Author, poet, drama critic, book reviewer, screenwriter and outstanding member of the legendary Algonquin Round Table, Dorothy Parker was known for her quick wit, keen observations, and remarkable insight into the human condition. Regarded as brilliant, but widely known to be an alcoholic and often depressed, Parker's work pushes all buttons at once: humor, anger, love, pity and everything in bewteen...she pulled no punches, writing with pure, unadulterated passion; her writing is timeless and as pertinent to today's society as it was to that of the time she wrote.
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Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) wrote short stories for The New Yorker for 30 years. She was married to Edwin Pond Parker II, once, and to Alan Campbell, twice. Upon her death she left her estate to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She also provided that in the event of his death, her estate would pass on to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Christine Baranski, a two-time Tony®, Emmy®, and Screen Actors Guild award winner, has starred in such films as The Birdcage, Bowfinger, and Reversal of Fortune; her role in Cybill won an additional three Emmy® and three Golden Globe nominations; her fifth Emmy® nomination came for her guest role on Frasier.
Cynthia Nixon has been working professionally in film, television, and onstage since the age of twelve. Her best known role is Miranda on Sex and the City for which she received an Emmy® nomination and three consecutive Golden Globe nominations. She lives in New York with her two children: Samantha and Charlie.From AudioFile:
Dorothy ParkerÕs dry wit is well served by polished actresses Cynthia Nixon and Christine Baranski. Nixon reads the first story, ÒBig Blonde,Ó with sympathy and tender anguish for the title character. Baranski shines in her performance of ParkerÕs musings on Emily Post, perfectly enunciating each delicious bit of humorous sarcasm. Baranski skillfully reads another short story, ÒHorsie,Ó with the perfect balance of charm and exasperation. The skills of these two fine actresses and ParkerÕs notable talent for commentary on the human condition create a highly entertaining recording and a satisfying tribute to ParkerÕs gift for words. Only an hour, this recording will delight Parker fans and create new ones. R.F. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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