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The Inn Crowd: Hotels from Somewhere to "Satori"
Posted November 05, 2010 to photo album "The Inn Crowd: Hotels from Somewhere to "Satori""
In setting Somewhere at L.A.’s famed Chateau Marmont, Sofia Coppola tapped into that hotel’s mythic past. We look at other hotels whose histories define them.
Slide 6: The Algonquin's Vicious Circle
“A Vicious Circle” by Natalie Ascencios, which hangs in the hotel, portrays from left to right (standing) Robert Benchley, Franklin Pierce Adams, Robert Sherwood, Harpo Marx, Alexander Woolcott, Marc Connelly, Edna Ferber, (seated) Dorothy Parker, Harold Ross, George S. Kaufman, Heywood Broun.
The Round Table members were dangerous wits. Edna Ferber once arrived at the Algonquin dressed in a new suit that happened to look like the suit that Noël Coward was wearing. “You look almost like a man,” said Coward. To which Ferber replied, “So do you.” When Paramount Pictures founder Adolph Zukor offered member George S. Kaufman only $30,000 for the movie rights to one of his plays, Kaufman sent Zukor a telegram offering $40,000 for Paramount. And when an agent asked Kaufman, who was the New York Times drama critic in the 1920s, “How do I get our leading lady’s name in the Times?” Kaufman replied, “Shoot her.” Groucho Marx, who unlike brother Harpo was not part of the Algonquin Round Table, deemed the “the Vicious Circle” too mean, saying: “The price of admission is a serpent's tongue and a half-concealed stiletto.”