During her time in Hollywood Dorothy got into a memorable fight with Samuel Goldwyn, who was always trying to hire top writers for his studios. When they were disputing the plot of a film entitled You Can be Beautiful (Goldwyn wanted it to be about a beautiful, happy Elizabeth Arden type, Dorothy thought it should be about a plain, happy woman who becomes beautiful and is made unhappy in the process) Goldwyn said, according to Garson Kanin, “People want a happy ending.”
Dottie rose. “I know this will come as a shock to you, Mr. Goldwyn,” she said, “but in all of history, which has held billions and billions of beings, not a single one has ever had a happy ending.”
She left the room.
Goldwyn surveyed those of us who remained. “Does anybody in here know what the hell that woman was talking about?”