Alexander Woollcott


Alexander Woollcott


Childless himself, the redoubtable Alexander Woollcott was, on 19 occasions, godparent to the children of friends. At the baptism of Mary MacArthur, daughter of Charles MacArthur and Helen Hayes, Woollcott was heard to exclaim with characteristic gusto: “Always a godfather, never a god!”

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Woollcott caricature

Alexander Woollcott was a U.S. writer, drama critic for major New York City dailies, broadcaster. He was well-known for his flamboyance and sardonic wit. His gossipy essays are collected in While Rome Burns (1934) and Long Long Ago (1943).

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Caricature Details

William Auerbach-Levy (1889–1964); Ink and pencil on paper, circa 1929–1939, Billy Rose Theatre Collection, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, New York City