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Back in 1990, the new owners of the Pickfair Mansion, the home that once belonged to silent film stars Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks was razed to clear space for a small palace for actress Pia Zandora and her husband.
Pia Zandora? Remember the flop The Lonely Lady (1983)?
Well, back in 1990, she chose to demolish the house, stating it was necessary due to termites. Many people were upset about it.
Now 22 years later, Pia tells us really why.
It's been known that the Pickfair Estate was haunted. On several occasions, Mary and her husband both had witnessed the spirit of a a female servant. When the couple divorced in 1936, Pickford kept the estate, and eventually married Charles "Buddy" Rogers. After she died in 1979, Rogers reported being visited by a woman in a long, white gown that he believed was his deceased wife.
Rogers soon moved out, subdivided the estate and put it on the market. In 1980 it was bought by Jerry Buss who too reported spirit sightings. Now instead of just a woman in white, he now saw a male servant in the entry hall and a spirit carrying sheet music.
In 1988 the estate was put up for sale again, where Pia Zandora and her husband purchased it. The couple had promised to restore the home, but did not keep to that word. (http://www.businessinsider.com/celebrity-haunted-homes?op=1)
And the Hollywood community wasn't too happy about it. In 1989, against the protests and outcries from movie historians, preservationists and the neighborhood, Zia Pandora and her husband had the house torn down. On Celebrity Ghost Stories, Pia tells us the "truth" behind the demolishing of the Estate.
Her story tells about she and her children being haunted by this lady in white and it wasn't the ghost of Mary Pickford either. She claimed the ghost haunted them so much, they lived in fear. So instead of termintes, a ghost was the cause of the house being razed.
I'm not so sure that made it any better.
Watch the full episode to get the whole story...
What do you think?
Pickfair History- http://www.squidoo.com/pickfair
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