If you could invite five famous people to dinner (saving a seat for yourself)... who would you ask?
Bill Clinton - no reason needed
Gail Collins - she's clever
Frank Bruni - I think he's cute
I actually can't think of two more I'd really like right now, I have a hangover
Michael C. Moynihan
Neil DeGrasse Tyson - wonderful conversation
Bill Clinton - just because he's Bill
Richard Engel - Would love to hear about some of his more interesting assignments
Dave Matthews - I'm a huge fan
Betty White - to keep things lively
Continuing in your New York Times theme, OP, why not invite Patrick Healy and David Carr? They can recommend a good rehab for you.
It's a hangover not an addiction, R3.
But you've just rocketed to #1 on Cunt Dinner Party.
Martin Luther King Jr
I would sit back with martini and a nice beef wellington and watch them sort it out.
OP you sound really fat. Are you?
& of one of those fell out I'd invite Faye.
R8, why do you say OP sounds really fat?
Just because he's immobile and fantasizing about six portions of food?
Neil Patrick Harris
(I'll be seeking some Direction in a couple of weeks)
Lynda Johnson Robb - Presidential daughter, writer
Kevin Puts - Pulitzer winner, composer
Aung San Suu Kyi - Burmese activist, Nobel Peace Prize winner
Prince Harry - Soldier, party guy
David Greene - NPR host/correspondent
We're at dinner, we might as well talk about food!
R14, thanks for remembering Cornel West. He would be a fantastic guest!!
I'd love to have Julian Bond come, too. He's been a hero of mine since I was a kid, and I met him last year but didn't tell him so because I didn't want to embarrass him with my carrying on about how wonderful he is.
You'd do better to have John Lewis as your hero rather than Julian. It was John who did the heavy lifting during the movement and even after. Julian was always the pretty one with the elite parents who got more credit than he deserved. Though I am fond of his sister, Jane.
[quote]Richard Engel - Would love to hear about some of his more interesting assignments
Yes, especially the kidnapping.
The Ghosts of:
Richard Simmons for levity.
Sal Governale to make everyone uncomfortable.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Skylar Astin Lipstein
Sarah Jessica Parker
Joseph Love Levitt
Seann William Scott
Albert Einstein, Whitney Houston, Robert Downey Jr, Javier Bardem, Bill Clinton.
Thomas Jefferson dining alone.
Cynahia Nixon (former classmate)
Diane Lane (former classmate; cousin's ex-gf)
Michael Rapaport (former classmate/neighbor)
Micahel Learned (ex-sister-in-law)
Kenneth Anger (gay director offered me lead in Lucifer Rising II)
Those the the five most famous people I ever knew on more than a superficial level, so I'd stick to that.
Let's get some more party lists before the weekend doldrums invade DL again.
There are a lot of people on this list who would make fun dinner companions.
Without reading previous replies, mine are-
My two closest friends so I'd someone to talk to about it afterward
Sandra Bullock because I think she is bright and funny
Olympic gold medalist and doctor Eric Heiden
I like your people R32. I don't think they would be shy.
Naveen Andrews would be someone I'd be interested in talking to.
And Celine Dion to sing after dinner and annoy every one
and Michiko Kakutani (to clear the plates after each course and serve dessert)
Che Guevara - physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat, and military theorist
Sun Yat-sen - physician, revolutionary, founder of Republic of China
Susan Stamberg - radio journalist, NPR host
Margaret Truman - historian, author
Rise Stevens - Met Opera star
Matt Aitken, David Cronenberg, Megan Ellison, Grace Jones, Patton Oswalt
Zac Efron - shirtless
Kellan Lutz - shirtless
Hugh Jackman - shirtless
Nick Jonas - shirtless
Mario Lopez - shirtless
It could be interesting to have a dinner party for five closet cases. John Travolta, Queen Latifah, George Clooney, Cory Booker, Kevin Spacey