The Proust Questionnaire | Willem Dafoe
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Present-mindedness.
Which historical figure do you most identify with?Harry Houdini—we both escaped the “favelas” of Appleton, Wisconsin.
Which living person do you most admire? Bob Dylan: his great gift as a poet and musician, his long, incorruptible career—and he continues to tour constantly.
What is your greatest extravagance? Long afternoon naps with my wife.
When and where were you happiest? Discovering Rome on my scooter with my wife when we first met.
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The Proust Questionnaire | Willem Dafoe

What is your idea of perfect happiness? Present-mindedness.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?Harry Houdini—we both escaped the “favelas” of Appleton, Wisconsin.

Which living person do you most admire? Bob Dylan: his great gift as a poet and musician, his long, incorruptible career—and he continues to tour constantly.

What is your greatest extravagance? Long afternoon naps with my wife.

When and where were you happiest? Discovering Rome on my scooter with my wife when we first met.

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The Proust Questionnaire | Daniel Radcliffe
What is your idea of perfect happiness?Eating breakfast foods at a time of the day other than breakfast. Pancakes for dinner—I’m happy.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? My ability to invariably say exactly the wrong thing in any given situation.
What is your motto? “Don’t be a dick.”
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The Proust Questionnaire | Daniel Radcliffe

What is your idea of perfect happiness?Eating breakfast foods at a time of the day other than breakfast. Pancakes for dinner—I’m happy.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? My ability to invariably say exactly the wrong thing in any given situation.

What is your motto? “Don’t be a dick.”

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The Proust Questionnaire | Robert Evans 
The film producer and studio exec behind hits such as Rosemary’s Baby and The Godfather began a new career as a memoirist in 1994 with The Kid Stays in the Picture. Now on his second book, The Fat Lady Sang, he compares his journey to Don Quixote’s.
What is your idea of perfect happiness? I can’t tell you—it could be illegal. What is your greatest fear? Myself.
Which historical figure do you most identify with? Don Quixote. We have both spent our lives searching for that impossible dream.
On what occasion do you lie? If omission isn’t lying … never. 
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The Proust Questionnaire | Robert Evans

The film producer and studio exec behind hits such as Rosemary’s Baby and The Godfather began a new career as a memoirist in 1994 with The Kid Stays in the Picture. Now on his second book, The Fat Lady Sang, he compares his journey to Don Quixote’s.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
I can’t tell you—it could be illegal. What is your greatest fear? Myself.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Don Quixote. We have both spent our lives searching for that impossible dream.

On what occasion do you lie? 
If omission isn’t lying … never. 

Read more here.

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What is your most treasured possession? It is my “monkey” made of felt. Had him for all my life since I was six. Made him clothes and schoolbooks; made my sister think he was alive. I slept with him, never traveled without him, or his “magic” clothes, only valid if they were made before I was 14—pajamas, jeans, capes, satchel. I put him into Serge [Gainsbourg]’s coffin so the children would be less afraid. He’s with him now, in Montparnasse cemetery.
Jane Birkin takes our Proust Questionnaire. 
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What is your most treasured possession?

It is my “monkey” made of felt. Had him for all my life since I was six. Made him clothes and schoolbooks; made my sister think he was alive. I slept with him, never traveled without him, or his “magic” clothes, only valid if they were made before I was 14—pajamas, jeans, capes, satchel. I put him into Serge [Gainsbourg]’s coffin so the children would be less afraid. He’s with him now, in Montparnasse cemetery.

Jane Birkin takes our Proust Questionnaire. 

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What is your idea of perfect happiness?Happiness is a journey that depends solely on ourselves. We should be grateful to life because so much that it has in store for us will be marvelous and we have the good fortune to live it.
Italian screen siren Gina Lollobrigida takes our Proust Questionnaire.
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What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Happiness is a journey that depends solely on ourselves. We should be grateful to life because so much that it has in store for us will be marvelous and we have the good fortune to live it.

Italian screen siren Gina Lollobrigida takes our Proust Questionnaire.

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Christine Baranski takes the Proust Questionnaire. Here’s a peek at what she had to say:
What is your idea of perfect happiness?At sunset or under the stars on the dock of our lake house just being with my family and pals.
Which historical figure do you most identify with?Cleopatra.
Which living person do you most admire?Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani girl who was shot for advocating that girls be educated.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?My competitive side, the one that keeps score.
What is your motto?“Wake up expecting things.”
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Christine Baranski takes the Proust Questionnaire. Here’s a peek at what she had to say:

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
At sunset or under the stars on the dock of our lake house just being with my family and pals.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Cleopatra.

Which living person do you most admire?
Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani girl who was shot for advocating that girls be educated.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
My competitive side, the one that keeps score.

What is your motto?
“Wake up expecting things.”

Read more here. 

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Painter David Hockney takes the Proust Questionnaire. Here’s a snippet of what he had to say:

What is your idea of perfect happiness?When I’m sleeping.
What is your greatest fear?Heights.
Which historical figure do you most identify with?Picasso.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?That I give way too quickly.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?That they don’t give way quickly.

Read more of his responses here.
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Painter David Hockney takes the Proust Questionnaire. Here’s a snippet of what he had to say:

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
When I’m sleeping.

What is your greatest fear?
Heights.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Picasso.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
That I give way too quickly.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
That they don’t give way quickly.

Read more of his responses here.

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“Well, I’m still in New York. Thank you, God.”
Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch takes the Proust Questionnaire.
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“Hang in and hang on.” -Dave Brubeck, 1920-2012
Photograph by Annie Leibovitz
“It takes a lot of money to look this cheap.”
Dolly Parton Takes the Proust Questionnaire.
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“It takes a lot of money to look this cheap.”

Dolly Parton Takes the Proust Questionnaire.

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