Alexander Woollcott & Dorothy Parker

Alexander Humphreys Woollcott (January 19, 1887 – January 23, 1943) was an American critic and commentator for The New Yorker magazine and a member of the Algonquin Round Table. Dorothy Parker (August 22, 1893 – June 7, 1967) was an American poet, short story writer, critic and satirist, best known for her wit, wisecracks, and eye for 20th century urban foibles. 5.0/5

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Quote of the day: (Sixfer... on acting) "It is the most minor of gifts and not a very high-class way to earn a living. After all, Shirley Temple could do it at the age of four." Katharine Hepburn "Scratch an actor--and you'll find an actress." Dorothy Parker "Disney, of course has the best casting. If he doesn't like an actor, he just tears him up." Alfred Hitchcock "You can pick out actors by the glazed look that comes into their eyes when the conversation wanders away from themselves." Michael Wilding "Some of the greatest love affairs I've known have involved one actor--unassisted." Wilson Mizner "The scenery in the play was beautiful, but the actors got in front of it." Alexander Woollcott
He? It’s Harold Ross’s 121st birthday: like all the stories about him – how Alexander Woollcott once said that he ‘looked like a dishonest Abe Lincoln’; how Franklin P Adams, after a holiday in the mountains, was asked what Ross looked like tobogganing, and replied,’ Well, you know what Ross looks like not tobogganing’; how he got Nabokov to change the second ‘the’ in the phrase ‘the click of the nutcracker being passed’ to ‘a’; and all the rest. writers he attracted to the New Yorker – Thurber, EB White, Joe Mitchell, Perelman, Dorothy Parker, Janet Flanner, Benchley, John O’Hara, not to mention Salinger and Nabokov and Shirley Jackson and Edmund Wilson and Dwight Macdonald and the rest – still comprise an almost unbelievable set of exalted and varied talents. One of my favourite sentences from Thurber’s The Years With Ross, a book I first read fifty years ago and re-read every few years: ‘He read the Oxford English Dictionary the way other men read fiction.’ A dozen ...
First, let me say that Dorothy Parker wrote the best reviews (in my opinion.) BUT, this one is a "Beaut" written by Alexander Woollcott. (reviewing a play that just opened)."Number Seven opened last night at the Times Square Theatre. It was misnamed by five."
This is for all you Dorothy Parker fans: Alexander Woollcott leased an island in the middle of a lake near Bomoseen, Vermont. He would always invite the other members of the "Round Table" to spend weekends and holidays. Dorothy Parker arrived one weekend carrying a large hatbox. In it was a lady's garden hat. Mrs. Parker, who had an excellent figure, wore the hat and nothing else for the entire weekend.
Hey everyone--It started out as a majorly trying week but improved greatly at the end. Picked up more library books today. Read the first book of a new series--The Algonquin Round Table Mysteries by J J Murphy. The book is titled Kill Your Darlings and involves the members of the literary elite of the 1920's--Dorothy Parker, Alexander Woollcott, Robert Benchley, etc. Includes a lot of their bon mots--and just plain mots. Don't know whether I thought was witty or contrived, though. Have also been reading some Max Allan Collins--my favorite writer from Muscatine, Iowa--he wrote the graphic novel Road to Perdition that the Tom Hanks film was based on. Really, if you get the chance, read his latest in the Nate Heller series Bye, Bye Baby--it is about the death of Marilyn Monroe. His next one, Target Lancer, about JFK, is out this fall--CANNOT WAIT!! Am reading a book about criminal profiling now. I just finished a Criminal Minds novel by Max Allan Collins--Killer Profile. If you are a fan of Crimin ...
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