Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) was an American columnist, poet, short story writer, critic and satirist, well known for her wit and writing skills. She was a journalist for The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Esquire and Vogue.
She was an amazing woman and a co-founder of the Screenwriter's Guild in Hollywood, won the O'Henry award for best short story (The Big Blonde in 1929) and was a member of the literary group called the Algonquin Hotel Round Table or The Vicious Circle. Most of the members of the group met daily for lunch at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City from 1919 to 1929.
The conversations were apparently rousing and full of wit and vitriol. When Groucho Marx was invited to join the group he quipped, "The price of admission to the Algonquin round table is a serpent's tongue and a half-concealed stiletto."
Two movies on the vicious circle were produced; "The Ten Year Lunch(1987)" and "Mrs. Parker and The Vicious Circle(1994)." I have seen these entertaining productions.
Selected quotes by Dorothy Parker:
"I'm never going to be famous. I don't do anything, not a single thing. I used to bite my nails, but I don't even do that anymore."
"Brevity is the soul of lingerie."
"Women and elephants never forget."
"I require three things from a man. He must be handsome, ruthless and stupid."
"Now look baby, union is a five letter word; not a four letter word."
"I don't care what they say about me as long as it isn't true."
"You can lead a horticulture, but you can't make her think."
"She ran the gamut of emotions from A to B in her performance."
"Robert Benchley and I had an office so tiny that if it were an inch smaller it would have been adultery."
That woman can speak eighteen languages, and can't say no in any of them.
"That would be a good thing to put on my tombstone: Wherever she went, including here, it was against her better judgement."
What a woman. A fun date for sure.