Dorothy Parker
American writer
Dorothy Parker
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.
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Holme Valley district news - Huddersfield Examiner
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Lessons were read by Alison Wise and the chalice was administered by Dorothy Parker. Hymns and songs were sung to the accompaniment of recorded music. At Holmfirth Methodist Church the service was conducted by Nicholas Martin
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East Lynne Theater Company Presents Special Matinee of Dorothy Parker 9/3 - Broadway World
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Due to the number of patrons who could not see the award-winning Equity professional production of "The World of Dorothy Parker" this past weekend, and the number of pre-sold tickets for the final week, an additional performance has been added on
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What's the sexiest crap car? - Jalopnik
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Dorothy Parker said, "beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone." What's the sexiest crap car? I think there's no more attractive shitbox than the Giovanni Michelotti-designed Triumph GT 6. And watching a herd of them spitfiring around
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Barbara D. Mead - The Star Democrat
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She was the wife of Charles F. Mead of Chester; daughter of Dorothy Parker of Easton and Anthony Drummond of Chester; stepdaughter of Fred Parker of Easton; step-mother of Heather M. Jack of Ashland, Mass., and Christopher C. Mead of Alexandria, Va.;
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August 22 Famous Birthdays: Kristen Wiig, Ty Burrell, Dorothy Parker (PHOTOS) - Huffington Post
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In a world with nearly 7 billion people, chances are someone famous is celebrating their birthday today. And indeed: Kristen Wiig, Ty Burrell, and more will all be blowing out candles today. Will it be your favorite TV personality?
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Our Favorite Lines from Dorothy Parker's Most Scathing Reviews - Flavorwire
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Dorthy Parker was born on this day in 1893 at a beach cottage in Long Branch, New Jersey, and was raised at 214 West 72nd Street in Manhattan. Before she died, she suggested “excuse my dust” as her epitaph. When she passed away on June 7, 1967,
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'World of Dorothy Parker' runs through September - Shore News Today
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Photo credit: Gayle Stahlhuth Megan McDermott, Drew Seltzer, Suzanne Dawson and John Cameron Weber dance in a scene from the East Lynne Theater Company production 'The World of Dorothy Parker.' The Equity professional East Lynne Theater Company is
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Shore's gals of summer - Philadelphia Inquirer
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"They sicken of the calm, who knew the storm," Dorothy Parker once wrote, of the enticing spell cast by excitement. Well, I bet the cast and creative team of The World of Dorothy Parker are pretty sick of the storm. A little more than a week ago,
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East Lynne presents “World of Dorothy Parker” - Shore News Today
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CAPE MAY -- The East Lynne Theater Company plans to present a world premiere based on the works of Dorothy Parker. Titled "The World of Dorothy Parker," it is adapted and directed by Gayle Stahlhuth, and runs Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:30 pm
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Vendors maintain farmers market tradition from '50s - Jackson Clarion Ledger
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On a steamy, breeze-starved weekday morning, 63-year-old Dorothy Parker and her mother, Bea Hilderbrand, have traveled from Yazoo County to pick up a few things from Berry and Langham. "Let's see," Parker says, glancing at several bags on the backseat
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Sentence of the Week, Telegram Edition - New York Times (blog)
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(Dorothy Parker, in a telegram to her editor) F. “There are not 10 people with a really good laugh in their systems in a whole evening on a roof garden.” (Djuna Barnes) Barnes wrote this in 1914, when roof-garden parties were in vogue among the upper
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Vendors maintain farmers market tradition from '50s - Jackson Clarion Ledger
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On a steamy, breeze-starved weekday morning, 63-year-old Dorothy Parker and her mother, Bea Hilderbrand, have traveled from Yazoo County to pick up a few things from Berry and Langham. "Let's see," Parker says, glancing at several bags on the backseat
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The chilvarous side of life - Canada.com
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I am mindful of the time Clare Booth Luce collided with her rival, Dorothy Parker, in a doorway. Ms. Luce stepped to one side and hissed "Age before beauty." Sweeping through the doorway, Parker purred over her shoulder, "Pearls before swine."
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This Dorothy Parker Telegram from 1945 Brightens Our Day - The Atlantic Wire
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The good news is, 20th century lady of letters Dorothy Parker did too. Only her drab days were much, much worse. Correspondence blog Letters of Note unearthed this 1945 telegram Parker sent to her editor Pascal Covici
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BOOKSHELF; An Era When the City Roared
NYTimes - over 5 years
''NEW YORK is now, as it has been since the 1850s, a global city, the archetype city of everyone's future,'' the novelist E. L. Doctorow wrote a decade ago. It's arguable, though, exactly if, and when, the city also became capital of the world and whether it still is. Nonetheless, David Wallace makes a compelling and appealing case in ''Capital of
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Women And The Blacklist - The Jewish Week
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In Julie S. Halpern's new play, “Diminished Fifth,” two women with Jewish roots, writers Lillian Hellman (Stacey Scotte) and Dorothy Parker (Jacquelyn Poplar), along with three non-Jewish women, broadcaster Jean Muir (Mary McGloin), actress Margaret
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Guest post: Why Means Testing Social Security Benefits Is More Trouble Than ... - Business Insider
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This idea isn't worth the paper it's rotten on (as Dorothy Parker once said about someone else's screen play). The short and long of it is that it costs more to means test benefits than to pay SS benefits without regard to the beneficiary's income and
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NRP rehearsing for July production - Middleboro Gazette
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MIDDLEBORO — Rehearsals are underway for Nemasket River Productions' summer show, "Dorothy Parker on Love," a series of short stories adapted for the stage by Pamela Lambert (who is also the director of this brightly entertaining show
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dorothy Parker
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1967
    Age 73
    Parker died on June 7, 1967, of a heart attack at the age of 73.
    More Details Hide Details In her will, she bequeathed her estate to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Following King's death, her estate was passed on to the NAACP. Her executor, Lillian Hellman, bitterly but unsuccessfully contested this disposition. Her ashes remained unclaimed in various places, including her attorney Paul O'Dwyer's filing cabinet, for approximately 17 years. In 1988, the NAACP claimed Parker's remains and designed a memorial garden for them outside their Baltimore headquarters. The plaque reads, On August 22, 1992, the 99th anniversary of Parker's birth, the United States Postal Service issued a 29¢ U.S. commemorative postage stamp in the Literary Arts series. The Algonquin Round Table, as well as the number of other literary and theatrical greats who lodged there, helped earn the Algonquin Hotel its status as a New York City Historic Landmark. The hotel was so designated in 1987. In 1996 the hotel was designated a National Literary Landmark by the Friends of Libraries USA based on the contributions of Parker and other members of the Round Table. The organization's bronze plaque is attached to the front of the hotel. Her birthplace was also designated a National Literary Landmark by Friends of Libraries USA in 2005 and a bronze plaque marks the spot where the home once stood.
  • 1961
    Age 67
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Following Campbell's death, Parker returned to New York City and the Volney residential hotel. Think who was writing in those days—Lardner, Fitzgerald, Faulkner and Hemingway. Those were the real giants. The Round Table was just a lot of people telling jokes and telling each other how good they were. Just a bunch of loudmouths showing off, saving their gags for days, waiting for a chance to spring them... There was no truth in anything they said. It was the terrible day of the wisecrack, so there didn't have to be any truth Parker was heard occasionally on radio, including Information Please (as a guest) and Author, Author (as a regular panelist). She wrote for the Columbia Workshop, and both Ilka Chase and Tallulah Bankhead used her material for radio monologues.
  • 1957
    Age 63
    From 1957 to 1962, she wrote book reviews for Esquire, though these pieces were increasingly erratic owing to her continued abuse of alcohol.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1952
    Age 58
    Parker moved back to New York in 1952, living at the Volney residential hotel at 23 East 74th Street on the Upper East Side.
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  • 1949
    Age 55
    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.
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  • 1944
    Age 50
    It was released in the United States in 1944 under the title The Portable Dorothy Parker.
    More Details Hide Details Parker's is one of only three of the Portable series (the other two being William Shakespeare and The Bible) to remain continuously in print. During the 1930s and 1940s, Parker became an increasingly vocal advocate of causes like civil liberties and civil rights, and a frequent critic of those in authority. She reported on the Loyalist cause in Spain for the Communist magazine The New Masses in 1937. At the behest of Otto Katz, a covert Soviet Comintern agent and operative of German Communist Party agent Willi Muenzenberg, Parker helped to found the Hollywood Anti-Nazi League in 1936 (which was suspected by the FBI of being a Communist Party front). The Hollywood Anti-Nazi League's membership eventually grew to some 4,000 strong. Its often wealthy members' contributions (probably not intended to support Communism) were, in the words of David Caute, "able to contribute as much to Communist Party funds as the whole American working class".
  • FORTIES
  • 1941
    Age 47
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After the United States entered the Second World War, Parker and Alexander Woollcott collaborated to produce an anthology of her work as part of a series published by Viking Press for servicemen stationed overseas. With an introduction by Somerset Maugham the volume compiled over two dozen of Parker's short stories along with selected poems from Enough Rope, Sunset Gun, and Death and Taxes.
  • 1937
    Age 43
    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.
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  • 1936
    Age 42
    In 1936, she contributed lyrics for the song "I Wished on the Moon", with music by Ralph Rainger.
    More Details Hide Details The song was introduced in The Big Broadcast of 1936 by Bing Crosby.
  • 1934
    Age 40
    In 1934, she married Alan Campbell, an actor with aspirations to become a screenwriter.
    More Details Hide Details Like Parker, he was half-Jewish and half-Scottish. He was reputed to be bisexual—indeed, Parker claimed in public that he was "queer as a billy goat". The pair moved to Hollywood and signed ten-week contracts with Paramount Pictures, with Campbell (who was also expected to act) earning $250 per week and Parker earning $1,000 per week. They would eventually earn $2,000 and in some instances upwards of $5,000 per week as freelancers for various studios. She and Campbell worked on more than 15 films.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1928
    Age 34
    She eventually separated from her husband, divorcing in 1928, and had a number of affairs.
    More Details Hide Details Her lovers included reporter-turned-playwright Charles MacArthur and the publisher Seward Collins. Her relationship with MacArthur resulted in a pregnancy, about which Parker is alleged to have remarked, "how like me, to put all my eggs into one bastard." She had an abortion, and fell into a depression that culminated in her first attempt at suicide. It was toward the end of this period that Parker began to become politically aware and active. What would become a lifelong commitment to activism began in 1927 with the pending executions of Sacco and Vanzetti. Parker travelled to Boston to protest the proceedings. She and fellow Round Tabler Ruth Hale were arrested, and Parker eventually pleaded guilty to a charge of "loitering and sauntering", paying a $5 fine. Parker was claimed to be a patron of Polly Adler bordello or brothel in New York.
  • 1927
    Age 33
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Her best-known short story, "Big Blonde", published in The Bookman magazine, was awarded the O. Henry Award as the best short story of 1929. Her short stories, though often witty, were also spare and incisive, and more bittersweet than comic.
  • 1926
    Age 32
    Parker published her first volume of poetry, Enough Rope, in 1926.
    More Details Hide Details The collection sold 47,000 copies and garnered impressive reviews. The Nation described her verse as "caked with a salty humor, rough with splinters of disillusion, and tarred with a bright black authenticity". Although some critics, notably the New York Times reviewer, dismissed her work as "flapper verse", the volume helped cement Parker's reputation for sparkling wit. Parker released two more volumes of verse, Sunset Gun (1928) and Death and Taxes (1931), along with the short story collections Laments for the Living (1930) and After Such Pleasures (1933). Not So Deep as a Well (1936) collected much of the material previously published in Rope, Gun and Death and she re-released her fiction with a few new pieces in 1939 under the title Here Lies. She collaborated with playwright Elmer Rice to create Close Harmony, which ran on Broadway in December 1924. The play was well received in out-of-town previews and was favorably reviewed in New York but closed after a run of just 24 performances. It did, however, become a successful touring production under the title The Lady Next Door.
  • 1925
    Age 31
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Parker's first piece for the magazine appeared in its second issue. Parker became famous for her short, viciously humorous poems, many about the perceived ludicrousness of her many (largely unsuccessful) romantic affairs and others wistfully considering the appeal of suicide. The next 15 years were Parker's greatest period of productivity and success. In the 1920s alone she published some 300 poems and free verses in Vanity Fair, Vogue, "The Conning Tower" and The New Yorker as well as Life, McCall's and The New Republic.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1920
    Age 26
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In solidarity, both Benchley and Sherwood resigned in protest.
  • 1918
    Age 24
    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.
    More Details Hide Details At the magazine, she met Robert Benchley, who became a close friend, and Robert E. Sherwood. The trio began lunching at the Algonquin Hotel on a near-daily basis and became founding members of the Algonquin Round Table. The Round Table numbered among its members the newspaper columnists Franklin Pierce Adams and Alexander Woollcott. Through their re-printing of her lunchtime remarks and short verses, particularly in Adams' column "The Conning Tower", Dorothy began developing a national reputation as a wit. One of her most famous comments was made when the group was informed that famously taciturn former president Calvin Coolidge had died; Parker remarked, "How could they tell?"
  • 1917
    Age 23
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She had ambivalent feelings about her Jewish heritage given the strong antisemitism of that era and joked that she married to escape her name.
  • 1914
    Age 20
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She moved to Vanity Fair as a staff writer after two years at Vogue.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1913
    Age 19
    Following her father's death in 1913, she played piano at a dancing school to earn a living while she worked on her verse.
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  • 1911
    Age 17
    She graduated from Miss Dana's School in 1911, at the age of 18.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1903
    Age 9
    Her stepmother died in 1903, when Parker was nine.
    More Details Hide Details Parker later went to Miss Dana's School, a finishing school in Morristown, New Jersey.
  • 1900
    Age 6
    Her father remarried in 1900 to a woman named Eleanor Francis Lewis.
    More Details Hide Details Parker hated her father and stepmother, accusing her father of being physically abusive and refusing to call Eleanor either "mother" or "stepmother", instead referring to her as "the housekeeper". She grew up on the Upper West Side and attended a Roman Catholic elementary school at the Convent of the Blessed Sacrament on West 79th Street with sister Helen, despite having a Jewish father and Protestant stepmother. (Mercedes de Acosta was a classmate.) Parker once joked that she was asked to leave following her characterization of the Immaculate Conception as "spontaneous combustion".
  • 1898
    Age 4
    Her mother died in West End in July 1898, when Parker was a month shy of turning five.
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  • 1893
    Born
    Born on August 22, 1893.
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