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October 27, 2005

FAME GAME: It pays to be dead


Elvis Presley
You can't take it with you when you die, but "being famous" has a few perks. I thought being part of the lucky sperm club (the son/daughter of a "famous person") meant you can just lay around and cash the checks. "Ah, to dream."

Forbes Magazine listed their annual "Highest-Earning Dead Celebrities list" which raked in a total of $186 million in the last year. Elvis Presley was still the king as the number one earner on that list; I'm going to think that the "younger elvis" (before he got fat) is a reason he sells today.

ROLLING IN THEIR GRAVE: Forbes said, "their estates, earned the money by selling their work--both written and recorded--or just the rights to use their likenesses on T-shirts, posters or in advertisements."

New to the list, thanks to movie biopics, are Musicians Ray Charles and Johnny Cash. I wonder why Tupac and Biggie Smalls are still coming out with albums -- it's sounds so much better when you're dead.

Dead Celebrity "top earner" List 2005:

1. Elvis Presley
2. Charles M.Schulz
3. John Lennon
4. Andy Warhol
5. Theodore "Dr Seuss" Geisel
6. Marlon Brando
7. Marilyn Monroe
8. J.R.R. Tolkien
9. George Harrison
10. Johnny Cash
11. Irving Berlin
12. Bob Marley
13. Ray Charles

By Henry Cruz



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