In Tribute to a Woman's Humor, Actress Joan Hackett's Friends Make An Unusual Grave Decision
That was the quality they remembered when it came time to choose her epitaph. "Joan wouldn't have liked anything overly sentimental," says her former business manager, Dick Smyser. Pals, including Teri Garr, suggested such options as "I'd like a second opinion" and "I did all my own makeup."
The final choice was copied from a pillow Joan hung on her door when she was sleeping (and which was buried with her). Hackett—who according to friends claimed to be five years older than she was so she would look terrific for her age—was serious about getting her beauty sleep. Says Fisher, "She had a ritual: She wore a face mask, cream, rouge on her nose—she used everything but hormones." Says Smyser, "She would look at this and say, 'Perfect.' "
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