01-24-2013   Leave a comment

Doing a lot of reading through these freezing cold months is something I look forward to every year.  With little or no outside work to do I can read two or three books a week with no trouble.  I purposely buy books to be saved for these months and I try to make them as diverse as I can.

That being said, if you’ve read this blog or my previous blog, Anti-Stupidity Central, you know how much I tend to ridicule celebrities and the people who worship them.  There is always so much hype and lies about their lives it’s difficult to sort through it all to find the truth.  During my weekly reading this week I discovered a source who supplied me with some truth about celebrities that they can’t deny or spin or tell untruths about. The following information concerns those celebrities who have passed on with some interesting facts on how that occurred.

SAMMY DAVIS JR. (1925-1990)

Don’t wives ever listen? Sammy Davis Jr. wanted his coffin closed because he wanted no one to see his cancer-ravaged body. His wife Altovise had an open casket and hired a photographer to snap pictures.  Later when she discovered his estate owed millions in back taxes she had him exhumed and removed $70,000.00 of jewelry from his body.  She died in 2009 at the same age as Sammy. Ahhhh, ain’t true love wonderful?

MERV GRIFFIN (1925-2007)

His final resting place is Westwood Cemetery, Los Angeles. At the time of his death on August 12, he was a billionaire.  He was clever and guarded  at evading questions about his sexuality, telling the NY Times, “I tell everyone that I’m a quarter sexual.  I will do anything with anyone for a quarter.”  His epithet reads ‘I Will Not Be Right Back After This Message’.

JOHN WAYNE (1907-1979)

The Duke died of stomach cancer on June 11 and on his deathbed, he converted to Catholicism, and requested his tombstone to read, ‘Feo, Fuerte, y Normal’, a Spanish phrase meaning “ugly, strong, and dignified.”  His grave remained unmarked for more than twenty years.

MEL BLANC (1908-1989)

Mel Blanc was known as the man of a thousand voices for more than fifty-two years, including Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Yosemite Sam, Wile E. Coyote, and Barney Rubble.  He died on July 10 of heart disease and was buried in a grave with the inscription, ‘That’s All Folks’, as stipulated in his will.

JOAN HACKETT (1934-1983)

She was laid to rest in Hollywood Forever Cemetery after losing her battle with ovarian cancer.  She checked herself out of the hospital shortly before her death to host a party at her home for Carrie Fisher and  Paul Simon.  She so loved to get her beauty sleep that she was left resting quietly in Crypt 2314 with the epithet, ‘Go Away – I’m Asleep’.

And last but certainly not least:

RODNEY  DANGERFIELD (1921-2004)

His final resting place is Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles.  You just have to love a guy who at eighty-two was still smoking pot. During the Reagan years he even once got stoned in the White House.  He also, in 2002,  got stoned in the hospital bathroom after having a heart attack scare.  He died on October 5 from complications from heart-valve replacement.   His tombstone reads "’There Goes The Neighborhood’. To me he was one of the funniest bastards who ever lived and has definitely earned my respect.

So there you have it.  A small dose of graveside humor that can’t be disputed, denied, or spun.  If only the ones still living could be as open and forthright.

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