1. Katharine Hepburn. In high school I discovered old black and white movies starring Ms. Hepburn (I wouldn’t presume to address her by first name) and was immediately drawn to her compelling style both on and off screen.
2. Melinda Gates. She and her husband direct the world’s largest privately operated foundation in the world. I’d like to learn more about its Global Health Program directly from the source.
3. Carmen Miranda. Her story is similar to that of Marilyn Monroe. This well-known Brazilian’s public image was one of glamour and sex appeal, but she also suffered from addiction and depression. I’d like to talk to her about exploitation as it relates to our perceptions of what is beautiful.
4. Sylvia Plath. She was a stunningly impressive and depressive writer and poet. She also killed herself at age 30. Someone I know well once told me I reminded her of Sylvia Plath, which I did not take as a complement at the time. I’d like to talk to her to find out what we may have in common.
5. Frida Kahlo. I have a huge crush on Frida and I love all the kitschy Frida stuff that became wildly popular overnight. I visited her home in Coyoacán, Mexico and I’ve read at least half a dozen biographies about the story of her life. I would be thrilled to be in the same room with her and watch her weave a tale of art, magic and indigenous revolution.
6. Isabel Allende. She is one of my favorite writers. She has experienced and written about loss in a gripping and heartbreaking way that resonates strongly within me.
7. Nora O’Sullivan Padilla. Nora was my great-grandmother and an Irish immigrant. I’d like to hear the story of how she met and married Reyes Padilla, an undocumented Mexican immigrant, and how they raised a family of ten children together.
8. Mary Magdalene. Did she consider herself to be a heroine or villainess? She is one of history’s greatest mysteries. I’d love to hear her tell the story of how she came to know Jesus and what it was really like in those days.
9. Tina Fey! Seriously it would be so fun to have drinks with Tina.
10. Mia Hamm. Aside from being perhaps the best women’s soccer player in the world and a gigantic advocate for girls’ and women’s sports, Mia established a foundation in her name after losing her brother to a rare bone marrow disease. I’d like to talk to her about everything – soccer, sibling loss, and what it’s like to give money away for important causes. I’d like to thank her, too.