While watching another Bette Davis documentary -- established, I'm a total fag for B.D. -- I'm struck by her epitaph, written by "All About Eve" scribe Joe Mankiewiecz: "She did it the hard way." I like.
Some other gravestones worthy of note:
Truth and History.
The Boy Bandit King --
He Died As He Lived.
--William H. Bonney "Billy the Kid"
My Jesus Mercy
1880 - 1946
The Body of
B. Franklin, Printer
Like the Cover of an old Book
Its Contents turn out
And Stript of its Lettering & Guilding
Lies here. Food for Worms
For, it will as he believed
appear once more
In a new and more elegant Edition
corrected and improved
By the Author
I had A Lover's Quarrel With The World
--Robert Lee Frost
As the flowers are all made sweeter
by the sunshine and the dew,
so this old world is made brighter
by the lives
of folks like you.
In loving memory from the Family
--Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel
And alien tears will fill for him
Pity's long-broken urn,
For his mourners will be outcast men,
And outcasts always mourn.