CODA: W. C. Fields (1880-1946)


His last words were:

“G– d— the whole friggin’ world and everyone in it but you, Carlotta.”

W. C. Fields was a vaudeville comedian who became a big star in movies like Never Give a Sucker an Even Break. Fields, who drank heavier in real life than in his movies–allegedly up to 2 quarts of martinis each day, developed cirrhosis as well as severe kidney and stomach problems. Even after entering a Pasadena sanitarium to dry out, he continued to drink two bottles of gin–smuggled to him by friends–each day. He woke on Christmas morning in excruciating pain caused by a massive and untreatable stomach hemorrhage. Just before he died, he spoke his last words to his long-time mistress, Carlotta Marti.

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