Acclaimed vaudeville icon and early comedian W.C. Fields
died on Christmas Day, 1946 — living up to his hard-drinking legend by passing from cirrhosis of the liver ! Fields conveyed his love for alcohol to Gloria Jean
in Never Give a Sucker an Even Break
with a memorable quote: "I was in love with a beautiful blonde once, dear. She drove me to drink. That's the one thing I am indebted to her for."