Most of us think we know exactly what goes into a coffin, but some people take something extra with them. They say that you “can”t take it with you’, but these people did.
Humphrey Bogart had a gold whistle that had been given to him by his wife, Lauren Bacall, buried with him. The whistle had the message, ‘If you want anything, just whistle’, engraved along the barrel. The 19 year old actress was trying to get a start in the profession when she married the 45 year old star. It was love at first sight for the two of them and it lasted a life time.
Barbara Cartland was buried in a pink chiffon gown which was in keeping with her normal style of dress. The British romantic novelist died just before her 98th birthday. She was one of the world’s most successful authors and she sold more than a billion books in thirty-six different languages.
Dame Barbara Cartland
Bela Lugosi was buried dressed in the same black cape that he had worn in so many films in his role as Count Dracula. This Hungarian actor is best known for his starring role in Bram Stoker’s vampire story. He died on August 15th 1956 while on stage. It is said that he died clutching the script to ‘The Final Curtain’.
Walter Raleigh was buried with a pipe and a box of tobacco. The adventurer and explorer brought tobacco to Europe from the New World (America) in the late 1500’s. Raleigh was executed at the Tower of London for treason and his embalmed head was presented to his wife before his body was buried.
Frank Sinatra was buried in a blue suit with a flask of his favorite tipple, ‘Jack Daniels Whiskey’ and a roll of ten dimes placed there by his daughter. He died may 14th 1998 from a heart attack. His final words which were heard by his daughter Nancy, and his wife Barbara, were, ‘I’m Losing’.