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).
Perhaps the strap on her hat is too tight 🙂 Great image!
Definitely too tight.
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?
oh damn it ….It’s to culture not water!!!
Yes, but was it Dot or Anita? 😉
When asked to use the word “horticulture” correctly in a sentence Dorothy Parker said…… “You can lead a whore to culture, but you can’t make her think.”
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.
If you watch “The Hudsucker Proxy” she employs the same accent again – I can’t quite make it out – 1/2 Katharine Hepburn and 1/2 Madeleine Carroll???
What an unusually large left hand Ms Parker seems to have!
Quite unsettling actually…
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Good Lord! I just noticed that… Could it be her gloves were too big?
Either that or our dear Dorothy was in fact the Hooded Claw!
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On the basis of this newpaper piece http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1915&dat=19170206&id=GPwgAAAAIBAJ&sjid=mXUFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6241,3672203
I’d say we were looking at something with a rose & geranium, arbutus or parma violet heart…
May I therefore suggest Caron’s Or et Noir, Yardley’s April Violets or Van Cleef and Arpels Feerie – the strawberry note of the arbutus I struggle with because it’s always handled with too much sweetness!!
Neither Mary nor I appreciate that!
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Fascinating! And for a man who hails (spiritually) from the 18th C. that was some fancy research…
When you come visit us you’ll see we have a Strawberry Arbutus growing in the garden. The fruit is supposed to be edible but I’ve never been brave enough to give it a bite.
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!
Maybe it’s Jennifer? Who, while I made fun of her accent is a VERY good egg.
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.
Have you seen “The Anniversary Party” written and directed by Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alan Cumming? I think you might like it…
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?
Now, I have to see The High Life!
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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