These have been popular around the blogosphere lately, and I didn't know why until I read last week's Publishers Weekly. Evidently, Smith Magazine asked authors to boil their lives down to six words. Henry Alford, writing for PW, included a few they may have missed.
Here are my favorites:
James Joyce: Irish poor Catholic alcoholic no commas
Hemingway: All my sentences: about this length.
Margaret Mitchell: Posthumous nightmares re Carol Burnett, drapes
Ian McEwan: Formerly gothic, but, suddenly Keira Knightley