I'm a fan, personality-wise, of Humphrey Bogart, Frank Sinatra, post-Mecca Malcolm X, and pre-old and lecherous Hugh Hefner (though hey, when you've got it you've got it). I wish Marilyn Monroe had followed her heart and varied the spectrum of her acting career--or had the time to do so. I wish King or X had survived till at least the '90s to expand the mentality of black America and keep it out of the ghetto. I really wish Reagan, Nixon, or Goldwater could come back from the dead just for a day to see what has become of their beloved party--I wonder what they would do. I also think people should learn to use the Oxford comma, goddamn it...but I'm not enough of a grammar Nazi to always avoid ending sentences with a preposition, or utilizing all the punctuation to run a long thought into a single sentence. (I'm a playwright, which means I write like people speak; gimme a break.)
Musicals got me into acting, but I mostly sing offstage nowadays--mostly as a natural reaction to my mood, whatever it may be. Michael Jackson made me love to dance, Dr. Seuss made me love to read, Bernardo Bertolucci sparked my love for film, da Vinci and Michelangelo for art, Nat King Cole for music, and Brecht and Ibsen for theatre production. One day I will have a basement theatre, a smoking lounge, and a library the size of a small penthouse--I live for that day.