EXCELLENTLY STONED AND/OR INEBRIATED: FAMOUS LITERARY DRUNKS AND ADDICTS

Messy Excellence: Presenting His Excellency Jean Cocteau and Her Excellency Dorothy Parker, two Outstandingly Excellent artists who famously went for booze and dope. Complete (soon-to-be-updated, surely) slideshow at Life.com.

Obsessed with Opium: Jean Cocteau (1889 - 1963). "To smoke opium is to get out of the train while it is still moving." The great French poet, novelist, dramatist, playwright, and filmmaker kicked his opium addiction in 1929.

Addicted to alcohol: Dorothy Parker (1893 - 1967). "One more drink and I'll be under the host." Pictured: Parker working at her typewriter while husband Alan Campbell reads the newspaper at their Bucks County, Penn., farmhouse.

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