Dorothy Parker arriving with husband Alan Campbell in 1936 – looks like it was a bumpy flight:

The pair were under contract to Paramount. She to write and he to write and act. Dorothy Parker, Alan Campbell, and Robert Carson collaborated on the screenplay, “A Star is Born” (1937).


  1. I am not sure about the hat…. BUT the coat if Fabulous!
    didn’t Ms. Parker say something about leading a whore to water but you can’t make her think… Or was that Anita Loos?

  2. George Kaplan

    I love Dorothy Parker. Kudos to Mr Smith for the horticulture/horse to water quotation, Ms Parker’s quill was tres sharp!
    I really liked Alan Rudolph’s Mrs Parker and the Vicious Circle, in fact I was a little obsessed with Jennifer Jason Leigh’s performance (and vocalisation) as Dorothy for a while there! Both witty and tragic. As I remember it, Campbell Scott wasn’t bad as Robert Benchley either.

  3. George Kaplan

    V., yes, yes, and yes! I’d noticed that, it’s funny (she sounds like she can barely bothered to get the words out. A tone I use when not gladly suffering fools!). I love your description, obviously I’d noticed the Hepburn but the Madeleine Carroll is a perfect part-comparison, you wonderful woman. There’s something of someone else in that voice but it eludes me!

  4. George Kaplan

    That’s really good to hear, as you can probably tell I really like her as an actress. Underrated. And now you say she’s swell in real life? Why, Vickie you are fantastic, a fount of knowledge as well! Gushing R.

  5. George Kaplan

    I have not but now I must… Thank you.
    I first saw Alan Cumming in a Christmas fantasy comedy entitled Bernard and the Genie when I was 14, before even his kooky camp BBC 2 sitcom The High Life (which was bonkos). Cabaret, X-Men 2, The Anniversary Party, The Good Wife, Macbeth, he’s certainly come a long way, hasn’t he?

  6. George Kaplan

    V., just checked this for you, it appears to be available on something called youtube (winks) if that’s of use to you. It’s been two decades since I’ve seen it, it was *very* Scottish and also thoroughly loony but so help me I quite liked it!

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