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Grace Moore }i! room. A week later, more cig- arettes turned up squashed and broken, strewn around the bedroom. Then things got a bit more bizarre when she felt herself being hugged by a warm but invisible presence while lying in bed. Bathroom toilet paper frequently unrolled by itself and--per- haps weirdest of all--she twice awoke to find that a mysterious someone had used the bathroom bul neglected to flush. After that, Cramcr and Habcr would frcqucntly spy a shadowy, transparent figurc passing through the house, a figure the two Hollywood insiders realized was the size and shape of Clifton Wcbb. A second figure, that the couple believed was Webb's mother, Maybelle, was also glimpsed from time to time. It seemed mother and son were still ensconced in their Rexford Drive hacienda. The question was, were they happy'? Servants reported lights flicking on and off" at will, and no one was more sensitive to the home's extra residents than the Cramer's three beloved dogs, who were greatly disturbed by a ghostly "cold spot" in the hallway between the guest bedroom and the den. This used to be an area where Webb, a frequent insomniac, was known to pace du,'ing the night. Haber finally brought one of Webb's films home (in the days before VCRs) to show tile servants, who identified the actor on the spot as the figure they had sometimes encounter, but the most telling evidence came when the canines saw the screen and all began howl- ing. THE FINAI CURTAIN "On one October evening, Haber could not get one of the dogs to cahn down and stop howling through the night, Hearing some odd moaning sounds in the bedroom, she inves- tigated and discovered the gray figure in the corner. The date was Oct. 13, which Haber Would later learn, was the first anniversary of Clifton Webb's death. Over the next scver- al days, Haber would re-encounter the figure in the niglit, and once heard it sigh "Well, Well...," a characteristic phrase frequently uttered by the deceased actor. Check out our website at Call for free consultation Despite the disturbing encounter, Haber began to get the sense that W~bb's ~pirit, or Whatever it was thai kept popping up, wanted the Cramer s---who socmhzed and threw A2 list parties which were similar to the soirees thrown by Grace Moore and Webb himself--- to stay. Finally, a year later in October of 1968, Haber decided to invite renowned ghostbuster Hans Holzer and the famed psychic Sybil Leek to hold a seance in the Cramer house and see if they could find the answer to the phantasmagoric goings-on once and for all A pair of Webb's closest friends, screenwriter Garson Kanin ("Adam's Rib," "Born Yesterday") and his collaborator and wile, actress Ruth Gordon ("Harold and Maude"), were invited to attend All were shocked when Leek suddenly took on the persona and mannerisms of the fastidious actor, but even more so when the soothsayer---as Clifton Webb---correctly answered questions to which only the Oscar-winner could have known the answers. It was a knockout perforrnance, and it was to be Webb's swan song. Seemingly content ~ith one last little bit of the limelight, his spirit and that of his mother's never disturbed the Cramer's or their dogs again. Although subsequent owners swear they spotted appari- tions of a man and woman dancing in the entry hall. Perhaps Webb and his go(~l friend (]race Moore, both accomplished dancers, had reunited for one more waltz in the house they both filled with so much joy and merriment. HOLLYWOOD FOREVER? The house was subsequently torn down and replaced with a more modern-looking But you can't keep a good ghost down. Jacobson says that while ghosts do have a to ignore remodeling jobs (which is why people sometimes spot a pair of dis- legs standing in a room, or a shadowy apparition sticking halfway out of the ; floor), Webb may have decided tomove on after his beloved hacienda was demolished. "Clifton's ghost obviously recognized that his house was gone," Jacobson said. Still, ilways the consummate performer, Webb's shade may have discovered the next best place haunt--an appropriate spot where the last of his fans, and generations of new ones, can him. "His ghost has recently been seen'walking up and down the halls of the mor- 'next to where he's buried," Jacobson said. The actor is interred at the Abbey of the Psalms mausoleum at the Hollywood Forever (formerly Hollywood M~morial Park) that is tucked behind Paramount Pictures. that the cemetery is in the shadow of the Hollywood sign where stargazers regular- flock for a last glimpse of their idols on the way to the afterlife, Webb is finally play- an appreciative audience again. ~ "Hollywood Haunted" by Laurie Jacobyon and Marc Wanamaker and "lnsMe Rodeo The Stores, the Stars', the Story" by Scott Huver and Mia Kaczinski Dunn are avail. Angel City Press at www.angelcitypress.com. OLD FASHIONED MATCHMAKING IS IS Mr As heard on KRLA & KLSX Radio and featured in the Learning Channel's Documentary the "Mysteries of Mating Pt Eva and Sherry Singer Mother and Daughter Team Have you heard of the Power Lunch? ... Now it's time for the "eowerWash." 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