Dorothy Parker

Screenwriter, Poet, Critic
A tart-tongued wit and prolific writer of reviews, poetry, short stories, plays and screenplays, founding member of the famed Algonquin Hotel Round Table Dorothy Parker parlayed her caustic barbs into a successful ... Read more »
Born: 08/22/1891 in West End, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Writer (6)

A Star Is Born 1954 (Movie)

from screenplay (From Story)

Saboteur 1941 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Star Is Born 1936 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Nothing Sacred 1936 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Suzy 1935 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Women & Men: Stories of Seduction (TV Show)

From Story

Biography

A tart-tongued wit and prolific writer of reviews, poetry, short stories, plays and screenplays, founding member of the famed Algonquin Hotel Round Table Dorothy Parker parlayed her caustic barbs into a successful career as a writer in numerous mediums. Troubled and obsessive, Parker was unpredictable and self-destructive, attempting suicide several times in her life, while growing increasingly dependent on alcohol. Still, she remained a prolific writer throughout her career for magazines like Vogue, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Smart Set and LIFE while becoming more politically active in leftist causes. She married actor and writer Alan Campbell, which led to a Hollywood career writing screenplays for "Nothing Sacred" (1937), "A Star Is Born" (1938) and "Saboteur" (1942), while helping to form the Screenwriters Guild, only to find herself blacklisted by 1950 because of her Communist affiliations. She left Hollywood for New York to write plays and a regular book review column for Esquire, though her growing alcoholism hampered her coherence. Though she died quietly in 1967, Parker remained a vital nerve in the cultural zeitgeist whose contributions to literature, film and non-fiction were unparalleled.

Relationships

Edward Pond Parker III

Husband
married in 1917 divorced 1928

Alan Campbell Actor

Husband
married 1934 divorced 1946 remarried 1950 died 1963

EDUCATION

Miss Dana's Boarding School

New Jersey 1907 - 1908

Blessed Sacrament Academy

New Jersey

Milestones

1994

Film bio, "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle," released

1968

West End revue based on her writings, "As Dorothy Parker Once Said..."

1964

Left California and returned to New York

1963

Death of Alan Campbell

1958

Had regular book review column in Esquire

1956

Contributed lyrics for one song for Leonard Bernstein's nusical "Candide"

1955

Collaborated with d'Usseau on play "The Ice Age" but it remained unproduced

1955

Appeared as witness before New York State Legislation Committee investigation into funding of Communist Party

1953

With Arnaud d'Usseau wrote play, "Ladies of the Corridor"; Harold Clurman directed

1950

Remarried Alan Campbell

1950

Named in pamphlet Red Channels as communist sympathizer and is "greylisted"

1949

Her play "The Coast of Illyria" is produced in Dallas; also productions in London and Edinburgh

1946

Divorced Campbell

1939

With Campbell adapted Hungarian play "The Happiest Man" by Miklos Laszlo; unproduced

1937

Helped organize Screenwriters Guild

1937

She and Campbell have successive contracts with Goldwyn, MGM and Columbia

1937

Co-founded Hollywood Anti-Nazi League

1937

Traveled to Spain to report on the civil war for New Masses magazine

1934

Married writer/actor Alan Campbell

1934

She and Campbell go to Hollywood under contract to Paramount

1931

Third suicide attempt

1931

Contributed material to revue "Shoot the Works"

1929

Moved to Hollywood with MGM contract; returned in three months

1928

Divorced husband Parker after years of separation

1927

Book reviewer for The New Yorker

1927

Attended demonstration in Boston in support of convicted anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti

1926

Second suicide attempt

1926

European tour

1925

Member of advisory committee overseeing the founding of The New Yorker magazine by Harold Ross

1924

With George S Kaufman wrote "Business is Business", one act curtain raiser to accompany premiere run of film "Beggars on Horseback"

1924

With Elmer Rice wrote Broadway play "Close Harmony"

1923

Attempted suicide

1922

Collaborated with Robert Benchley on one-act play "Nero" for inclusion in revue "The 49ers/No Siree"

1920

Fired by Vanity Fair

1920

Made drama critic for Ainslee's Magazine; also contributed to magazines Smart Set, Saturday Evening Post, and Life, among others

1919

First meeting of Algonquin Hotel 'round table' group, headed by Alexander Woollcott

1917

Appointed theatre critic for Vanity Fair magazine

1915

Was a writer for Vogue magazine

1914

Worked as pianist for a dance school

1908

Cease formal education at age 15

Born in West End, New Jersey to a Jewish father and British mother

Taught English at California State College

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