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Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker (née Rothschild) was born on August 22, 1893, in West End, N.J. At age 21, sold her first poem to Vanity Fair, and at age 22 took an editorial job at Vogue. She continued to write poems and stories for newspapers and magazines, and in 1917 she joined Vanity Fair, be-coming the first female critic on Broad-way. In 1919, Parker became a founding member of the Algonquin Round Table, an informal gathering of famous writers who lunched at the Algonquin Hotel. While her work was successful and she was well-regarded for her wit and conversational abilities, she suffered from depression and alcoholism and attempted suicide. Among many literary achievements and honors, she was nom-inated for two Academy Awards for screenwriting. She died in 1967.


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