Marian SeldesI had the distinct honor and pleasure of sitting down with the one and only Marian Seldes after seeing her in "Persistence of Memory" this past Sunday. Miss Seldes has been delighting audiences for more than six decades from theatre to film to radio and television. She made her Broadway debut in 1947 alongside Judith Anderson in "Medea." Miss Seldes has been nominated for four Tony Awards and won in 1967 for her role in Edward Albee's "A Delicate Balance." She also starred with Angela Lansbury in Terrance McNally's "Deuce" in 2007.  In 1996, Miss Seldes was elected into the Theater Hall of Fame. Her film credits include "Leatherheads," "August Rush," and "The Visitor." She is also the author of two books: a novel, "Time Together" and her memoir, "The Bright Lights." Being a performer is a true labor of love for Miss Seldes and is evident in the way her face lights up when talking about her life in front of an audience.  That love and enthusiasm was demonstrated time and time again while interviewing her. Below is my unique and privileged experience:

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Seeing theatre and watching other actors on stage.

2. What has been your best and worst experience in a show? I have had no worst experience. The best experience is when the play goes beautifully and the audience loves it.

3. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? I feel so lucky to have worked with so many great people already.

4. Out of all the people you've worked with, who did you learn the most from? I learned the most from when I was young, but if I had to chose, I would say Katherine Cornell and Judith Anderson.

5. What is the best advice you've given someone, but not taken for yourself? I don't advise people. I don't believe that just because you are a teacher, you are given the right to counsel others.

6. Is there ever a time you thought about quitting? Never! Why would I quit?

7. Favorite pastime? I like to read, but I don't consider that a pastime because a pastime is something that passes time and I don't feel that one should read just to pass time.

8. Best holiday gift ever? Hugs from my grandchildren.

9. Superman or Wonder Woman? I don't know because I don't think there are men and women really like that in the world.

10. Favorite Play/Musical? They are all my favorite.

11. What is it about the color purple that makes it your favorite color? I just like the look and fit of it and I feel comfortable in it.

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