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Overview (5)

Born in Long Branch, New Jersey, USA
Died in New York City, New York, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameDorothy Rothschild
Nickname Dottie
Height 4' 11" (1.5 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Dorothy Rothschild was born on August 22, 1893 into a family of comfortable financial means. Raised by her father and Stepmother after her mother's death, she was given an excellent education for the times. Highly intelligent, she pursued a career after her formal education and proved herself to be one of the early feminists. She started writing poems early and her witty remarks are still alive today. In 1917 she was asked to join the staff at Vanity Fair magazine and to marry Edward Pond Parker II, both of which she agreed to gladly. Eddie Parker soon was stationed overseas and Dorothy became one of the founding members of the Algonquin Hotel "Round Table". Eddie arrived back from the war with an unfortunate drinking problem, and Dorothy decided she loved her new life more than she did him. They were separated far more than together and divorced in 1928. She spent a very dramatic period of time in New York City, doing theater reviews, spending time with her Algonquin friends, drinking far too much. She published poems and short stories and in 1929 won the national O. Henry Prize for the short story "Big Blonde". This established her as a serious writer. She married Alan Campbell when she was forty and he was twenty-nine. He encouraged her to go Hollywood where they became a very successful screenwriting team. Beginning in 1933 they received screen credits for fifteen films, most notably A Star Is Born (1937) which was nominated for an Academy Award. The time spent in Hollywood were the most lucrative years of her career, yet she spent every dime of it. She divorced and remarried Alan Campbell and in 1963 he died. She spent her last years in New York City, in very poor health due to heavy drinking and making do on very little money. Often, she would have to call on friends like Lillian Hellman to help her financially. Dorothy Parker died in 1967 at seventy-three years old in her New York hotel room, all alone. Time magazine devoted an entire page to her obituary, which was considered an amazing tribute. Her estate was left in full to Martin Luther King and the NAACP.

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Spouse (3)

Alan Campbell (17 August 1950 - 14 June 1963) ( his death)
Alan Campbell (October 1933 - 1947) ( divorced)
Edwin Pond Parker II (1917 - 1928) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (1)

Sharp, sardonic wit

Trivia (21)

Left most of her estate to Martin Luther King. Left her ashes to Lillian Hellman who never claimed them.
At a low point in her finances, a friend interceded with John Gilbert, who graciously sent $2,000. Then, when his career was on the wane, he inquired if it might be possible to collect on some of the loans he'd made. Dorothy sent a check and in return received red roses with a note, "Thank you, Miss Finland" (Finland was the only country that had paid its war debt to the U.S. after World War I).
After her death, some of her ashes were scattered at a specially designed memorial garden at the NAACP headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Attempted suicide many times during her life.
Pictured on a 29¢ US commemorative postage stamp in the Literary Arts series, issued 22 August 1992.
Dorothy's uncle, Martin Rothschild, and his wife Lizzie, were aboard the Titanic in 1912. Lizzie survived, but Martin Rothschild did not. Martin's death was particularly hard for Dorothy's father, Henry Rothschild, and he died shortly thereafter in 1913.
In 1922 she had an affair with the emerging playwright Charles MacArthur, who it turned out was having multiple affairs with other women.
Subject of the song "Be My Dorothy Parker" by The Shots of Perspective.
She is nominated for the 2008 New Jersey Hall of Fame for her services and contributions to literature.
Profiled in book "Funny Ladies" by Stephen M. Silverman. [1999]
She was nominated for the 2012 New Jersey Hall of Fame for her contributions in the General Category.
She was nominated for a 2013 New Jersey Hall of Fame in the General Category.
She was inducted into the 2014 New Jersey Hall of Fame in the Arts and Letters Category.
She was blacklisted in Hollywood in the 1950s for alleged communist sympathies.
She lived alone for the last four years of her life, having no family of her own. She believed herself to be penniless at the end of her life, but, after her death, it was discovered that she had about $20,000 in a savings account which she had completely forgotten about. She left all her money to a man she greatly admired but had never met - Martin Luther king, who was murdered less than a year after her death.
Father: J. Henry Rothschild; Mother: Eliza A. Marston.
A lifelong liberal activist and vocal supporter of civil liberties who loathed the process of actually writing anything, Parker spent much of her adult life simultaneously basking in her reputation as one of America's foremost wits, and struggling to pay for her most basic needs. As a result, she was a frequent house guest in the homes of indulgent and supportive fellow authors and friends.
A self-indulgent and difficult-to-get-along-with alcoholic, Parker went through several failed marriages (and subsequent divorces) in her lifetime. Her one consistent source of companionship was a series of pet dachshund dogs, none of whom she ever trained to be housebroken.
A gentle soul blessed with one of America's most acid-tongued wits, Parker was a fiercely loyal friend and, despite her reputation for personal put-downs, rarely insulted anyone to their face.
Among Parker's best remembered witticisms was her remark upon being told that President Calvin Coolidge (known for being one of America's foremost stuffed shirts) had died. Her only question: "How could they tell?".
One of the games Parker and her witty friends indulged in while sitting at The Algonquin Round Table was one requiring each of them to come up with facetious definitions for big words. Among Parker's best was her pun on "horticulture": You can lead a "horticulture," but you can't make her think.

Personal Quotes (27)

Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses.
Once in her long-running feud with Clare Boothe Luce, Mrs. Luce held the door open for Mrs. Parker to walk through and said, "Age before beauty." Mrs. Parker walked through and said, "Pearls before swine." Another time, when told that Mrs. Luce was kind to her inferiors, she said, "And where does she find them?"
If all the girls who attended the Yale prom were laid end-to-end, I wouldn't be a bit surprised.
Reviewing Katharine Hepburn on Broadway: "She runs the gamut of emotions from A to B."
The only '-ism' Hollywood believes in is plagiarism.
After George Oppenheimer and Ruth Gordon each wrote plays with characters based on Mrs. Parker in them, she wrote, "I wanted to write my autobiography, but now I'm afraid to. George Oppenheimer and Ruth Gordon would sue me for plagiarism."
Time wounds all heels.
I'd like to have money. And I'd like to be a good writer. These two can come together, and I hope they will, but if that's too adorable, I'd rather have money.
Sorrow is tranquility remembered in emotion.
(In 1955) "Hollywood money isn't money. It's congealed snow, melts in your hand, and there you are."
The best way to keep children at home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant, and let the air out of the tires.
One more drink and I'll be under the the table, two more drinks and I'll be under the host.
Brevity is the soul of lingerie.
Scratch an actor - and you'll find an actress.
Upon being told that former US President Calvin Coolidge (known as "Silent Cal" for being very tight-lipped) had died, she quipped, "How can they tell?"
He and I had an office so tiny that an inch smaller and it would have been adultery.
Excuse me, I have to use the toilet. Actually, I have to use the telephone, but I'm too embarrassed to say so.
Hollywood money isn't money. It's congealed snow.
[on Basil Rathbone] Two profiles pasted together.
People ought to be one of two things, young or dead.
On truth: Wit has truth in it; wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words.
[on children] The best way to keep children at home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant--and let the air out of the tires.
[on actress Marion Davies] She has two expressions: joy and indigestion.
[on actress Dame Edith Evans] To me, Edith looks like something that would eat its young.
I like to have a martini/Two at the very most/After three I'm under the table/After four I'm under my host.
Of course I talk to myself. I like a good speaker, and I appreciate an intelligent audience.
The first thing I do in the morning is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue.

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