Dorothy Parker: Guest Book

Though William Randolph Hearst frequently invited prominent Hollywood personalities to visit his spectacular castle (San Simeon), he always insisted upon the observation of certain rules. Despite his own scandalous relationship with Marion Davies, among the rules was a ban on sex between unmarried couples.

When Dorothy Parker visited and broke the rule, she received a note from her host asking her to leave. She did so, but not before leaving a note in the castle's guest book:

Upon my honor, I saw a Madonna
Standing in a niche,
Above the door
Of the famous whore
Of a prominent son of a bitch.

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