Mary McCarthy (1912–1989), U.S. author, critic. interview on Dick Cavett Show (Jan. 1980). quoted in New York Times (Feb. 16, 1980).
Quoting herself, referring to Lillian Hellman in the 1930s. McCarthy's remark resulted in a row and prolonged law-suit which probably contributed to the wasting illness that eventually killed her—see Carol Brightman, Writing Dangerously: Mary McCarthy and Her World (1993).