07-10-2013, 06:57 AM
Join Date: Dec 2006
On a side note - Vanity Fair's Proust Questionnaire
I missed this when I was living in Germany (November 2007) and wanted to post this to help inspire people to follow Shelley's advice and nominate Shirley for the Kennedy Center Honors.
At 21, Shirley MacLaine possessed enough poise and moxie to land a starring role in Alfred Hitchcock's The Trouble with Harry. The Oscar winner has worked with Billy Wilder, shared the screen with Jack Nicholson, and found a second calling as an author. With the publication of Sage-ing While Age-ing, the actress and writer reflects on enlightenment, her dog, and New Mexico.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Searching for it.
What is your greatest fear?
The violence of enlightenment.
Which living person do you most admire?
The people who work with and for me.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
My impatience, which can cause me to be really caustic and rude.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Same. We detest in others what we detest in ourselves.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
On what occasion do you lie?
When I eat sugar and say it doesn't matter.
What do you dislike most about your appearance?
My bloated stomach after eating sugar.
What is your greatest regret?
Not spending more time with my daughter when I was working.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My dog Terry. All of nature.
Which talent would you most like to have?
Being patient with people who have no work ethic. Maybe they have something to teach me.
What is your current state of mind?
Content, but discontent with the leadership worldwide.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Being able to do nothing.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
The way I think.
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
A zillionaire who gives away all his money. Yes, I would like to come back as a rich man who would live without corruption, respect nature, women, and small, insignificant things.
What is your most treasured possession?
Two necklaces from my Santiago de Compostela Camino. All of my animals.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Where would you like to live?
Wherever I am with Terry, but not in a confined space. New Mexico is fine for me.
What is your most marked characteristic?
My humorous cynicism.
Who are your favorite writers?
Those who tell the truth about themselves.
Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
I don't read fiction. My life is fiction.
Who are your heroes in real life?
Those who are optimistic through pain. I am a physical pussy unless I'm dancing or working out.
What is it that you most dislike?
People who don't care about themselves.
What is your motto?
"I am part of God in Light."
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