Dorothy Parker: Wit Is Timeless
Famed for the kind of aphorisms that in the 1920s were passed around like truffles at cocktail parties (i.e. "Brevity is the soul of lingerie"), Parker moved to Hollywood for a screenwriting job. Upon arrival, she quickly developed a taste for Communism and gin. Both, sadly, curdled her sense of humor, though not enough to entirely rot her charms. When the FBI stopped by her house in 1951, she apparently told them: "Listen, I can't even get my dog to stay down. Do I look to you like someone who could overthrow the government?"