Pickford and Fairbanks divorced in 1936, but Pickford remained in the home with her new husband, Buddy Rogers, until her death in 1979. The house sat vacant for a few years, but ultimately ended up being purchased by actress and singer Pia Zadora and her husband Meshulam Riklis in 1988. Only two years later, word got out that instead of renovating the historic house, the couple had instead torn it down to build a new home. Zadora faced enormous criticism, but defended her decision, saying that the house was in terrible shape and infested with termites.
Her story changed years later when she appeared on Celebrity Ghost Stories in 2012. This time, she said they’d decided to level the historic house because it was haunted. Zadora had done her own research, and believed the ghost was that of a woman who had died in the house while having an affair with Fairbanks. She said of the house, “It was perfect. It was a dream. But weird things started to happen, so my husband and I, after trying to figure out what to do, decided we were going to have the house razed,” adding, “you can deal with termites, and you can deal with plumbing issues, but you can’t deal with the supernatural.”
Zadora said the female ghost appeared in front of her children during the night, terrifying them. She also said that she saw the woman herself. The figure was dressed in 1920s attire, and every time she appeared, she was laughing. She would hear the sound of a party happening down an empty hallway.