Dorothy Parker's Lovers
TOne need only look at Dorothy Parker's quips and writings to realize she had a passion and a puzzlement for members of the opposite sex: "There was nothing more fun than a man", "One more drink and I'll be under the host", One Perfect Rose (she'd rather be given a limousine), The Telephone (waiting for the phone to ring), and on and on... Born in the late 1800's, she came to New York and thrived as a writer at the turn of the century, where she married briefly, a WWI hero, Edwin Pond Parker II, then divorced him for mental cruelty when he wanted her to move with him to Connecticut.
Dorothy went on to twice marry Alan Campbell, a screenwriter. In the 1930's, they became the hot new writing team in Hollywood, penning co-penning the feature film A Star is Born, starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, which was nominated for an Academy Award. Dorothy at one time was the highest paid female writer in Hollywood, during the Depression making $5,200 per week. Though she somehow frittered away her fortunes, claiming that, "The money is like so much compressed snow. It goes so fast, it melts in your hands."
Many books have been written about Dorothy Parker's fascinating life which included affairs with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ring Lardner, Robert Benchley and in my own play "Room Enough For Two - The Fascinating Life of Dorothy Parker", Ernest Hemingway. Dorothy took a trip to Europe with Robert Benchley in 1922 on the S.S. Roosevelt. As luck would have it, Hemingway was also on board. The two enjoyed each others company until he accused Dorothy of stealing his typewriter. With broken heart, Dorothy made the most of the trip as she watched Hemingway carouse on the French Riviera with his friends, who inspired his book The Sun Also Rises, and his new wife Pauline Pfeiffer.
In later years, Dorothy wrote a piece about Hemingway, a man she adored until the end... Dorothy's last words to a neighbor were, "Did Ernest Hemingway really like me?" An unanswered question she took to her grave.
Many Hemingway fans would probably dispute this notion of a love affair with Dorothy Parker but the probability is high. Hemingway knew her well, well enough for him to show his film on the Spanish civil war at a private fund raiser at her Hollywood home. Dorothy Parker was writing her autobiography at the time of her death and it mysteriously disappeared soon afterwards. Perhaps Lillian Hellman disposed of it. No one knows for sure so that secret love affairs, if it exited will never be known for sure.