Oscar Wilde's lipstick-covered tomb cleaned up

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PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 30:  Journalist Merlin Holland, Oscar Wilde's only grandson, attends the unveiling of the newly renovated and protected tombstone of Oscar Wilde on the 111th anniversary Of the writer's death at Cimetierre du Pere Lachaise on November 30, 2011 in Paris, France. The tombstone has now been renovated and has a protective glass barrier erected in a joint effort by French and Irish government. Adoring fans and tourists have tradionally kissed the Jacob Epstein sculpted tombstone, with their lipstick and grease residue corroding the surface of the tomb over the years.  (Photo by Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images)
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Oscar Wilde's 111th Death Anniversary - Unveiling of The Newly Renovated Tombstone

PARIS (AP) — Actor Rupert Everett and Oscar Wilde's grandson have unveiled a makeover of the writer's gravesite on the 111th anniversary of his death.

Everett, who is writing about the poet's life, spoke at a podium Wednesday bearing a poster of the pre-renovation tomb covered in notes and lipstick at Paris' famed Pere Lachaise cemetery.

The tomb had become such a well-loved pilgrimage site — and had been so well-kissed — that it needed renovation. A glass screen now separates visitors from the stone itself.

Everett hailed Wilde's "force" and the "amazing trajectory of his life."

Grandson Merlin Holland said his grandfather "would be incredibly touched by all the attention. After all he was sent out of England in 1897 a bankrupt, a homosexual and a convict ... and the French took him to their hearts."