One Sentence or Less

Peggy Moffitt, model/muse

What did you do immediately before this questionnaire?
Cleaned up kitty vomit, gave his brother an IV for his kidney failure, lit up a cigarette.

What will you do immediately following this questionnaire?
I dare not imagine.

What is your idea of bliss?
Being in love with someone who loves me, and my cats.

What is your idea of misery?
Cleaning up kitty vomit. Giving my cat IVs. Answering questionnaires.

What is the strangest article of clothing in your closet?
Any piece of clothing that is not designed by Rudi Gernreich.

What is your proudest moment?
I hope one that I can look forward to.

What is your greatest regret?
Not being able to remember.

What would be the first sentence of your biography?
How do you do? My name is Peggy.

What catchphrase do you use the most?
As Duke Ellington said, “Love you madly.”

What is your best personality trait?
I hope a good sense of humor.

What is your worst personality trait?
Not to be able to answer that question.

Which fashion celebrities can you impersonate?
I used to be able to do a fairly good Audrey Hepburn. Now it’s more like Moe Howard from The Three Stooges.

What is the best advice you’ve given?
Never answer questionnaires.

What is the best advice you’ve received?
Try again.

What is the most inspiring place you’ve visited?
Rudi Gernreich’s workroom.

What is your most embarrassing fashion moment?
When I asked the director of The London Sunday Times award show, in which Rudi was honored, during rehearsals if I could be excused to go to the bathroom, and she said in front of everyone, “Why do you want to take a bhaath?”

What is your most triumphant fashion moment?
Being able to have the photograph of the topless swimsuit not ruin my career.

What do you do when you’re creatively blocked?
Think hard.

What is the most attractive quality in a person?
Kindness and humor.

What makes you feel the most alive?

What is your best talent, after your work?
Decorating and editing photographs, films and copy.

What would you ask for if you were granted one wish?
Total happiness.

What is your greatest fear?

What has been your greatest loss?
My husband’s death and Rudi’s death.

Who was your favorite cartoon character as a child?
Tom and Jerry.

What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
My wedding ring.

What is the best gift you’ve ever given?
My husband’s wedding ring.

What historical figure would you most like to meet?

What is your most treasured possession?
My cats Bebop and Banjo.

What have you marched in the streets for?

What would you march in the streets for?
World peace and love.

What is your drag name? (name of first pet + name of first street)
Speedy McCadden.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
To make everyone happy, loving and productive.

If you made a parody of a song and video, what would it be?
“The last time I saw tar pits was April 6th and all the little dinosaurs reminded me of sis,” sung to the tune of “The last time I saw Paris,” which I made up and sang at age five, to the great annoyance of my big sister Babs.

If you could erase one memory, what would it be?
Seeing my husband dead.

If you could live out one fantasy, what would it be?
Working and laughing with Bill and Rudi for eternity.

If you could change your life in one way, what would it be?
To “pick myself up, dust myself off and start all over again,” with apologies to Dorothy Fields and Jerome Kern.