Excerpt: 'Vanity Fair's Proust Questionnaire'

David Bowie
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DAVID BOWIE

What is the quality you most like in a man?

The ability to return books.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

The ability to burp on command.


Ray Charles
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RAY CHARLES

What is your most treasured possession?

My hands. They guide everywhere I go, and they allow me to play the piano and other instruments, which has been my lifeline since an early age.


Nora Ephron
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NORA EPHRON

What is your greatest fear?

A dental emergency in a Third World country.


Fran Lebowitz
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FRAN LEBOWITZ

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Sloth.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Industry.


Bette Midler
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BETTE MIDLER

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?

The wind.


Anold Schwarenegger
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ARNOLD SCHWARENEGGER

What is your greatest extravagance?

I am a major shoe queen.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

"Maria, I said I'm sorry" and "Yes, dear."

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