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Lipstick Removed from Oscar Wilde’s Grave

Oscar Wilde’s lipstick covered grave

Photo: Brad Elterman/Liaison/ Getty Images

Mouthing off: Oscar Wilde’s lipstick covered grave has gotten a makeover.

Kiss me, I'm Irish? Not anymore, people.

Just in time for the 111th anniversary of Oscar Wilde's death, the famous Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris has scrubbed his grave clean of the red and pink lipstick marks left by the Dublin-born playwright's fans, Reuters reports.

A glass partition now keeps the cream tombstone protected from any puckered pouts, as oils in the lipstick were damaging the stone.

"If they'd kissed it simply without lipstick, we wouldn't have had to do this," Wilde's grandson Merlin Holland told the news agency.

And though the legendary wit could "resist anything but temptation," actor Rupert Everett insists that he wouldn't have been impressed with the lipstick marks marring his grave.

"I think he'd be thrilled that he was still attracting so much attention," said Everett, on hand for the unveiling of the spruced-up tomb.

"I don't think he would like graffiti very much because he loved perfect clothes, perfect houses. I think he'd like his statue to be clean and beautiful."

Now maybe Pere Lachaise—which has also sanitized Jim Morrison's graffiti-laden grave in recent years—can do something about the castrated sculpture perched on Wilde's grave. Surely that's a bit more off-putting than some errant Ruby Woo?

Meanwhile, check out the top Holiday lipstick colors. Just don't get any ideas ...

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