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Ghost of a famed cross-dresser photobombed this couple's restaurant selfie —the reason why is creepy AF

Redbook Redbook 26/10/2015 Brie Schwartz
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Bon appétit!

On a visit to New Orleans, Ian Wrin and April Russ stopped by Tujague's, which has the distinction of being the city's (second)oldest restaurant. While they were there, they snapped a selfie, as any good tourists are wont to do, but when they looked back on their snap, they realised they got quite the souvenir from their meal.

Hovering behind them, you can see what appears to be a glowing apparition, or as Poppy Tooker, author and radio host of Louisiana Eats​, nonchalantly put it, what you're looking at is Julian Eltinge, "Tujague's cross-dressing ghost." Of course.

Tooker explains that Julian was a famous actor of the silent film-era, who once starred alongside Rudolph Valentino in Aisle of Love (which is sadly not available on Netflix). In addition to being quite the thespian, Julian, a cross-dresser whose alter ego was Vesta Tilley, also had his own makeup line.

"​He would dine at Begue's Restaurant, which later became Tujague's," Tooker said. "Eltinge autographed a picture and gave it to Madame Begue. The photo hung in the restaurant on the wall since 1917."

Two years ago, however, Mark Latter, the current owner of Tujague's, took down the framed photo of Julian when he was making some renovations. The picture was relegated to the attic, but apparently Julian was not too pleased with this move, so he made himself known when Ian and April struck a pose in front of the wall that used to hold his portrait.

Tooker advised the owner to get that dang photo back to its rightful place.

"I said, 'Mark, get the photo from out of the attic and hang it back on the wall! The ghost is angry and wants to be back in the room'" Tooker said.

"Ever since the photo went back up, the ghost is at peace," Tooker said.

Well, lesson learned. Don't mess with a dead diva.

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