Ralph Fiennes detests Facebook and Twitter, Anthony Hopkins deplores self-righteous freeloaders and Brigitte Bardot doesn’t ever recall being happy. But they have one thing in common; they’ve all been ‘Proust Questionnaired’ by Vanity Fair magazine.
The back-of-the-mag interview format of 35 questions is designed to reveal the hidden truths behind the most private persona. And it has generated some great celebrity one-liners and a series of brilliant cartoon portraits by the illustrator, Risko.
The questionnaire originated as a 19th century kiss-and-tell parlour game. It was named after Marcel Proust when the French novelist tried it out for himself for a bit of fun. But, in fact, it’s an ideal interview format for today’s busy bloggers. Questions can be sent and answers received quickly by email to create an Instant Article!
It’s fun to take the quiz yourself and compare your answers with those of your friends at Vanity Fair’s interactive version. You can also read the original interviews in the book, Vanity Fair’s Proust Questionnaire: 101 Luminaries Ponder Love, Death, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life.
Meantime, check out these memorable celebrity one-liners from the magazine’s past issues.
What is your current state of mind?
Keith Richards: Are you crazy?
What is it that you most dislike?
Anthony Hopkins: The words ‘cool’ and ‘awesome’
Ralph Fiennes: Being late, being unprepared, junk food, Facebook and Twitter
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Helen Mirren: Holiness
Harrison Ford: Charm
Annette Bening: Virginity
What is your greatest regret?
Doris Day: Most of my marriages
When and where were you happiest?
Brigitte Bardot: Never, but I am still waiting
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Anthony Hopkins: Freeloaders with a sense of entitlement
What do you dislike most about your appearance?
George Clooney: My posture
Harrison Ford: My face
Helen Mirren: Oh, Lord, where do I begin?
What is your most marked characteristic?
Daniel Craig: My third nipple
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
George Clooney: My reaction to criticism
Daniel Craig: Jealousy
Archbishop Desmond Tutu: Being a crybaby