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Are you troubled by strange noises in the middle of the night? Do you experience feelings of dread in your basement or attic? Have you or your family ever seen a spook, specter or ghost? If the answer is “yes” don’t wait another minute– take some notes from 15 celebrities who claim they’ve had ghostly encounters of their own. If the answer is “no” you should still read it, if only to find out which one got hot with a restless spirit. Be ready to believe them…
Dan Aykroyd’s experiences growing up in a supernaturally obsessed family may have influenced his work on Ghostbusters, but the star never had a real paranormal experience until he was an adult. In a 2007 interview the actor revealed he believed that his L.A. home is haunted. “The ghost… turns on the Stairmaster and moves jewelry across the dresser,” the actor said, admitting “It once even crawled into bed with me.” Though it may seem like a bad joke, Aykroyd was dead serious when he said “ I’m sure it’s Mama Cass, because you get the feeling it’s a big ghost.” His house, in fact, was once owned by The Mamas and the Papas singer.
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Pop star Ke$ha doesn’t just claim to have seen a ghost—she says she got hot with one! In a televised interview with Ryan Seacrest she admitted her song, “Supernatural,” was based on a steamy encounter with a specter. When later pressed by comedian Conan O’Brien on his show, Ke$ha confirmed “I did go to the bone zone with a ghost.” She later recanted, saying “He started caressing me,” and clarified “ It was a se*y time, it wasn’t like sex.”
The star battled paranormal forces in Constantine, which led to him discussing his own encounters with ghosts during the film’s press junket. The encounter apparently occurred when Reeves was a child: “I was living in New Jersey when I saw and felt this ghost. I remember just staring at this suit which had no body or legs in it as it came into the room before disappearing.” Earnestly, the action star would add “I still see the figure in my dreams and nightmares.”
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While the singer has never addressed the issue directly, “insiders” claim Lady GaGa is convinced she’s being haunted by an “annoying ghost” who goes by the name of Ryan. It apparently follows her around on tour scaring her, but it hasn’t displayed violent tendencies. Still, Ryan apparently unnerves GaGa enough to have her spend thousands on real-life ghostbusters and Electro Magnetic Field Detectors (intended to detect Ryan’s presence).
This is another case of a haunting that has never been verified by the person being haunted. According to insiders, Michelle Williams has been haunted by none other than late actor Heath Ledger. Among these friends of Williams is James Van Praagh, supposed psychic medium and former executive producer of Ghost Whisperer. Praag corroborated the claim, saying Ledger, the father of Williams’ daughter, moved furniture and eventually appeared as a “shadowy apparition” at the foot of her bed. Using his purported insights, Praag said, “I do get a sense that he is restless right now and really wants to speak with her,” conveniently adding “Actually as I speak I am working on doing a reading for her.”
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Hunky Hollywood actor Matthew McConaughey seems to be loved by just about everyone, even ghosts. The actor claims his Hollywood home is haunted by the ghost of a woman he calls “Madame Blue.” Her namesake comes from a blue mist that appeared when she emanated in his room one night. McConaughey emerged from his slumber nekkid and wielding a baseball bat, not knowing what to expect when he saw the ghost. The actor has subsequently claimed to have made his peace with her, stating she’s “cool” and reasoning “maybe being flesh-tone all the time is why we get along.”
George W. Bush’s daughter, Jenna Bush, claims to have experienced some paranormal activity while living in the White House. During an appearance on Jay Leno, the First Daughter claimed she once heard “1920s music” coming from a fireplace in her room. A week later, she and her sister would hear an opera coming from the same place. While it may seem odd to consider the White House haunted house, rumors of ghosts have long been a fixture in its mythology. Both Harry S. Truman and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill had paranormal experiences of their own in the Oval Office.
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In an featurette included on the DVD of her 2005 film The Skeleton Key, Hudson claims to have seen ghosts several times. In one incident, the actress saw a woman without a face—a common visual description among those who’ve said to have seen ghost. In another episode, Hudson reveals her belief that a late grandmother visited her in the night. “I woke up and felt amazing that she was around me” the actress said.
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Nicolas Cage may be known to many for playing Ghost Rider, but the actor may have encountered the real thing as a child. He was born Nicolas Coppola, as in Nicolas “nephew of director Francis Ford” Coppola. Since his youth, he has refused to stay at The Godfather director’s home, citing an incident where he saw the ghost in the family’s attic. As an adult, Cage would purchase the famously haunted Lalaurie Mansion in New Orleans, Louisiana. Perhaps he was trying to reconnect with the spirits of his childhood?
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She may have battled ghouls on TV’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but Alyson Hannigan would never even think of getting rid of her real ghost. The actress believes her house is haunted, but claims the phantom occupant is “friendly.” “My friend saw him first one night,” Hannigan explained, “and said ‘I don’t mean to alarm you but I just saw a man follow us out of the house.’ And I said, ‘Well, at least he’s gentlemanly, he let us go first.'” She would later catch him watching her from her doorway while she slept one night. While certainly not violent, one could hardly call this behavior gentlemanly. If said ghost is real, let’s hope it doesn’t mean to be creepy intentionally…
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Former KISS guitarist “Space” Ace Frehely claims to have been assaulted by a ghost. An entity apparently once grabbed a book off a water cooler and threw it at his head. Keep in mind, this is also a guy whose done a ton of drugs and claims to have been inducted by aliens. Still, if it really happened we can consider it justice for making us endure Dynasty, the KISS disco record.
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Patrick Stewart claims to have seen a ghost while performing Waiting For Godot with Sir Ian McKellan in 2009. The actor would freeze up in the middle of a line reading and later be pressed by McKellan for the cause of it. Stewart responded, “I just saw a ghost onstage during Act I.” The specter is supposedly the ghost of actor John Baldwin Buckstone, who is said to appear at London’s Haymart Theatre when comedies are being performed.
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Bestselling author Joe Hill didn’t title his collection of short stories 20th Century Ghosts for nothing. The author is said to have had a real life encounter with a spirit at the notoriously haunted Bethlehem Hotel in Pennsylvania. Hill stayed in a room directly below the popularly haunted room 932 (which the hotel has dubbed “A Room With A Boo”). Perhaps the ghosts of the room like to switch things up a bit as Hill woke up in the night paralyzed by fear. It seemed a phantasmal figure was sitting at the edge of his bed and Hill could do nothing by scream at the sight of it. The room is said to house many ghosts, including one with an M.O. akin to Hill’s encounter. The ghost in question often asks denizens “Why are you in my room?” before disappearing when the lights come on.
Carrie Fisher, known to most as the actress who played Princess Leia in the Star Wars trilogy, claims her home is haunted by the late Republican Party member R. Gregory Stevens. The political adviser overdosed from cocaine and Oxycontin in her home in 2005. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Fisher explained the Stevens spirit would flip lights and devices off and on throughout the house. The actress would experience a drug relapse from the stress and eventually hired and exorcist to take care of it. Since then, she says things have calmed down, but she believes she will be always be haunted: “He didn’t just die in his sleep; he died in mine. So it’s still not gone, and I don’t think it will ever be.”
Hairspray director John Waters apparently saw a ghost as a child in the 1950s. While camping at Happy Hollow, located at Baltimore, Maryland’s Lake Montello, the director encountered a spirit. Though the paranormal encounter didn’t quite scare him, it did have a profound influence on his surreal, campy comedies, which often skirt the line between funny and horrifying. The encounter was chronicled in detail on an episode of A&E’s Celebrity Ghost Stories.