Tovah Feldshuh, who plays Golda Meir in “O Jerusalem,” opening Oct. 24
Last film I saw:
“Sleuth,” directed by Kenneth Branagh
Three films that mean a lot to me:
“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” directed by Julian Schnabel
“A Beautiful Mind,” directed by Ron Howard
And of course “Gone with the Wind,” directed by Victor Fleming
Who do you think is the best actor in Hollywood at the moment?
As always Meryl Streep, and in addition Sean Penn for acting and directing “Into the Wild” and the leading actors in Ang Lee’s “Lust, Caution.”
Who do you think was the brightest star of the silver screen?
If you could play any real-life person in a movie, who would it be and why?
My mother, Lillian Kaplan Feldshuh. I am developing a series about her called “Lilyville.”
Who do you look to for inspiration?
Anyone peaceful, anyone who chooses patience and empathy over the short fire impulse of belligerence.
Book I’m reading:
I am about to embark on the biographies of Katharine Hepburn in preparation for opening in Chicago in a re-tooled version of Matt Lombardo’s “Tea At Five,” to be directed by the wonderful John Tillinger. Like many of my colleagues, often my reading is limited to the books that research the next project. To film “O Jerusalem,” I read the opus by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre.
Total number of books I own:
Between my husband, me, and the children (Harvard ‘05 and MIT ‘10) there must be thousands.
Song currently playing in my iPod:
“Call Me Tovah” by Gerard Alessandrini. (I’m about to do a concert in Napa.)
Three songs that mean a lot to me:
Any of the Ira and George Gershwin tunes, because my father loved them.
The lullaby “Ay Loo Loo” sung to me in the nursery.
And “God Bless America” by Irving Berlin, which despite our country’s recent hiccups and serious missteps invading Iraq, I do.
Favorite song lyrics:
The internal rhyme of Lorenz Hart: “You sew your trousseau, and Robinson Crusoe, is not so far from worldly cares, as our Blue Room, far away upstairs.” The elegance with which he penned his lyrics cannot be denied.
*TV: HBO series “Big Love”
*Reading material: People magazine
*Web sites: www.tovahfeldshuh.com
Best hangover remedy?
I am an eater, and the best hangover remedy for overeating is running four miles a day. I am doing that now as my secretary types the answers to these questions.
What’s the biggest upside of the Internet and what is its biggest downside?
The upside is the speed of communication by which we can complete the tasks of our daily lives. The downside is you never get a moment off (that is why I am not a Blackberry person).
What advice would you give to someone trying to break into your profession?
Never give up. Fall down seven times, get up eight.
Do you have a dream project?
What helps you get out of bed in the morning?
The Advocare Vitamin Pak.
Who was your celebrity crush growing up?
Alec Baldwin. He still is!
Are there any activities you do to make you feel un-famous?
I don’t have to do a thing to feel un-famous.
What’s more dangerous: a mountain lion or a bitter ex?
I never dated a mountain lion so I have no basis for comparison.
Would you rather see a Lakers game next to Jack Nicholson or a Knicks game next to Spike Lee?
I’d rather see the US Open next to Roger Federer.
What is the single worst purchase you’ve made in the past year?
Anything off an infomercial.
If you were an adult film star, what would your name be?
Five people who I’d like to see answer this survey:
Camilla Parker Bowles