The craziest celebrity wills and dying wishes
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Monday 4th October 2021
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
The craziest celebrity wills and dying wishes
Over the last 18 months death seems to have been constantly in the air. Almost every other day we are shocked as yet another person we know has sadly passed away. So, on this theme I share this item I spotted on the internet about dying wishes. Some of the celebrities mentioned are not dead. Details of their wishes when they do die are recorded.
Everyone has a dying wish. For many, that means managing money beyond the grave. Wills are pretty important, and it’s good to ensure you pass something on to your loved ones. That said, many celebs have unusual wills and dying wishes.
- Alexander McQueen
The innovative fashion designer loved his dogs and left a reported US$75,000 to them.
- Tupac Shakur
On his track, ‘Black Jesus,’ the rapper asked for friends to smoke his ashes. Members of his crew, Outlawz, followed through with this request.
- Farrah Fawcett
Controversy ensued when Farrah Fawcett passed away in 2009, leaving nothing to her longtime lover Ryan O’Neal.
- Leona Helmsley
The flamboyant businesswoman left US$10 million to her brother, and US$5 million to her grandsons. Meanwhile her dog, Maltese, received US$12 million.
- William Shakespeare
The legendary writer left a strange present to his wife, Anne Hathaway. He left his “second best bed” for his wife—that’s right, his second best.
- Charles Dickens
Dickens didn’t want any “monument, memorial or testimonial whatsoever.” Although, this was ignored. “He could not possibly imagine that his popularity would have been what it is today,” said his great-great-grandson.
- Harry Houdini
Houdini was an iconic magician and kept the tricks coming from the afterlife. His wife was instructed to hold séances every year on his death date, October 31.
After his death, Napoleon asked for his head to be shaved, and his hair divided among friends.
- Gene Roddenberry
The ‘Star Trek’ creator asked for his ashes to be sent into space. This was done in 1997.
- Philip Seymour Hoffman
Apparently, the actor didn’t want “trust fund kids,” so he left everything to his girlfriend Mimi O’Donnell.
- Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe left thousands to her half-sister, friends, and her personal secretary. However, all of her possessions and clothing went to her acting coach, Lee Strasberg.
- John B. Kelly
The Olympic gold rower had a humorous request, asking his daughter (Grace Kelly) to “not bankrupt the Principality of Monaco with the bills about her clothing.”
- Janis Joplin
Joplin was a wild superstar, and didn’t want a miserable funeral. Instead, she left around US$2,500 for her friends to have an all-night party.
- William Randolph Hearst
Mr. Hearst was an influential magazine mogul. In his will, he offered just one dollar to anyone who could prove they were his child.
- Dusty Springfield
Springfield had some curious requests for her cat, Nicholas. She asked for him to be fed baby food, given a tree house, and to be serenaded by Springfield’s records.
- Adam Yauch
In his will, the Beastie Boy asked that neither his image or music should be used for advertising.
- Mickey Rooney
Once a star, Mickey Rooney had around US$80,000 before he passed away. The actor left none of it to his wife and children.
- Jeremy Bentham
The philosopher asked that his body be stuffed with hay, and put on display in London. You can still see him there today.
- John Bowman
The socialite paid US$50,000 to employ staff who would mind his house after he died, as he believed that he, his wife, and his daughter would be reincarnated.
- George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw was a bit of an odd fellow, and left behind money to fund a new alphabet. By the end of his death year (1950), the Shaw Alphabet was introduced.
- Benjamin Franklin
His face is on money, but Benjamin Franklin said his daughter Sarah would “not engage the expensive, vain, and useless pastime of wearing jewels.” She didn’t listen.
- Fred Baur
Fred Baur invented the Pringles can, and asked that he be buried in one. His family agreed.
- Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey has apparently left US$30 million to her dogs.
- Robert Kardashian
The defence lawyer left a US$100 million estate in trust for the Kardashians
- Simon Cowell
The powerful media figure has said that he will leave all his money to charity, and not to his children.
- Bill Gates
The entire Gates fortune will not be left to his children, but his children will receive a small portion of US$10 million.
- Elton John
Elton John has an estimated fortune of over US$500 million, but has told the Mirror about his concerns leaving money. “It’s terrible to give kids a silver spoon. It ruins their life.”
- Sean Connery
Sean Connery reportedly told his son that he would not receive a penny of his fortune. Connery’s former wife, Diane Cilento, revealed the news.
TOP TEN OF THE DAY
TOP TEN Unlikely names for suburbs
(Courtesy of the Independent)
Exoticism in humdrum places.
- Rhodesia, a suburb of Worksop.
- New Zealand, Derby. (Although most locals call it Morley.)
- Jericho, Oxford. There is a Jericho, Nairobi, as well, where Barack Obama’s father once lived.
- Mount Florida, Glasgow.
- California, Falkirk. There is another in Derby, and one in Birmingham.
- Etruria, Stoke on Trent. Josiah Wedgwood named the site of his pottery business after the ancient region of Italy now known as Tuscany.
- Freezywater in Enfield, northwest London.
- Hollywood, Birmingham. There is another one in Belfast (spelt Holywood but pronounced the same).
- Toronto and Quebec are villages in County Durham.
- Lonesome in Streatham Vale, southwest London.
REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
– Nicolas Chamfort
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”—ConfuciusHAPPINESS IS…
Happiness is…making sure you leave a will that is sure to wind someone up.
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
People who use selfie sticks really need to have a good, long look at themselves.
Love is…never growing old in each other’s eyes
A time to visit California, Derby…A time to visit California, USA.
4th October 2021
1535 The first complete English language Bible (the Coverdale Bible) was printed by London printer Miles Coverdale, with translations by William Tyndale and Miles Coverdale.
1829 John Thompson of London designed the first greeting card.
1911 Britain’s first underground escalators were introduced. They connected the District Line and Piccadilly Line platforms at Earl’s Court underground station in London.
1963 The Beatles made their first appearance on the ITV show Ready Steady Go!
1973 The BBC broadcast the 500th edition of Top Of The Pops. On the show were Slade, Gary Glitter and The Osmonds.
1976 British Rail began its new 125mph Intercity ‘High Speed Train’ service. At the time of its introduction it was the fastest diesel-powered train in regular service in the world and remained so for many years afterwards. Engineers have calculated that, with a certain amount of rewiring, the Mark 3 carriages can be made to last until at least 2035.
©2021 Phil M Robinson