The Proust Questionnaire

marcel-proust-I have always loved reading the last page of Vanity Fair magazine when a celebrity answers the Proust Questionnaire…I think it’s a delicious glimpse into the real psyche of a celeb. When James Lipton asks his Proust questions at the end of an interview on Inside the Actors Studio…it’s always the best part of the entire interview.

Reading this article on Medium, 6 Years of the Proust Questionnaire, gave me a great idea.  She answers the questionnaire each year and keeps track over the years…I plan to do the same.  What fun!

So, here are my answers to the questionnaire and I challenge you to answer your own Proust Questionnaire…I’ve even made you an evernote document with the questions to make it easy for you to get started. (I used the actual questions from Vanity Fair)

Without further ado:

1. What is your idea of perfect happiness? Sitting on my patio in the fall, with my favorite people…having a real conversation. 
2. What is your greatest fear? Dying before I’m ready. 
3. Which living person do you most admire? My son, Spencer. 
4. Which talent would you most like to have? I wish I could sing well. 
5. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Oh my God.
6. What is your greatest regret? Not becoming a basketball coach.
7. What or Who is the greatest love of your life? David
8. What is your most treasured possession? my iPhone
9. What is your favorite occupation? working for myself
10. What is your most marked characteristic? my ponytail 
11. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? exhaustive discussions on things that do not matter
12. What is the quality you most like in a man? great hands
13. What is the quality you most like in a woman? loyalty
14. What is the trait you most deplore in others? insecurity
15. Who are your favorite writers? John Grisham, John Connolly, and John Sanford 
16. Who are your heroes in real life? my parents
17. What is it that you most dislike? intolerance
18. What is your favorite journey? motherhood
19. On what occasion do you lie? when talking about my weight
20. How would you like to die? in my sleep at the ripe old age of 90 with my hair in a pony tail
21. If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? I’d like to come back as  a Park Avenue dog. 
22. What is your motto? ask, believe, receive


“If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time.” Marcel Proust