Saturday, July 9, 2011

Who Died it Better?

"Ali MacGraw's Disease: Movie illness in which the only symptom is that the sufferer grows more beautiful as death approaches. (This disease claimed many screen victims, often including Greta Garbo.)" --Roger Ebert

So I ask you, readers, in the art of dying, who was the fairest of them all?


  1. My vote in this case goes to Gene Tierney in Leave Her To Heaven. She's not only astonishingly beautiful languishing into the great beyond, but she's also super-duper creepy! Win-win!
    "I'll never let you go....MUWAHAHAHAHAHAAAAcacklecackle!!!"

  2. Laura: Yeah, that was a great one. Hell, it's a tough choice. Would you rather listen to say, Nicole Kidman sing a three-minute ballad before expiring or would you rather watch Gene Tierney plot her revenge from beyond the grave?

  3. Beyond the grave! Beyond the grave!

  4. E.T. looks the saddest. But also the tastiest. He kinda turned into a California Raisin upon death it looks like.

  5. I don't have an answer to your question but I love this post -- especially that last one in context with the rest. Too classic.


  6. Rachel,
    What a great topic! I have to say I was thrilled that you included Moulin Rouge which I've seen a zillion times. (thinking of Ewen singing is making me weak even now) This is a tough choice because the Wuthering Heights death scene was so heartbreaking. Bette Davis always brings the water works when she dies with her dramatic acting and hand motions.

    I guess I was most moved by Kidman though because I wanted them to have a happy ending.

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  8. Hey guys, thanks for the comments. I know I'm kind of poking fun at these scenes but hey, I kind of love them too. So what if it's not realistic?

    And Nate, I just sent you an e-mail. Please let me know if you didn't get it. I haven't forgotten about the blogathon and I'm still eager to do it.