In Honour of James Lipton

As you can see from my past blogs, I love movies and have always been fascinated about the process of making movies.

Directors and actors recounting their experiences in making movies has always been interesting to me and there was no better source for their stories than Inside the Actor’s Studio, by James Lipton.

James Lipton really knew movies, acting and directing.  He understood it, he did his research when interviewing and his show was one of my favourites.  I was sad to hear of his passing but what a legacy he has left.  His interviews are a roadmap for an era in movies, acting and directing and for that I am most thankful.

He always ended his interviews with the same 10 questions.  The questionnaire concept was originated by French television personality Bernard Pivot on his show Apostrophes, after the Proust Questionnaire.

In honour of James Lipton’s passing, and because I never got the opportunity to sit opposite him and dissect my successful career as an actor:

  1. What is your favorite word?  Faith
  2. What is your least favorite word? Docile
  3. What turns you on?  Authentic interest
  4. What turns you off?  Close minded opinions
  5. What sound or noise do you love? Hearing “I love you” from my loves
  6. What sound or noise do you hate? Hopeless crying
  7. What is your favorite curse word? F%&*
  8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Acting
  9. What profession would you not like to do? Pet groomer
  10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?  You gave back, as much as you received.

James Lipton was a gift that will be missed, but treasured.

But that’s just one Diva’s view.

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