Dorothy Parker

Born Aug 22, 1893

Dorothy Parker was an American poet, short story writer, critic and satirist, best known for her wit, wisecracks, and eye for 20th century urban foibles. From a conflicted and unhappy childhood, Parker rose to acclaim, both for her literary output in such venues as The New Yorker and as a founding member of the Algonquin Round Table. Following the breakup of the circle, Parker traveled to Hollywood to pursue screenwriting.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Dorothy Parker.


1893 Birth Born on August 22, 1893.
1898 4 Years Old Her mother died in West End in July 1898, when Parker was a month shy of turning five.
1900 6 Years Old Her father remarried in 1900 to a woman named Eleanor Francis Lewis. … Read More
1903 9 Years Old Her stepmother died in 1903, when Parker was nine. … Read More


1911 17 Years Old She graduated from Miss Dana's School in 1911, at the age of 18.
1913 19 Years Old Following her father's death in 1913, she played piano at a dancing school to earn a living while she worked on her verse.


1914 20 Years Old She sold her first poem to Vanity Fair magazine in 1914 and some months later was hired as an editorial assistant for another Condé Nast magazine, Vogue. … Read More
1917 23 Years Old In 1917, she met and married a Wall Street stockbroker, Edwin Pond Parker II (1893–1933), but they were separated by his army service in World War I. … Read More
1918 24 Years Old Her career took off while she was writing theatre criticism for Vanity Fair, which she began to do in 1918 as a stand-in for the vacationing P. G. Wodehouse. … Read More
1920 26 Years Old Parker's caustic wit as a critic initially proved popular, but she was eventually terminated by Vanity Fair in 1920 after her criticisms began to offend powerful producers too often. … Read More


1925 31 Years Old When Harold Ross founded The New Yorker in 1925, Parker and Benchley were part of a "board of editors" established by Ross to allay concerns of his investors. … Read More
1926 32 Years Old Parker published her first volume of poetry, Enough Rope, in 1926. … Read More
1927 33 Years Old …  Her reviews appeared semi-regularly from 1927 to 1933, were widely read, and were later published in a collection under the name Constant Reader in 1970. … Read More
1928 34 Years Old She eventually separated from her husband, divorcing in 1928, and had a number of affairs. … Read More


1934 40 Years Old In 1934, she married Alan Campbell, an actor with aspirations to become a screenwriter. … Read More
1936 42 Years Old In 1936, she contributed lyrics for the song "I Wished on the Moon", with music by Ralph Rainger. … Read More
1937 43 Years Old With Robert Carson and Campbell, she wrote the script for the 1937 film A Star is Born, for which they were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Writing—Screenplay.
1941 47 Years Old She wrote additional dialogue for The Little Foxes in 1941 and received another Oscar nomination, with Frank Cavett, for 1947's Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman, starring Susan Hayward. … Read More


1944 50 Years Old It was released in the United States in 1944 under the title The Portable Dorothy Parker. … Read More
1949 55 Years Old …  Her final screenplay was The Fan, a 1949 adaptation of Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan, directed by Otto Preminger. Her marriage to Campbell was tempestuous, with tensions exacerbated by Parker's increasing alcohol consumption and Campbell's long-term affair with a married woman while he was in Europe during World War II. They divorced in 1947, then remarried in 1950.
1952 58 Years Old Parker moved back to New York in 1952, living at the Volney residential hotel at 23 East 74th Street on the Upper East Side.


1957 63 Years Old From 1957 to 1962, she wrote book reviews for Esquire, though these pieces were increasingly erratic owing to her continued abuse of alcohol.
1961 67 Years Old She returned to Hollywood in 1961 and reconciled with Campbell. In the next two years, they worked together on a number of unproduced projects. Campbell committed suicide by drug overdose in 1963. … Read More
1967 74 Years Old Parker died on June 7, 1967, of a heart attack at the age of 73. … Read More
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