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It’s a crazy thing going to go look at where someone is buried. If you think about it – what are you looking at? A stone? A few words. I love doing it but I can’t tell you why I do it – except in the case of Tennessee Williams. When it comes to touring the city of St. Louis looking for signs of The Glass Menagerie – going to the place where Williams is buried is a perfect ending to the tour. The play is a memory play – featuring three people – Tennessee, his mother and his sister. And that is exactly what you will see when you find Williams’ grave. He is buried between the two of them.
There is great debate about the death of Tennessee Williams – how he died and then how he was buried the one place he didn’t want to be buried – St. Louis. It’s said he wanted to be thrown off a boat north of Havana in the spot where the poet, Crane Hart, made a suicidal leap from a cruise ship. But I found it comforting that his remains are situated right between the two women who he loved the most in his life and took care of – with his earnings – until their deaths. I got a little emotional standing there between the three of them. I think his brother Dakin Williams did the right thing by bringing Williams home to St. Louis to rest.