By Ray Pride

Peter Bart

“In the 1970s and 1980s it became common practice at elite Hollywood dinner parties for guests casually to disrobe after dinner and plunge into the hot tub, lighting up a joint in the process. It never occurred to me, when I found myself next to a famous actress or filmmaker, that recriminations would potentially surface, and I was running a company at the time. Nor did hot tub culture seem to foster sexual activity… It was also common practice in that era to have a one-on-one business meeting with a woman in one’s office, or at a restaurant, without fear of gossip… Standards and mores have changed. I applaud those changes, but am concerned about longterm impact.”
~ Peter Bart 

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What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
To have to die.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

What is your favourite smell?
Fracas perfume by Robert Piguet.

If you could bring something extinct back to life, what would you choose?
The lost plays by Aeschylus and Sophocles.
~ Isabelle Huppert at 65

“I come from a generation where men were men. There’s nothing soft or touchy-feely about any of us, where we were from in Wales. There’s a negative side to that, because we’re not very good at receiving love or giving it. We don’t understand it. After Richard Burton died, his brother Graham invited me to the Dorchester where they were all having a get-together, the wives and the men, all the sisters and brothers. All pissed. And I noticed the women were sipping their ports and brandy, but all the men were, ‘Come on, drink! Drink!’ I thought, ‘There’s something very Greek about this.’ Men together. You know, like the bouzouki dancers. It’s not homosexuality, but it is a sexuality, a kind of bonding. That’s what I was thinking of.”
~ Anthony Hopkins