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Proust Questionnaire: Black Mariah

French writer Marcel Proust made these questions famous at the end of the nineteenth century when he recorded his answers in his diary, “An Album to Record Thoughts, Feelings, etc.”

Known as the Proust Questionnaire, the following questions are selections from his original quiz. Today, Black Mariah takes time to answer a few for us.

1. What is your greatest extravagance? Burlesque.

Everything I spend on beauty, costumes and props, is nothing at all that I use in my daily life as a regular person.

2. Which talent would you most like to have?

Dance technique, I only have a hobbyist level ability.

3. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Marriage. The choice to marry the right person who is uplifting and a positive force in one's lifetime seems to be something many people fail to do well.

4. What do you most value in your friends?

Honesty. It is the most important quality in any relationship, especially a friendship.

5. Who are your favorite writers?

The blogger on and Elizabeth Taylor.

6. Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

Wonder Woman. I loved her in Kingdom Come. She was driven for justice and peace.

7. What is your motto?

Don't waste energy being angry, or hateful or vengeful to those who have wronged you. That is energy that could be spent making yourself or your endeavors bigger and better and sharing your beauty with the world.

Want more of Black Mariah? Come see her at The Dallas Burlesque Festival next month.