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Obituaries and Baths

While researching (ha ha) a future blog post, I stumbled across an obituary that caught my attention. Sally Gray was a popular actress in the UK during the 30s and 40s, but retired when she married the 4th Baron Oranmore and Browne and 2nd Baron Mereworth, and became Lady Oranmore and Browne in 1951.

On September 29, 2006 the Telegraph posted an obituary for Lady Oranmore and Browne. Here’s the last paragraph:

Lady Oranmore and Browne, who died on September 24, continued to enjoy lunching at Simpson’s and Wilton’s. She remained unflappably good-humoured even when she became stuck in her bath.

No! I’m not kidding. I did not make that up. That’s the last line…”became stuck in her bath.” No explanation! No wink wink. No link to further information. Just a “stuck-in-her-bath” final mention as a send off to death. Hello! What type of reporting is that? Clearly, I’m more upset about this than Lady Oranmore and Browne, she’s dead after all, but still. Was this a comment from a disgruntled step-child or distant cousin? Was this a reference to one of her movies? Was this a semi-infamous event from her waning years that was covered by the media but has since fallen off the face of the earth?

As your faithful source of constant amusement and worthless trivia, I spent a few minutes–no more–searching the Internet for more information. Alas, I didn’t really find an answer. In one of her movies, Obsession (1949), Sally Gray plays an unfaithful wife whose husband kills her latest lover. One reference implies the murderous act is an acid bath. That’s the only thing I could find. Somehow it just doesn’t seem to fit with the obit: “She remained unflappably good-humoured even when she became stuck in her bath.”
 
If you have any insight, feel free to share. In the mean time, I’ll remain my anonymous self and die with an obit that’s too small to include the weird stuff!

2 comments to Obituaries and Baths

  • “Lady Oranmore and Browne, who died on September 24, continued to enjoy lunching at Simpson’s and Wilton’s.”
    I like how it sounds like she continued to enjoy dining at Simpson’s and Wilton’s even after her death.

  • Excellent point! LOL! What a poorly written obit.

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