When were you happiest?
Whenever all my children and my grandchild are near.
What is your greatest fear?
Aspects of life that are out my control.
What is your earliest memory?
Seeing my first cockroach in NY City when I was nearly three.
Which living person do you most admire?
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Property aside, what's the most expensive thing you've bought?
A mixing desk.
What is your most treasured possession?
My wedding ring.
What would your super power be?
If you could bring something extinct back to life, what would you choose?
Have you ever said 'I love you' and not meant it?
Yes, to an airport check-in girl. I meant to say thank you.
What do you most dislike about your appearance?
What is the worst thing anyone's said to you?
A doctor told me I couldn't have a lollipop when I cried after he'd removed a splinter from my leg. I was four, it was 1968, upstate NY. I don't think he liked our mixed family colours.
Is it better to give or to receive?
Who ever says receive?
To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why?
To my mother, because I wasn't there the morning she died.
Which living person do you most despise, and why?
What is the worst job you've done?
Cleaning for a neurotic French woman when I was 15. She made me mix Clorox with other detergent to do her bathroom. My hands smelled of popcorn and burnt flesh for days.
What has been your biggest disappointment?
Politics, friends and lovers.
When did you last cry?
When my singing teacher died.
How often do you have sex?
How long is a piece string?
What is the closest you've come to death?
When a wooden jetty in the
What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My daughters are my Picassos.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
If you want to make God happy, tell him your plans.
Tell us a secret
I don't tell secrets: I am a secret keeper.
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