Sad, Inspiring and Depressing.
These are the last words of the people we loved, hated and barely knew at all.
Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809, in Boston, Massachusetts. His father, named David Poe Jr., and his mother, named Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins Poe, were touring actors. Both parents died in 1811, and Poe became an orphan before he was 3 years old. He was adopted by John Allan, a tobacco merchant in Richmond...
“ Lord, Help my Poor Soul ” - Stautis
“ I am perplexed. Satan Get Out ” - Stautis
“ Representing Marie Antoinette
Pardon me, sir. I did not do it on purpose. ” - Stautis
“ Jakie, is it my birthday or am I dying? ” - Stautis
Jane Austen was born on December 16th, 1775, to the local rector, Rev. George Austen (1731-1805), and Cassandra Leigh (1739-1827). She was the seventh of eight children. She had one older sister, Cassandra. In 1783 she went to Southampton to be taught by a relative, Mrs. Cawley, but was brought home due to a local outbreak of disease...
“ Nothing but death. ” - Stautis
“ Oh God, here I go... ” - Stautis
Ludwig van Beethoven
Beethoven was the child of a Flamian musician family and became a member of the electoral orchestra of Bonn in 1783. In 1787 he studied at Mozart's in Vienna and in 1792 he moved all to Vienna becoming a student of Joseph Haydn
. The Vienna High Society loved him as a piano player as well as as composer...
“ Friends applaud, the comedy is over. ” - Stautis
London-born Virginia Woolf came from a wealthy family and, unlike her brothers, received her education at home, an unusual step for the times. Her parents had both had children from previous marriages, so she grew up with a variety of siblings, stepbrothers and stepsisters. Her father was a well-respected editor and author and the former son-in-law of William Makepeace Thackeray
“ I feel certain that I'm going mad again. I feel we can't go thru another of those terrible times. And I shan't recover this time. I begin to hear voices. ” - Stautis
James Whale, who grew up poor in an English mining town, learned to put on plays in a World War I German POW camp. Postwar theatre work took him to the London stage, then Broadway, then a contract with Paramount, as dialog director for Howard Hughes
' Hell's Angels
. He began his contribution to the horror film genre with his move to Universal...
“ The f*ture is just old age and illness and pain.... I must have peace and this is the only way. ” - Stautis
Together with Dolores del Rio
, Ramon Novarro
, Lupe Velez
and José Mojica
as among the few Mexican people who made history in the early years of Hollywood. Vélez career began in Mexico City, where she lived with her mother and sisters. In 1925, while working in a clothes store, Vélez caught the attention of three theatrical managers who were impressed by her beauty and grace...
“ To Harald, may God forgive you and forgive me too but I prefer to take my life away and our baby's before I bring him with shame or killing him, Lupe. ” - Stautis
Kurt Cobain was born on February 20 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. Kurt and his family lived in Hoquiam for the first few months of his life then later moved back to Aberdeen, where he had a happy childhood until his parents divorced. The divorce left Kurt's outlook on the world forever scarred. He became withdrawn and anti-social...
“ Frances and Courtney, I'll be at your altar. Please keep going Courtney, for Frances for her life will be so much happier without me. I LOVE YOU. I LOVE YOU. ” - Stautis
George Sanders was born of English parents in St. Petersburg, Russia. He worked in a Birmingham textile mill, in the tobacco business and as a writer in advertising. He entered show business in London as a chorus boy, going from there to cabaret, radio and theatrical understudy. His film debut, in 1936...
“ Dear World, I am leaving you because I am bored. I feel I have lived long enough. I am leaving you with your worries in this sweet cesspool - good luck. ” - Stautis
Vincent van Gogh
Vincent Willem van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853, in Zundert, Netherlands. His father, named Theodorus van Gogh, was a Protestant minister. His mother, named Anna Cornelia Carbentus, was a daughter of the "book-binder to the King" Willem Carbentus; who had bound the first Consitution of Holland. Vincent Van Gogh was given the name of his elder brother...
“ The sadness will last forever. ” - Stautis
One of the most influential yet underrated guitarists of all time, Terry Alan Kath was born on January 31, 1946 in Chicago, Ill. Musical practically from birth, Kath taught himself bass, drums, and guitar, and made the rounds in local bands, impressing everyone he met. Childhood friends included Walter Parazaider
“ Don't worry it's not loaded, see?
What do you think I'm gonna do, shoot myself? ” - Stautis
Robert E. Howard
Robert E. Howard
created Conan the Barbarian in a series of short stories and novels in the 1930's. Born in Peaster, Texas, he was raised in Cross Plains. His fiction was carried in pulp magazines of the time such as Weird Tales, and H.P. Lovecraft
was a friend and admirer of his. He committed suicide after holding vigil by his mother's deathbed in 1936.
“ All fled--all done, so lift me on the pyre;
The feast is over, and the lamps expire. ” - Stautis
In the early 1980s, this ruggedly handsome young man of Norwegian parentage was seen as the "next big thing", and then suddenly he was dead from an accident via a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Hexum was born and raised in Tenafly, New Jersey, where he was a musically gifted student at school playing both the horn & the violin in the school orchestra...
“ Lets see if this will do it. ” - Stautis
“ No More Games. No More Bombs. No More Walking. No More Fun. No More Swimming. 67. That is 17 years past 50. 17 more than I needed or wanted. Boring. I am always bitchy. No Fun – for anybody. 67. You are getting Greedy. Act your old age. Relax – This won’t hurt. ” - Stautis
In 1969, Delp performed in Tom Scholz' band Mother's Milk with guitarist Barry Goudreau and drummer Jim Masdea. Goudreau had introduced Brad to guitarist/keyboardist and recent MIT graduate Tom Scholz, who was looking for a singer to complete a recording of some demos that he had made in his basement...
“ I am a lonely soul ” - Stautis
Humphrey DeForest Bogart was born in New York City, New York, to Maud Humphrey, a famed magazine illustrator and suffragette, and Belmont DeForest Bogart, a moderately wealthy surgeon (who was secretly addicted to opium). Bogart was educated at Trinity School, NYC, and was sent to Phillips Academy in Andover...
“ I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis ” - Stautis
Lord Byron seemed destined from birth to tragedy. His father was the handsome but feckless Captain John "Mad Jack" Byron and his mother the Scottish heiress Catherine Gordon, the only child of the Laird of Gight. Captain Byron abandoned his wife and child leaving Catherine to bring up young Byron on her own...
“ Goodnight. ” - Stautis
“ And now, in keeping with Channel 40's policy of always bringing you the latest in blood and guts, in living color, you're about to see another first--an attempted suicide. ” - Stautis
“ Doctor, do you think it could have been the sausage? ” - Stautis
Lou Costello was born Louis Francis Cristillo in Paterson, New Jersey, to Helen (Rege) and Sebastiano Cristillo. His father was from Calabria, Italy, and his mother was an American of Italian, French, and Irish ancestry. Raised in Paterson, Costello dropped out of high school and headed west to break into the movies...
“ That was the best ice-cream soda I ever tasted. ” - Stautis
Noel Coward virtually invented the concept of Englishness for the 20th century. An astounding polymath - dramatist, actor, writer, composer, lyricist, painter, and wit -- he was defined by his Englishness as much as he defined it. He was indeed the first Brit pop star, the first ambassador of "cool Britannia." Even before his 1924 drugs-and-sex scandal of The Vortex...
“ Goodnight my darlings, I'll see you tomorrow. ” - Stautis
Bing Crosby was born Harry Lillis Crosby, Jr. in Tacoma, Washington, the fourth of seven children of Catherine Helen "Kate" (Harrigan) and Harry Lowe Crosby, a brewery bookkeeper. He was of English and Irish descent. Crosby studied law at Gonzaga University in Spokane but was more interested in playing the drums and singing with a local band...
“ That was a great game of golf, fellers. ” - Stautis
James Byron Dean was born February 8, 1931 in Marion, Indiana, to Mildred Marie (Wilson) and Winton A. Dean, a farmer turned dental technician. His mother died when Dean was nine, and he was subsequently raised on a farm by his aunt and uncle in Fairmount, Indiana. After grade school, he moved to New York to pursue his dream of acting...
“ My fun days are over. ” - Stautis
Emily Dickinson, a shy, unassuming, educated woman, was a poet of extraordinary talent. During her lifetime, only seven of her poems were published, although upon her death, she had written an amazing 2,000 poems. Many of these were not finished. Her grandfather, Samuel Fowler Dickinson, was one of the founders of Amherst College...
“ ...the fog is rising ” - Stautis
“ I don't mind if my life goes in the service of the nation. If I die today every drop of my blood will invigorate the nation ” - Stautis
“ Is it the Fourth? ” - Stautis
“ This is it. I'm going. I'm going. ” - Stautis
“ I wish I'd drunk more champagne. ” - Stautis
“ Now I have finished with all earthly business, and high time too. Yes, yes, my dear child, now comes death. ” - Stautis
“ Why are you weeping? Did you imagine that I was immortal? ” - Stautis
Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925, in Omaha, Nebraska, one of eight children. His father, Earl Little, was a Baptist preacher who supported Marcus Garvey
's Back to Africa movement. When Malcolm was four, the family moved to Lansing, Michigan, where Earl tried opening a store while continuing his preaching...
“ Brothers! Brothers, please! This is a house of peace! ” - Stautis
Karl Heinrich Marx was born on May 5, 1818, into a wealthy family in Tier, Germany. His father, Hershel Mordechai, was the son of a rabbi. Karl converted to Lutheran Christianity because Jews were not allowed to practice law. He graduated from the Trier Gymnasium, then studied law at the University of Bonn...
“ Go on, get out. Last words are for fools who haven't said enough. ” - Stautis
“ Take lots of pictures! We are the revolutionaries! ” - Stautis
“ But, but, mister Colonel... ” - Stautis
Laurence Olivier could speak William Shakespeare
's lines as naturally as if he were "actually thinking them", said English playwright Charles Bennett
, who met Olivier in 1927. Laurence Kerr Olivier was born in Dorking, Surrey, England, to Agnes Louise (Crookenden) and Gerard Kerr Olivier, a High Anglican priest. His surname came from a great-great-grandfather who was of French Huguenot origin...
“ This isn't Hamlet, you know, it's not meant to go into the bloody ear. ” - Stautis
“ I am just going outside and may be some time. ” - Stautis
Elvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in East Tupelo, Mississippi, to Gladys Presley
(née Gladys Love Smith) and Vernon Presley
(Vernon Elvis Presley). He had a twin brother who was stillborn. In September 1948, Elvis and his parents moved to Memphis, Tennessee where he attended Humes High School...
“ I hope I haven't bored you. ” - Stautis
“ Representing James W. Rodgers:
Why yes, a bulletproof vest! (When asked for any final requests before the firing squad) ” - Stautis
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born on January 30, 1882, in Hyde Park, New York, to James and Sara Roosevelt. His father was 54 at the time of FDR's birth and already had a grown son, nicknamed "Rosy". Sarah was only 27 when FDR was born. Growing up, FDR had a happy but sheltered childhood. His family was very wealthy and FDR had a very privileged upbringing...
“ I have a terrific headache. ” - Stautis
“ Put out the light. ” - Stautis
“ Put that bloody cigarette out ” - Stautis
Ethel Greenglass Rosenberg was born in New York City to Barnet and Tessie Greenglass. The family was very poor and lived in a shabby, unheated tenement. Ethel, the only daughter, attended Hebrew schools and Seward Park High School, graduating at age 15. She became a clerk for a shipping company, but...
“ We are the first victims of American fascism! ” - Stautis
“ We are innocent. That is the whole truth. To forsake this truth is to pay too high a price even for the priceless gift of life. For life thus purchased we could not live out in dignity. ” - Stautis
Ayrton Senna da Silva was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil to a wealthy family. When he was four years old his father Milton bought him a go-kart, and by age eight Ayrton was regularly competing in karting events. His career progressed quickly, and in 1982 he moved to England to pursue his racing. In 1984 he came to the attention of the whole world by racing in Formula One...
“ The car seems ok... (A few seconds later his steering coloumn broke and he died when his car hit the wall) ” - Stautis
Dylan Thomas was born at the start of the First World War in the "ugly, lovely town" of Swansea, an industrial, coastal town on the South Wales Coast. He published his first volume of poetry, "Eighteen poems" in 1934 and went on to write many more volumes of poetry as well as many short stories, filmscripts...
“ I've just had 15 double whiskies. I think that might be a record. ” - Stautis
James Grover Thurber was born in 1894 in Columbus, Ohio. He began his career as a reporter for the Columbus Evening Dispatch. He became known for his work on The New Yorker, where he was a writer and a cartonist. His most famous story is "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty".
“ God bless... God damn. ” - Stautis
“ Representing the scottish Leader:
Freedom ” - Stautis
Writer, born in Bromley, Kent. He was apprenticed to a draper, tried teaching, studied biology in London, then made his mark in journalism and literature. He played a vital part in disseminating the progressive ideas which characterized the first part of the 20th-c. He achieved fame with scientific fantasies such as The Time Machine (1895) and War of the Worlds (1898)...
“ Go away... I'm allright. ” - Stautis
“ Es Lebe Die Freiheit (Long live Freedom) ” - Stautis
“ Representing the traveller:
I Have not told half of what i saw ” - Stautis
From the late 1940s through 1961, he was the highly successful host of You Bet Your Life
a quiz show on radio and television. His son, Arthur Marx
, is a successful writer of biographies and TV scripts. Arthur complained about his father always being "on". If he asked Groucho about something serious or personal, Groucho would reply with one-liners.
“ Die, my dear? Why, that’s the last thing I’ll do! ” - Stautis
“ Hello. We’re looking in … We’re overlooking the Financial Center. Three of us. Two broken windows — Oh god! Oh g— ” - Stautis
L. Frank Baum
L. Frank Baum became a success with his 1883 production of "The Maid of Arran" in 1882. He was a dreamer, had a printing press and an amateur newspaper, "The Rose Lawn Home Journal" and published a coin and stamp collecting guide. He failed at almost everything through poor business sense. He had been an actor...
“ Now I can cross the Shifting Sands. ” - Stautis
Ernesto 'Che' Guevara
Ernesto Guevara de la Serna was born to a middle-class family in Rosario, Santa Fe Province, Argentina, on June 14, 1928. Disgusted by the corrupt Argentine military dictatorship, Guevara became a dedicated Marxist while in his teens. As a student he vowed to devote his life to revolutionary causes...
“ I know you are here to kill me. Shoot, coward, you are only going to kill a man. ” - Stautis
George S. Patton
George S. Patton III was a highly successful and highly controversial general who held Corps- and Army-level commands during World War II. Because of his great competence as a battlefield commander, Patton might have led the American troops during the invasion of Normandy; however, his impolitic ways...
“ This is a hell of a way to die.
Died in a car crash on the way home from a hunting trip ” - Stautis
Emiliano Zapata was born on August 8, 1879 in Anenecuilo, Mexico, the son of a local businessman. He was not himself a tenant farmer, but was raised amoung them in the predominantly agrarian Morelos district, where the primitive living conditions convinced him of the need for sweeping reforms. He became...
“ Don’t let me die like this, say I said something. ” - Stautis
Bob Marley was born on February 6, 1945, in Nine Miles, Saint Ann, Jamaica, to Norval Marley and Cedella Booker
. His father was a Jamaican of English descent. His mother was a black teenager. The couple planned to get married but Norval left Kingston before this could happen. Norval died in 1955, seeing his son only once...
“ Money can’t buy life. ” - Stautis
Steve Irwin was born in 1962 to parents Lyn and Bob Irwin, who were animal naturalists. He shared the love for animals all his life, stemming from being raised at the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park. There, he partook in daily duties of animal feeding and care. He quickly established himself with the Queenland's government on the process of the country's Crocodile Relocation Program...
“ Don’t worry, they usually don’t swim backwards. ” - Stautis
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart grew up in Salzburg under the regulation of his strict father Leopold who also was a famous composer of his time. His abilities in music were obvious even when Mozart was still young so that in 1762 at the age of six, his father took him with his elder sister on a concert tour to Munich and Vienna and a second one from 1763-66 through the south of Germany...
“ The taste of death is upon my lips. I feel something that is not of this earth. ” - Stautis
“ I can’t sleep ” - Stautis
Joan Crawford was born Lucille Fay LeSueur on March 23, 1905, in San Antonio, Texas, to Anna Belle (Johnson) and Thomas E. LeSueur, a laundry laborer. By the time she was born, her parents had separated, and by the time she was a teenager, she'd had three stepfathers. It wasn't an easy life; Crawford worked a variety of menial jobs...
“ Dammit…Don’t you dare ask God to help me ” - Stautis
“ Representing the convicted murder, who was killed in the electric chair:
Hey, fellas! How about this for a headline for tomorrow’s paper? ‘French Fries’! ” - Stautis
John F. Kennedy
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts, to Rose Kennedy
(née Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald) and Joseph P. Kennedy
. John was named after his maternal grandfather, John "HoneyFitz" Fitzgerald, the mayor of Boston. John was very ill as a child and was given the last rites five times...
“ No, you certainly can’t.
Said in reply to Nellie Connally, wife of Governor John Connelly, commenting “You certainly can’t say that the people of Dallas haven’t given you a nice welcome, Mr. President. ” - Stautis
“ Tomorrow, I shall no longer be here ” - Stautis
“ Representing Carl Panzram, the serial killer:
Hurry up, you Hoosier bastard, I could kill ten men while you’re fooling around! ” - Stautis
Future proponent for victims of injustice and tyranny during the years prior to the French Revolution, Voltaire (born François Marie Arouet on November 21, 1694 in Paris) was educated in Paris by the Jesuits. For a time he studied law, then decided to become a writer. Witty, thought-provoking and socially critical...
“ Now, now, my good man, this is no time for making enemies.
when asked by a priest to renounce Satan. ” - Stautis
Ever heard "I Want Candy" or "Not Fade Away" or "Willie & The Hand Jive", Shirley & Company's "Shame, Shame, Shame" or U2
's "Desire" or George Michael
's "Faith"? If you have, then you've heard the "Bo Diddley beat", the most famous beat in the world! One of the founding fathers of rock 'n' roll...
“ I'm goin' to heaven! I'm comin' home. ” - Stautis
“ Oh *beep* …
Died in a car crash, while on the phone with his girlfriend ” - Stautis
Barry White first made his mark in the music business in the 1960s as a session musician, even serving for a spell as an A&R man for a small, independent Los Angeles record label. He first hit it big in 1973 with a series of albums and singles emphasizing lush orchestrations and elaborate production values...
“ Leave me alone, I'm fine. ” - Stautis
A master musician, a film producer and actor, best known as the lead guitarist and occasionally lead vocalist of The Beatles
, George Harrison was born February 25, 1943, in Liverpool, Merseyside, England. He was also the youngest of four children, born to Harold Harrison
and Louise Harrison
. Like his future band mates...
“ Love one another. ” - Stautis
Layne Staley was born in Kirkland, Washington in 1967. In the mid-1980s, he fronted the glam metal band Sleze, then formed Alice in Chains (then called Alice n' Chains, ala Guns 'N' Roses) with guitarist Jerry Cantrell
, bassist Mike Starr
& drummer Sean Kinney
. Their debut album Facelift was a hit...
“ Don't leave me like this. ” - Stautis
“ Father hates me and I'm never coming back. ” - Stautis
“ Van Halen! ” - Stautis
Notorious 25-year-old gangsta MC and actor Tupac Shakur was shot and killed before he had a chance to fulfill the promise of a successful career in both fields. He was born in New York City and his mother, Afeni Shakur
, was a member of the Black Panther Party. Shakur spent much of his youth in Harlem...
“ Me? You're the one shot in the *beep* head! ” - Stautis
Jimi Hendrix was born on November 27, 1942 in Seattle, Washington, to African-American parents Lucille (Jeter) and James Allen Hendrix. His mother named him John Allen Hendrix and raised him alone while his father, Al Hendrix, was off fighting in World War II. When his mother became sick from alcoholism...
“ I need help bad, man. ” - Stautis
“ I'm going away tonight ” - Stautis
In an interview in "Disc" magazine published in June 1959, following the release of his third (and ultimately unsuccessful) single, Adam Faith declared that his ambition was to become an actor/director--not a singer. Nine years, 35 singles, 24 chart entries, 15 EPs and seven albums later he finally decided to leave the record industry to concentrate fully on fulfilling his thespian dream...
“ Channel 5 is all *beep* isn't it? Christ, the crap they put on there. ” - Stautis