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July 21, 2006

Del Close's skull

Del Close's skull, which he famously willed to the Goodman Theater for use as a prop, is back in the news with a front page article in the Chicago Tribune today expressing doubts as to whether it is actually his skull.

The human skull purported to be Close's has become a legendary prop in Chicago theater and an endearing symbol of his eccentricities and offbeat humor.

But it appears the mythic noggin is nothing more than that: a myth.

"It's not his skull, but the idea behind it is there," said Jeff Griggs, Close's biographer. "The idea should be preserved, if not the actual cranium."

Of Close's friends and colleagues interviewed this week, few said they believed, definitively, that it was Close's skull--only that they would like to believe it is. Some said they never bought the story.

Posted by Fuzzy at July 21, 2006 2:03 PM