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Dorothy Parker

  • Birth 22 Aug 1893 West End, Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA
  • Death 7 Jun 1967 Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Burial Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
  • Memorial ID 3040

Poet, Critic and Screenwriter. Began her career as a writer of short stories and poems. Joined the staff of Vanity Fair in 1917. Born Dorothy Rothschild, she married Edward "Eddie" Pond Parker II who returned from World War I with a serious drinking problem. They separated and later divorced. Became one of the founding members of the Algonquin Hotel "Round Table". In 1929 won the national O. Henry Prize for her short story, "Big Blonde". Married Alan Campbell and they moved to Hollywood to write screenplays. Together they received screenplay credit for a number of films including "A Star Is Born" (1937), which was nominated for an Academy Award. She divorced Campbell and later remarried him and stayed with him until his death in 1963. Parker suffered from poor health due to heavy drinking and died alone in 1967 at the age of seventy-three. She left her estate to Dr. Martin Luther King and the NAACP. She also left her ashes to her friend Lillian Hellman who never claimed them. She had a quick wit and was noted for biting personal quotes such as "If you don't have something nice to say about someone, sit next to me" and "The best way to keep children at home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant, and let the air out of the tires". After George Oppenheimer and Ruth Gordon each wrote plays with characters based on Dorothy Parker in them, she wrote, "I wanted to write my autobiography, but now I'm afraid to. George and Ruth would sue me for plagiarism." In August of 1992, she was honored with a US commerative postage stamp in the Literary Arts series. Cause of death: heart attack.

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  • Added: 8 Jun 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3040
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dorothy Parker (22 Aug 1893–7 Jun 1967), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3040, citing Dorothy Parker Memorial Garden, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .