I love this stuff. Here is my Fantasy Dinner Party Guest List. I decided to leave off all of my obvious personal favorite people (husband, child, best friends, dead parents) and just go with famous faves. They are listed in no particular order:
1. Bill Clinton - Uber smart. Great conversationalist. I thought of Obama (who is also these things), but thought I should only have one US President. And Bill seems more likely to flirt with me, which is always fun.
2. Jesus Christ - Aside from the obvious "I'd like to ask him a few questions" bit, he seems like he'd get along with anybody and always had something insightful and thought-provoking to say. And if we ran out of food he could probably come up with some loaves and fishes.
3. Eleanor Roosevelt - My personal fave and inspiration. Gracious, well-bred. Imagine the discussion about human rights she'd have with Bill and Jesus!
4. Benjamin Franklin - Renaissance man and another notorious flirt. I've had a thing for him ever since I played him in my Seventh Grade production of "1776".
5. Oscar Wilde - I'd definitely want a wonderfully witty Brit. I considered Ricky Gervaise, Hugh Laurie and Eddie Izzard. Then I though, oh hell, just go for the ultimate, the original Brit wit.
6. Tim Gunn- I want Tim Gunn to be my friend. Doesn't he just seem like the perfect dinner guest. So genteel and well-mannered. Gracious. You KNOW he'd bring the best hostess gift. And he'd make Eleanor feel comfortable with her own natural beauty.
7. Ann Richards - The late, great Governor of Texas is another personal hero. I actually knew her kids growing up, they lived down the hill from my best friend, Kaysie. Famous for saying George Bush was born with a "silver foot in his mouth". And every party needs an outspoken Texan.
8. John Lennon - I'd love to hear him and Jesus discuss the lyrics to "Imagine".
9. Woody Allen - Though he seems like he might be a picky eater, I couldn't do it with out Woody. I feel like he'd be full of fascinating questions for Jesus, Franklin and Sinatra.
10. Dorothy Parker - Imagine the banter between her and Oscar Wilde! Actually, I probably ought not to seat them next to each other. Might be too overwhelming. I could put her between Benjamin Franklin and Woody. That would be lively.
11. Frank Sinatra - I've always had a thing for the bad boy. And maybe I could talk him into singing after the meal.
12. Whoopi Goldberg - Easy going. Another person I'd just love to have as a friend. Seems to be able to talk to anybody, and excellent at smoothing over an argument. Would be good to have around if a tussle breaks out between Sinatra and Oscar Wilde.
People I considered, but nixed -
Marilyn Monroe - All the men would flirt with her and pay no attention to me. Well, not Tim or Oscar. Or I guess...Jesus.
Marlon Brando - Though he would probably be a good eater, it seems like he would be likely to start a fight at the table just for fun.
Henry VIII - Another good eater and certainly a good flirt, but would definitely try to monopolize all the attention. Not enough ego room for both him and Sinatra.
Okay. I've been working on this list for years, and it changes and evolves constantly. The permanence of committing it to blogdom is a bit scary because I know I'll change my mind...now. No...now. And...now. I'd better just hit "publish" or I never will...
I'm joining this list to Anna at ABDPBT.com for her weekly Monday List carnival. Please check out Anna's blog!
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