Interview: Mary Strauss
Arts philanthropist, one-time belly dancer and owner of the Fabulous Fox Theatre on accomplishment, divadom and the art of making things happen.
What makes you happy?
artists in Paris in late 19th century. I also recently read a biography of Chanel. I love reading about “those” kind of women—they had assurance and drive, and really, some power.
What is your idea of misery? Being sick and alone.
What did you eat for breakfast today? A breakfast bar.
What is your favorite food? Good pasta. I don’t eat it very often, but I really love good pasta.
What is your least favorite food? Okra.
What’s one word that describes you? Enthusiastic.
What trait do you value most in others? Loyalty.
What trait(s) do you hate most in others? A sense of entitlement and ineffectiveness.
What do you consider a turnoff? Arrogance.
What’s your favorite occupation? Is diva an occupation?
What would you most like to be? A painter or a singer…a good one.
What’s your favorite color? Red!
If you could have dinner with anyone, who would that be? Obama.
What do you most like to read? I love biographies and autobiographies, I’m a history buff. I’m currently reading a book about the life of Misia Sert who was a muse and friend of influential artists in Paris in late 19th century. I also recently read a biography of Chanel. I love reading about “those” kind of women—they had assurance and drive, and really, some power.
What excites you? A good film, play or musical. Accomplishment. Projects coming to fruition.
What do you love? My cats, my grandchildren, my boys. My family.
What is one thing you wish would happen? World peace.
What’s something you want to learn? How to not be so technologically challenged.
What is your personal motto? Do the best you can always.
What is your favorite word?
“Fabulous!” And “Yes.” I really like hearing “yes.”
What is your least favorite word? I really hate the phrase “It’s not my fault.”
Who is your personal hero? My husband, Leon. He inspired me—he was a great visionary. He was 25 years ahead of his time. And, together, we made a great team.
If you could have a conversation with your younger self, what would you say? Be patient. Work for what you want. Dream big. Make it happen. No one’s going to give it to you.
What are you most looking forward to? Another fabulous year!
Photo credit: Photography by Liz Reiff Sloan