity’, ‘The Young Lions’, Judgement at Nuremberg’, ‘The Heiress’, ‘I Confess’, and ‘A Place in the Sun’. He died on July 23, 1966, at the age of 45. He had suffered a heart attack brought on by occlusive coronary heart disease. Montgomery Clift now haunts the Roosevelt Hotel. Room 928 is his haunting spot of choice and people claim that the room is always cold and that even when it is empty, there are strange noises coming out. Strangely, the phone is often found off the hook.
15. Orson Welles
The actor and filmmaker Orson Welles was born in Wisconsin on May 6, 1915. He began his professional career on stage and in the film industry in 1931.He is most famous for the award-winning 1941 movie ‘Citizen Kane’. Not only did he co-write and produce this famous movie, he also starred in the lead role of Charles Foster Kane. Welles died in Los Angeles on October 10, 1985, at the age of 70. After his death, it was not his home that he decided to haunt. Instead, he haunts some of his favorite dining spots. Most of the sightings of Welles have been at what was once his favorite restaurant Ma Maison but is now Sweet Lady Jane Bakery. He would appear sitting at his favorite corner table wearing all black and a wide-brimmed hat.
14. George Reeves
Born in Iowa on January 5, 1914, George Reeves is best-known for playing Superman in the television series ‘Adventures of Superman’ during the 1950s. He died on June 16, 1959, when he was just 45 years of age. His death has caused controversy and there have been many theories linked to his demise. He was found in Los Angeles with a gunshot wound. While the official verdict says he commit suicide, there are others who believe that he was murdered. The former ‘Superman’ star is now said to haunt his former home as visitors have heard strange noises from his former bedroom. A film crew at his house once claimed to have seen him in his full Superman’s outfit.
13. Joan Crawford
Joan Crawford was born in San Antonio, Texas, on March 23, 1904. This award-winning actress is considered one of the greatest female stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema and is known for her roles in movies including ‘Mildred Pierce’ and ‘Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?’ She died on May 10, 1977 in Manhattan at the age of 73. Before she died, Crawford and her daughter had lived in a house that they both believed was already haunted. If reports are correct, then Crawford simply joined the already ongoing ghost party at her home. It was claimed that Crawford and the other ghosts would try to light fires to burn the house down. An exorcist was hired to rid the home of the ghosts and she described it as having negativity, calling it ‘Astral Central’.
12. Jean Harlow
Jean Harlow was an actress who became a major sex symbol of the 1930s. She was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 3, 1911. She was best-known for films including ‘Hell’s Angels’, ‘Dinner at Eight’, ‘Reckless’, ‘Red Dust’, and ‘Suzy’. While filming the 1937 movie ‘Saratoga’ she died on June 7 from a cerebral edema and uremia at the age of just 26. The movie was completed using body doubles and was released just over a month after Harlow had died. Following her death, Harlow had some unfinished business to deal with. This specifically related to haunting her former husband, music executive Paul Bern, who was reported to have viciously beaten her. Bern later killed himself at their former home. During the 1970s, a couple who lived in Harlow’s former home said that they could smell perfume and hear both crying and a woman asking for help.
11. Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball was an actress, comedian, model and producer who was born in New York on August 6, 1911. She was best-known for her self-produced sitcoms ‘I Love Lucy’, ‘Here’s Lucy’, ‘The Lucy Show’, and ‘The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour’. She was married first to Desi Amaz from 1940 to 1960 and the to Gary Morton from 1961 until her death. She died on April 26, 1989 during surgery for an abdominal aortic dissection. During her life, Lucille Ball was known to enjoy partying. The new owners of her former home have said that strange noises that sound like a party come from the attic and they hear voices trying to talk over loud music. The owners also claim that items disappear and then reappear somewhere else
10. Anna Nicole Smith
Anna Nicole Smith was a model, actress and television personality who was born in Houston, Texas, on November 28, 1967. She was the playmate of the year in Playboy in 1993. She hit the headlines when she married billionaire J. Howard Marshall when he was 89. Anna Nicole Smith was found dead in Room 607 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Florida on February 8, 2007. According to the coroner’s report, she died of a combined drug intoxication. It is said that Anna Nicole Smith still haunts the halls of the hotel where she died. Strangely, she claimed to have had a sexual encounter with a ghost while she was alive.
9. Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky on February 12, 1809. He was the 16th President of the United States and served the country in this position from 1861 to 1865. One of the major contributions he made was paving the way for the abolition of slavery. He was assassinated at Petersen House in Washington D.C. on April 15, 1865 when he was 56 years old. According to staff at the White House, he can occasionally be seen wandering the corridors. One person who claimed to see him in the Oval office was First Lady Grace Coolidge who said he was by the window. While staying in the Lincoln Bedroom, former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill also reported a sighting. He said he had just got out of the bathtub naked and lit a cigar when he saw Lincoln stood there smirking at him.
8. Harry Houdini
Harry Houdini was quite possibly the most famous magician and stunt performer of all-time. He was particularly well-known for his escape acts. He was born in Budapest on March 24, 1874 but moved to the united States as a child. He died on October 31, 1926, at the age of 52 from peritonitis following a ruptured appendix. There is still a tribute act to Houdini at Jacki Gaughan’s Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas and it is there that his ghost has been spotted by many of the hotel’s staff. According to them, he moves stuff round in the hotel rooms.
7. Jim Morrison
Jim Morrison was the lead singer of the ‘Doors’ but also performed as a solo artist. He was born in Florida on December 8, 1943. The singer was staying in a rented apartment at the time of his death and friends had ex-pressed some concerns over his mental health. He was found dead on July 3, 1971, when he was aged just 27. As he died in France, an autopsy was not a requirement of the law, so there has never been an official cause of death given. Despite having died in Paris, this is not where the ghost of Jim Morrison is believed to reside. According to sighting, the ghost of Jim Morrison is in the bathroom of a Mexico Restaurant Y Barra. This restaurant is built on the site of the ‘Doors’ favourite recording studio. There has also been a photograph of the ghost of Jim Morrison on the grave of the dead since in Paris. This photograph was taken in 1997.
6. Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse had a long and amazing career ahead of her as the talented singer and songwriter was making huge waves in the music industry. She was well-known for her unique voice, which was deep, raspy, and soulful. Winehouse was also well-known for her unusual fashion-style. Sadly, as her career progressed, she became better-known for her partying and her addictions to alcohol and drugs. It was believed that she had been clean for some time following a stint in rehab when she suddenly and unexpectedly died at the age of 27, making her a member of the infamous ’27 Club’. She died on July 23, 2011, from alcohol poisoning. Pete Doherty, Winehouse’s friend, has said he is haunted by the talented singer. As he believed she was haunting his flat, he fled to Paris as he could no longer bear to be near her ghostly presence.
5. Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston was born in New Jersey on August 9, 1963. This talented singer and actress became one of the most celebrated performers of the 1980s and 1990s. Selling over 200 million records worldwide, she is one of the best-selling music artists of all-time. She was married to Bobby Brown from 1992 to 2007 and they had one daughter together. Their relationship was always troubled and he was widely blamed for her drug addictions. Houston died on February 11, 2012. She was found in her room at the Beverly Hilton in California. Her cause of death was accidental drowning with cocaine use and heart disease list4ed as contributing factors. During an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, claimed that she was haunted by her mother at her Atlanta mansion.
4. Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson was born in Indiana on August 29, 1958. He began his career in the music industry when he was just a child as part of the ‘Jackson 5’. When he was an adult, he was a hugely successful solo artist who earned himself the accolade of the ‘King of Pop’. Some of his hits included ‘Billie Jean’, ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’, ‘Bad’, and ‘Black or White’. When Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009, it caused shockwaves around the world. Not only were his fans saddened at his death at the age of just 50, there were also some strange circumstances surrounding his death. He had died in his sleep when he stopped breathing after taking medication supplied by Doctor Conrad Murphy. It was a year later before Murphy was charged with the manslaughter of Michael Jackson. Not long after Jackson’s death, a TV crew filming at his Neverland ranch claim to have seen the singer. There have been numerous sightings since.
3. Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley was one of the most famous male solo artists of all-time and has been described as one of he most significant cultural icons of the 20th century. He died of a heart attack in the bathroom of his Graceland home on August 16, 1977. Legend has it that the ghost of Presley still haunts his home in Graceland. However, there have multiple reports of sightings of him elsewhere. For example, he was spotted at the Las Vegas Hilton by stage hands. They said he was wearing his famous white-sequinned suit. Workers at the former RCA studio have also said that if someone mentions Elvis in a conversation, the studio lights began to do peculiar things and strange noises came from the sound system.
2. John Lennon
John Lennon was a former member of the ‘Beatles’ and a solo artist who was born in Liverpool, England, on October 9, 1940. He was living in New York with his wife Yoko Ono at the time of his death. He was shot outside their apartment on December 8, 1980. His killer was Mark David Chapman who shot him in the back four times. Lennon had earlier signed a copy of ‘Double Fantasy’ for Chapman who pleaded guilty to his murder and was sentenced to life in prison. The ghost of John Lennon has most commonly been seen in his New York residence. However, Oasis member Liam Gallagher claims to have seen him and he appeared to Paul McCartney while his bandmate was recording one of Lennon’s unfinished symphonies.
1. Marilyn Monroe
The ghost of Marilyn Monroe is probably the most famous and most sighted of all the celebrity ghosts. Monroe was an actress, model, and singer who was born in Los Angeles on June 1, 1926. She was best-known for appearing in films including ‘Niagara’, ‘How to Marry a Millionaire’, and Gentlemen prefer blondes. She was also famous for her rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ which she sang for the President of the United States and once was at the center of a scandal when it was revealed she had posed nude. The star also had an interesting personal life, which included three marriages. Her first husband was James Doherty to whom she was married from 1942 to 1946. She then married Joe DiMaggio in 1954 but they divorced in 1955. Her third and final husband was Arthur Miller from 1956 to 1961. Marilyn Monroe died of a barbiturates overdose that was assumed as a suicide on August 5, 1962. According to those who have visited her former Brentwood home, she still haunts the house where she was found. There are also people who claim to have seen the ghost of Marilyn Monroe at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. This was the star’s favorite hotel and she has been seen in the full-length mirror in the hobby, dancing in the ballroom, and in the Cabana Room Suite.