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Dorothy Parker

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Little Foxes (1941)
  • Lowest Rated: 83% Saboteur (1942)
  • Birthday: Not Available
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  • Satirical writer, essayist, and critic, Dorothy Rothschild Parker is well-known for her unmatched wit and conversational skills. As a book reviewer, she can be quoted with such gems as "This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force." At the age of 24, she became a staff writer for Vanity Fair as a drama critic, then made regular contributions to Ainslees, Life, and The New Yorker. While her husband, Edwin Parker, was stationed overseas, she met with other writers for drinking and socializing at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City, a group which came to be known as the Algonquin Round Table. During this time she worked as a freelance writer, drank heavily, and made several suicide attempts. In 1933 she moved to California and wrote screenplays with her second husband, Alan Campbell. Mostly standard Hollywood formula scripts for Paramount and MGM, Parker found the work unrewarding but the compensation plentiful. She helped organize the Screenwriter's Guild and was nominated for an Academy award in 1937 for A Star Is Born, which was remade in 1954 with Judy Garland. She also penned the adaptation of Lillian Hellman's play The Little Foxes, filmed in 1941 with Bette Davis. She received another Oscar nomination in 1948 for Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman, starring Susan Hayward. In 1949, she and many of her fellow writers were blacklisted in Hollywood and made to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Unable to work in California, she moved back to the East Coast and wrote for Esquire until her death in 1967.

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No Score Yet The Fan Screenwriter 1950
83% Saboteur Screenwriter 1942
No Score Yet Weekend for Three (Week-End for Three) Screenwriter 1941
100% The Little Foxes Screenwriter 1941
No Score Yet Trade Winds Screenwriter 1938
No Score Yet Sweethearts Screenwriter 1938
No Score Yet Woman Chases Man Screenwriter 1937
100% A Star Is Born Screenwriter 1937
No Score Yet Suzy Screenwriter 1936
No Score Yet The Moon's Our Home Screenwriter 1936

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