My Cultural Life

Harper’s Bazaar UK has a section in their magazine under “Talking Points” where famous individuals have to answer a series of questions. This month featured Joan Collins. I love the questions and thought I would take my own stab at it. If you’re up for the challenge, answer it in the comments section and I will post them!

Joan Collins’s responses

First record bought ‘Cry’ by Johnnie Ray

Book that changed your life PeterPan

USP I look great for my age

Poem known by heart Desiderata by Max Ehrmann

Most overrated Fake tan

Most underrated Lipstick

Guilty pleasure Chocolate in front of the TV

Favourite film The Fabulous Baker Boys

Who would play you in a film Vivien  Leigh, aged 19

Dream lunch date Robert DeNiro

Would appoint as culture secretary Valentino

Signature dance The Madison

Brains or beauty Both

Good cop or bad cop Depends which my husband takes on

James Dean or James Stewart Dean – he gave me a ride in his car once

Optimist or pessimist Optiimist, optimist, optimist!

Style icon Carmen Dell’Orefice

Which artwork would you appear in? A portrait by Winterhalter

Envious of Marie Antoinette, up to a point

Most proud of My children.

Film you wish you had been in Gone with the wind

Best advice Keep your face out of the sun

Would like to meet The Duchess of Cambridge

Favourite villain Alexis

Epitaph ‘She had her cake and ate it too.’

Worth staying in for ‘Who needs to stay in when there’s a DVR?’ (see epitaph.)

‘People are surprised that…’ I’m a good cook

‘Beauty is…’ lucky genes

‘Style is…’ acquired

‘Success is…’ luck and talent and bloody hard work

My take!

First record bought Backstreet’s Back – Backstreet Boys

Book that changed your life The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

Poem known by heart A thousand kisses deep – Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen: A Thousand Kisses Deep

You came to me this morning
And you handled me like meat
You’d have to be a man to know
How good that feels, how sweet
My mirrored twin, my next of kin
I’d know you in my sleep
And who but you would take me in
A thousand kisses deep

I loved you when you opened like a
Lily to the heat
You see I’m just another snowman
Standing in the rain and sleet
Who loved you with his frozen love
His second hand physique
With all he is, and all he was
A thousand kisses deep

I know you had to lie to me
I know you had to cheat
To pose all hot and hide behind
The veils of shear deceit
Our perfect porn aristocrat
So elegant and cheap
I’m old but I’m still into that
A thousand kisses deep

I’m good at love, I’m good at hate
It’s in between I freeze
Been working out, but its too late
It’s been to late for years
But you look good, you really do
They love you on the street
If I could move I’d kneel for you
A thousand kisses deep

And I’m still working with the wine
Still dancing cheek to cheek
The band is playing Auld Lang Syne
But the heart will not retreat
I ran with Diz and I sang with Ray
I never had their sweep
But once or twice they let me play
A thousand kisses deep

The autumn moved across your skin
Got something in my eye
A light that doesn’t need to live
And doesn’t need to die
A riddle in the book of love
Obscure and obsolete
Until witnessed here in time and blood
A thousand kisses deep

I loved you when you opened
Like a lily to the heat
You see I’m just another snowman
Standing in the rain and sleet
Who loved you with his frozen love
His second hand physique
With all he is, and all he was
A thousand kisses deep

But you don’t need to hear me now
And every word I speak
It counts against me anyhow
A thousand kisses deep

Most overrated anything Coach

Most underrated Earrings

Guilty pleasure …this blog is called “Champagne Moods” but otherwise getting home on a dark, cloudy/rainy Friday and curling up in bed watching TV and reading. As quoted by Jane Birkin ” My mother was right: When you’ve got nothing left, all you can do is get into silk underwear and start reading Proust

Favourite film impossible to choose but anything with Audrey Hepburn is up there

Who would play you in a film I’m going with my ideal self and will say Audrey Hepburn

Dream lunch date Frank Sinatra – we would go to Patsy’s together and then take the private jet to Vegas in time for his show with the Rat Pack at the Sands. After a few hours of gambling, we would all drive down to his place in Palm Springs to watch the sun rise 🙂

Would appoint as culture secretary posthumously awarded jointly to YSL and Dior

Signature dance No idea!

Brains or beauty Both

Good cop or bad cop As much as I hate it, probably bad cop – but there is always room for improvement!

James Dean or James Stewart Stewart

Optimist or pessimist Depends on the situation – right now I’m trying very hard to be an optimist!

Style icon Grace Kelly & Leonardo ❤

Which artwork would you appear in? Anything by Renoir or Degas

 Envious of people who can travel to Europe without having to worry about their health – I would love to go to Italy but the thought makes me shake with nervousness

Most proud of graduating in undergrad

Film you wish you had been in the original Ocean’s 11 – that would have been the world’s best party!

Best advice “My view is that you should never miss anything that doesn’t miss you.” – Joan Collins (a true coincidence)

Would like to meet Dean Martin

Favourite villain any James Bond villain

Epitaph She loved and was loved in return.

Worth staying in for the Habs winning a Stanley Cup

‘People are surprised that…’ I have a sense of humour

‘Beauty is…’ laugh lines

‘Style is…’ the best pick me up

‘Success is…’ having a loving family

Now it’s your turn!

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