The folks at Gawker are aping a Dorothy Parker poemÂ today (how long before this becomes a regular segment? "Gawker Parker?"). Alas, copyright probably forbids me from reproducing myÂ three favorites here,Â but I can tell you that:
* Though she'll forever be associated with Manhattan, Parker was a bridge-and-tunneler by birth. HerÂ mom went into labor whileÂ on vacation in New Jersey.
* She was obsessed with death, but she had good reason: Both her mother and her stepmother died while she was a child, and her uncle was an ill-fated passenger on the Titanic.
* One of few people who stayed financiallyÂ afloat during the Depression, she wrote the screenplay for A Star is Born with her then-husband Alan Campbell. Her marriage wasn't asÂ healthy as her checkbook; she regularly described Campbell asÂ being "queer as a billy goat."
*Â She bequeathed her entire estate to Martin Luther King, whom she had never met.