Arnold Rothstein was one of America’s first and most important leaders of organized crime. I was reading a wonderful biography about him and was fascinated to read his last words. People who attend my public speaking presentations love when I share interesting anecdotes about the subjects of my talks. I thought it would be fun to share six of the fascinating last words I have come across.
ARNOLD ROTHSTEIN – LAST WORDS
Rothstein had been shot in the gut and was dying in horrible pain. True to the underworld code of silence, he refused to help the police by revealing the name of his murderer. In fact, the murder would never be solved. So what were his last words when asked “Who shot you?”
“My mother did it!”
MARIE ANTOINETTE – LAST WORDS
You probably recall that Marie Antoinette was executed in public by means of the guillotine. In her last seconds on this earth, she revealed the dignity of a queen. She inadvertently stepped on the foot of the man who was about to chop off her head. Her last words?
“Monsieur, I beg your pardon.”
LOU COSTELLO – LAST WORDS
At one time the comedy team of Abbott and Costello was the most popular pairing in show business. Lou Costello, 5 foot 5 and portly, always portrayed a childlike persona that endeared him to audiences. There is not unanimous agreement on his last words, but the ones reported are so wonderful that I hope they are true. Some sources claim he said them about an hour before he died. He was in the hospital having survived a heart attack. Friends brought him a strawberry milkshake. Reportedly his last words were:
“That was the best ice-cream soda I ever tasted!”
HUMPHREY BOGART – LAST WORDS
The love affair between Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall sizzled on screen – but that just reflected the love they shared off screen. Bogart wasted away from cancer and was very weak at the end. She cared for him tenderly in his final days. His last words reflect his affection for Baby, as he called Bacall. And if you are a Bogart fan, just close your eyes and you can hear him saying it:
“Goodbye, Kid. Hurry back”
THOMAS EDISON – LAST WORDS
As the great inventor was slipping away, in and out of consciousness, his beloved wife leaned over and asked him, “Are you suffering?” Edison opened his eyes and said:
“No, just waiting. It’s very beautiful over there.”
CHARLIE CHAPLIN – LAST WORDS
Charlie Chaplin was baptized as a Christian but had little use for organized religion throughout his life. He was 88 and dying when the priest leaned over him and said “May the Lord have mercy on your soul.” To which Chaplin replied:
“Why not? After all it belongs to Him.”
I hope you enjoyed these – I’ll be glad to post more if you’d like. And feel free to leave your favorites in the comments section below.