Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The rest is silence

Harpo Marx was born today in 1893. He died on Sept. 28, 1964, after undergoing open-heart surgery. Groucho Marx's son, Arthur, said that Harpo's funeral was the only time he ever saw his father cry.

Harpo's remains were reportedly sprinkled into the sand trap off the seventh fairway of his favorite golf course. In his will, he donated his trademark harp to the nation of Israel.

It was said of him at his funeral that "he believed the best of everybody until he was proven wrong, and even then, he gave them the benefit of the doubt."

True to his character, he had no last words.

Karl Marx, who died ten years before Harpo was born, was asked for some last words on his deathbed.

"Get out!" he said. "Last words are for fools who haven't said enough."