spending my morning on wikipedia. i've been reading about kenneth anger, donald cammell, and various underground hollywood directors. i ended up on the wiki for lupe velez and recalled hearing her story before. i couldn't remember if it was a film or tv show, so i searched on google and found it. it was "frazier" of all things!
anyways, i always loved this bit of dialog.....
Roz: What's eating you?
Frasier: Oh, I'm sorry. It's just this thing with my father and this,
this person he wants to hire. I thought I'd started my life
with a clean slate. I had picture of what it was going to
be like, and then, I don't know...
Roz: Ever heard of Lupe Velez?
Roz: Lupe Velez - the movie star in the '30s. Well, her career
hit the skids, so she decided she'd make one final stab at
immortality. She figured if she couldn't be remembered for
her movies, she'd be remembered for the way she died. And
all Lupe wanted was to be remembered. So, she plans this
lavish suicide - flowers, candles, silk sheets, white satin
gown, full hair and makeup, the works. She takes the
overdose of pills, lays on the bed, and imagines how
beautiful she's going to look on the front page of
tomorrow's newspaper. Unfortunately, the pills don't sit
well with the enchilada combo plate she sadly chose as her
last meal. She stumbles to the bathroom, trips and goes
head-first into the toilet, and that's how they found her.
Frasier: Is there a reason you're telling me this story?
Roz: Yes. Even though things may not happen like we planned,
they can work out anyway.
Frasier: Remind me again how it worked for Lupe, last seen with her
head in the toilet?
Roz: All she wanted was to be remembered.
Will you ever forget that story?