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According to the 19-page will, obtained by E! News, Houston left her clothing, jewelry, cars, furniture and all personal effects to her lone child. A trust will be set up for 19-year-old Bobbi Kristina, and she be allowed access to some of the money when she's 21, a little more when she's 25 and then the rest at age 30.
In a piece originally published in 2010, we look at other notable last wishes—wishes that defined these celebrity lives:
1. Michael Jackson Enlists Diana Ross: Some parents, like Jackson, ask friends to take care of their young children in the event of their deaths. In the case of the pop star, who died in 2009, his friend just happened to be the supreme Supreme.
2. Star Trek Creator Blasts Off (And Off…): One year after Gene Roddenberry died, the galaxy-gazing producer's ashes took a ride on the space shuttle Columbia—and they didn't stop there. In 1997, they went into orbit along with the ashes of LSD guru Timothy Leary. Roddenberry's remains are due to go up again in 2014, this time with those of his widow, Majel Barrett, who died in 2008, and James Doohan, Star Trek's engineer Scott, who passed away in 2005.
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3. Let's Party! Even in death, Broadway great (Chicago) and filmmaker (All That Jazz) Bob Fosse was a live wire. After his passing in 1987, nearly 70 Fosse friends, from Liza Minnelli to Dustin Hoffman, were bequeathed a collective $25,000 "to go out and have dinner on me." After Janis Joplin's 1970 death, the rock singer's estate set aside $2,500 for about 200 pals to rock out to the Grateful Dead. As the invitations put it: "The drinks are on Pearl."
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4. Dorothy Parker's Unexpected Gift: A Hollywood screenwriter (A Star Is Born) and famed quipmeister, Parker, upon her death in 1967, left her estate to Martin Luther King Jr., whom she had never met. At the time, King said he wasn't touched by the financial windfall—he came into about $10,000—he was touched that Parker was "so committed to the civil-rights movement that whatever she had she offered to it." After King's own death a year later, the estate, per Parker's request, came under the control of the NAACP.
5. Oliver Reed Lives the Dream: When the hard-drinking star of Gladiator and Tommy died in a Malta pub in 1999, the actor pretty much fulfilled his "ambition," per a friend. Technically, Reed had wanted to die at his favorite pub in Ireland, and not one in the Mediterranean, but still, pretty close.
(Originally published Dec. 4, 2010, at 5:09 p.m. PT)