Joan Rivers Takes the Proust Questionnaire, February 1997
Where would you like to live? Eighteenth-century France, but with plumbing and plastic surgery.
How would you like to die? Coming offstage after a five-minute standing ovation, falling into the arms of my lover, and having the doctor look at me and say, “This is impossible! She looks much too young to go!”
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? Something small, like a flower … or an autumn leaf … or Jackie Chan.
What is your motto? I have two. The first is “Get on with it.” The second is “Don’t eat anything you pick up off the sidewalk.”
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Illustration by Risko.

Joan Rivers Takes the Proust Questionnaire, February 1997

Where would you like to live? Eighteenth-century France, but with plumbing and plastic surgery.

How would you like to die? Coming offstage after a five-minute standing ovation, falling into the arms of my lover, and having the doctor look at me and say, “This is impossible! She looks much too young to go!”

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? Something small, like a flower … or an autumn leaf … or Jackie Chan.

What is your motto? I have two. The first is “Get on with it.” The second is “Don’t eat anything you pick up off the sidewalk.”

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Illustration by Risko.

Joan Rivers, Pioneering Comedian, Dies at 81
In Memoriam: Richard Attenborough, 1923-2014
In Jurassic Park, Richard Attenborough’s John Hammond marvels at his involvement as genial ringmaster of what would surely be the biggest animal show ever staged, considering that he got his start running a flea circus. Like his character, Attenborough had done it all in show business, acting in some 65 movies, ranging from the forgettable to some of the biggest hits of all time (Jurassic Park among them) and having directed a dozen more, including several celebrated epic biopics (most notably, Gandhi). If nothing else, Attenborough, who died at the age of 90 after a long stretch of poor health, was a showman.
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In Memoriam: Richard Attenborough, 1923-2014

In Jurassic Park, Richard Attenborough’s John Hammond marvels at his involvement as genial ringmaster of what would surely be the biggest animal show ever staged, considering that he got his start running a flea circus. Like his character, Attenborough had done it all in show business, acting in some 65 movies, ranging from the forgettable to some of the biggest hits of all time (Jurassic Park among them) and having directed a dozen more, including several celebrated epic biopics (most notably, Gandhi). If nothing else, Attenborough, who died at the age of 90 after a long stretch of poor health, was a showman.

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Of Style and Stardom
Lauren Bacall, photographed by John Engstead, the year she became Mrs. Humphrey Bogart, 1945.

Of Style and Stardom

Lauren Bacall, photographed by John Engstead, the year she became Mrs. Humphrey Bogart, 1945.

RIP Robin Williams
Photograph by Herb Ritts, 1998.

RIP Robin Williams

Photograph by Herb Ritts, 1998.

“She was the kind of hard-drinking, salty-talking dame that they don’t make anymore…”

Remembering Elaine Stritch, Who Kept Us Laughing for Seven Decades

“[She’s] a broad, in the best sense of the word. She’s funny, fabulous, fearless, fragile…” 
Director Chiemi Karasawa on the late Elaine Stritch.
Photograph by Brigitte Lacombe.

“[She’s] a broad, in the best sense of the word. She’s funny, fabulous, fearless, fragile…”

Director Chiemi Karasawa on the late Elaine Stritch.

Photograph by Brigitte Lacombe.

“Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.”
Rest in peace, Maya Angelou. 
Photograph by Annie Leibovitz. 

“Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.”

Rest in peace, Maya Angelou. 

Photograph by Annie Leibovitz. 

RIP Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Photograph by Helmut Newton.

RIP Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Photograph by Helmut Newton.

“Look, I come from vaudeville, I come from burlesque, I come from heartaches, I come from sadness, I come from gladness, I come from work and sweat and respect for the craft.”

Mickey Rooney, 1920-2014