An acerbic, cynical woman who was the toast of the Algonquin Round Table and author of such poems as "Threnody" and "Braggart," she also came up with such timeless gems as these:
I wish I could drink like a lady,
I’ll have one or two at the most.
Three and I’m under the table,
Four and I’m under the host.
Time doth flit; oh shit.
If you want to know what the Lord God thinks of money, just look at those to whom he gives it.
But the Important Thing about Dorothy Parker is that her stock response to answering the telephone is quite possibly my favorite quote of all time:
What fresh hell is this?*
(And I’m the one who added it to her Wikiquote page. Yup yup yup.)
*actually, this is now how my cell phone greets me whenever I power it up… abbreviated, for space-saving purposes, to WFHIT?