Yvonne & Alma
You won’t be surprised that this reminded me of Alma Mahler-Werfel, who Tom Lehrer immortalized in a song inspired by her obituary, which also lists her lovers, including a large portion of the creative men in central Europe in the first half of the 20th century. He describes it as the juiciest, spiciest, raciest obituary he’s every had the pleasure to read. She went so far as to marry one of the century's leading composers (Gustav Mahler), architects (Walter Gropius), and novelists (Franz Werfel).
So maybe Yvonne deserves a song, too,
In Hollywood lived dear Yvonne
It’s sad now that she’s dead and gone
Robt’s Taylor and Stack
Said when she’s on her back
She’d even turn television on.
….ok, maybe I’m not the one to write it.
Still, the whole thing makes me wonder why we don’t list everybody’s lovers in their obits. Wouldn’t that be great? Grandma died, leaving a son and two granddaughters. She was married 35 years to Granddad, but had 4 affairs with locals, including George the automechanic and Bill the late manager of Hardees. Her first lay was a traveling carnie known only as “Wrench”.
And I wonder that I’ve never seen this in a man’s obituary. Or would that just be wrong somehow?
Anyhow, I’m back. Talk to you all next week.