She was witty, caustic, talented and tormented. Dorothy Parker was famous for her wisecracks at the Algonquin Round Table and lauded for her poetry and short stories. In the 1920s and '30s, Parker wrote for Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, was Oscar-nominated for the screenplay A Star Is Born and had a lifelong obsession with suicide and death.
Which may explain why this insightful but often heartbroken woman suggested "excuse my dust" for her epitaph. It's an apt title for Jennifer Engstrom's moving one-woman show Excuse My Dust - A Dorothy Parker Portfolio, now off-Broadway at the SoHo Playhouse.