Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This? - Chapter 18, Ham and Cheese, Hold the Mayo 1961-1964 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 18, Ham and Cheese, Hold the Mayo 1961-1964 Summary and Analysis

In the spring of 1961, though unwilling to reconcile with him, Dorothy agrees to join Alan in Hollywood. Their old friend Charles Brackett is now head of Twentieth Century-Fox and decides to ignore Dorothy's blacklisting, and hires the duo for the film adaptation of a French stage play. Alan has actually sought out the job, and is told he can have it only if Dorothy will be on board. The play is called The Good Soup, and Fox intends it for Marilyn Monroe. Dorothy greatly admires Monroe and is eager to produce a film in which she will star. Still, the prospect of giving up her life in New York and the independence she has created for herself is less than desirable. She agrees in the end, but...

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