Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

Elizabeth Taylor lives!

Well, sadly she doesn’t. She died last spring. But news reaches us that the great Dame is still raking in the dollars. In one of its more morbid mercenary activities, Forbes magazine has unleashed its latest list of the most …

Mon, Oct 29, 2012, 21:02

   

Well, sadly she doesn’t. She died last spring. But news reaches us that the great Dame is still raking in the dollars. In one of its more morbid mercenary activities, Forbes magazine has unleashed its latest list of the most lucrative dead celebrities. Actually, this is a bit of a cheat. Dame Elizabeth only makes the top because they flogged all her jewellery over the last 12 months. Unless they discover another bag of diamonds down the back of the sofa she won’t be worrying the list next year.

It’s a funny business this. Selling dead celebrities to the living is something that’s been going on since the time of the early saints. But it has taken on ever more creepy formulations as the decades have progressed. An interesting story emerged a few weeks ago concerning the estate of Marilyn Monroe. At the time of her passing, aware that death duties were less severe in New York than in California, they registered her as a dead East-coaster. Well, what do you know? When, half  a century later, they tried to sue some poor bloke who was selling Marilyn tee shirts, the Empire State authorities told them where to go. It seems that New York works less hard at allowing greedy wee people to exploit the dead than does California.

At any rate, Elizabeth just pipped her old friend Michael Jackson in the list of top worm-eaten earners. As several articles have dryly pointed out, Jacko only clears that amount of dosh because he isn’t around to spend the stuff any more. In third place, it’s good old Elvis. Jacko, Liz and the King: the glossiest icons really do seem to last the longest.