Last Wills – Gene Roddenberry
Gene Roddenberry (Eugene Wesley Roddenberry)
Born August 19, 1921 – Died October 24, 1991
American television screenwriter, producer, creator of the original Star Trek television series
Last Wills – Gene Roddenberry – Ashes
In 1992, some of Roddenberry’s ashes were flown into space, and returned to Earth, on the Space Shuttle Columbia mission STS-52.
On April 21, 1997, a Celestis spacecraft with 7 grams (a quarter of an ounce) of the cremated remains of Roddenberry, along with those of Timothy Leary, Gerard K. O’Neill and 21 other people, was launched into Earth orbit aboard a Pegasus XL rocket from a site near the Canary Islands.
Dusty Springfield made her cat, “Nicholas,” a priority in her Last Will and Testament, by arranging that the cat was to be fed imported baby food and serenaded with Springfield’s songs.
Last Wills – Dusty Springfield – Bio
Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien (“Dusty Springfield“)
Born April 6, 1939 – Died March 2, 1999
British Pop Singer
Last Wills – Dusty Springfield – Note
Reports say that “Nicholas” had an indoor cat treehouse with various amenities, including catnip, scratching posts and a bed lined with one of Springfield’s nightgowns.
Dusty Springfield also arranged for “Nicholas” to “get married” to his new guardian’s pet cat.
She set aside $2,500 to pay for a posthumous all-night party for 200 guests at her favorite pub in San Anselmo, California, “so my friends can get blasted after I’m gone.”
Last Wills – Janis Joplin
Janis Lyn Joplin
Born January 19, 1943 – Died October 4, 1970
American Singer, Songwriter, Music Arranger
Last Wills – Janis Joplin – Note
Janis Joplin changed her will two days before her death. The provision in her Last Will and Testament read as follow:
If my Executor shall so elect, he shall be authorized, at the expense of my estate, but not to exceed Two Thousand Five Hundred ($2,500.00) Dollars, to cause a gathering of my friends and acquaintances at a suitable location as a final gesture of appreciation and farewell to such friends and acquaintance.
Ps – Last Wills – Janis Joplin – John Lennon
The last recordings Joplin completed were on October 1, 1970 — Mercedes Benz and a birthday greeting for John Lennon, the Dale Evans Happy Trails.
John Lennon, whose birthday was October 9, later told Dick Cavett that her taped greeting arrived at his home after her death.
In his Last Will, Harry Houdini left ten (10) random words to his wife.
Houdini stated in his Last Will that his widow should hold a séance every Halloween following his death and that he would communicate with her through those ten (10) words.
Last Wills – Harry Houdini – Bio
Harry Houdini (Erik Weisz)
Hungarian-born American Magician, Escapologist
Died October 31, 1926
Last Wills – Harry Houdini – Note
After his passing, his wife held such séances every year for 10 years, eventually stopping since Houdini did not make his presence known.
On October 31, 1936, Houdini’s widow held the “Final Houdini Séance” atop of the roof of The Knickerbocker Hotel in Hollywood, California.
A recording of the séance was made and issued as a record album.
Napoleon Bonaparte’s Last Will and Testament directed that his head be shaved and his hair be distributed among his friends.
Last Wills – Napoleon Bonaparte – Bio
French Military, Political Leader, Emperor
Born August 15, 1769 – Died May 5, 1821
Last Wills – Napoleon Bonaparte – Note
The clause of his Last Will and Testament read as follows:
“Marchand shall preserve my hair, and cause a bracelet to be made of it, with a little gold clasp, to be sent to the Empress Maria Louisa, to my mother, and to each of my brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, the Cardinal, and one of larger size for my son.”