Thursday, May 25, 2006

What's on your tombstone?

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.
21 Men.
The Boy Bandit King --
He Died As He Lived.

--William H. Bonney "Billy the Kid"

My Jesus Mercy

--Alphonse Capone

1880 - 1946

--W.C. Fields

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

--Benjamin Franklin

I had A Lover's Quarrel With The World

--Robert Lee Frost

Beloved Father

--Bela Lugosi

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.

--Bonnie Parker

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.

--Oscar Wilde

1 comment:

  1. I always remember one in my town of college, "hanged in Cleveland in accordance with law for the murder of his sweetheart"