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Biography for
Alexander Woollcott (Character)
from Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994)

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Alexander Woollcott, b. January 19, 1887 d. January 23, 1943, was a founding member of the Algonquin Round Table, the group of wits and raconteurs who gathered for lunch at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City throughout the decade of the 1920's. Woollcott began as the theatre critic for the New York Times before World War I, and went on to greater fame as a radio personality in the 1930's. The character, Sheridan Whiteside, from the play, "The Man Who Came to Dinner," written by Woollcott's friends, George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, is based on Woollcott. Famous for his acid wit, Woollcott claimed to have discovered many stars of his era, including The Marx Brothers, Helen Hayes and Ruth Gordon. Woollcott wrote for many publications, including The New Yorker, McCall's, Collier's and Vanity Fair. One of his best friends was Harpo Marx, who named his son after Woollcott. Woollcott's fame faded quickly after his death, and if he is remembered at all today, it is for his connection to "The Man Who Came to Dinner," and the Round Table.

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