My school newspaper just did
an alumni issue for which we interviewed successful or famous alumni. I interviewed Jane Sarkin, the
features editor of Vanity Fair magazine and found her quite
What activities did you do at our school?
We had the first women‘s soccer team. I played tennis and
field hockey, but I liked soccer best. I wrote a bit for The Record. I sang in choir. I remember we
did “Bye, Bye Birdie, ” which was a lot of
How did you get into
This school really got me interested in English. I loved
the literature and doing papers; it was my best subject. I also loved French. The entertainment
world always interested me, that‘show it all happened. I did well in college because I
knew how to study, take notes and write a paper. I‘m really thankful for that. I believe
that all my success came from this backbone of good education, which started in high
How did you come to work for Vanity
I worked for Andy Warhol (at his magazine Interview) for four
years. This Oscar night was my 20th anniversary at Vanity
What‘s your favorite part of
Coming up with cover ideas and then putting it all
together. It‘s almost like producing a movie. Four months before the issue, you have to
photograph and interview the person. It‘s a very long process, but I like
Is there something you are particularly interested in
writing about - Hollywood, world issues, sports? Vanity Fair seems to cover it
My thing is really the entertainment world and Hollywood.
That‘s so much part of the magazine. I‘m very lucky, it keeps me
You get to meet all kinds of
celebrities, what‘s that been like? Are you used to it or do you still
I still get nervous. It‘s really exciting.
I love that part, it‘s the fun part, and introducing them to my children and my family,
that‘s fun, too.
Who are a few celebrities
My favorite is Tom Cruise, because he was really
interested in my family and my children. He‘s making a movie about my brother Jon. I
don‘t mind Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio . . . I have to be honest, though, Tom is
What kind of advice would you give
Keep writing, keep interviewing. There is no
boring interview; it‘s just the way you write the words. You can make any subject
interesting; it‘s all in the writing.
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