Hollywood is the brand new series from Ryan Murphy, a period piece set in 1947 Los Angeles in the waning days of the studio system. The story is a fantasy, a Hollywood-that-could-have-been. In it, the fictional Ace Studios, under the direction of studio head Ace's wife Avis, greenlights a movie based on the life of Peg Entwistle, but with a twist. The leading role is played by an African-American actress, something unheard of as the time, and her love interest is white, creating the first interracial onscreen couple. But even so, fans are wondering, how real is Netflix's Hollywood? Despite the story being a fantasy, there are cameos from real people left and right. Warning: Spoilers for Hollywood follow.
But perhaps the biggest question is if the script for Peg (which becomes Meg) is based on a real story. It is.
Peg Entwistle was a British stage actress, who worked on Broadway for several years, mostly in comedic roles, before attempting to transfer to Hollywood. She did poorly there, only making one film, Thirteen Women. Not all 13 women made it into the film's final cut, but, despite the script saying she was one of them, Entwistle was not one of those left out. Even so, she committed suicide before her film was released, throwing herself off the H of the famous "Hollywoodland" sign.