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Quick Wit: Linda Powell

Now starring Off-Broadway in Lucrece, Powell tells Christina D'Angelo about her greatest temptation and her favorite hair product. logo

A famous daddy can possibly get you there, but only talent can keep you there, as Colin Powell's daughter's track record proves. Linda Powell, currently staring Off-Broadway in Thornton Wilder's Lucrece, was last seen on Broadway as Lucia in the Tony-nominated revival of Wilder, Wilder, Wilder. Some highlights of her myriad of Off-Broadway productions over a ten-year period with Willow Cabin Theatre Company include: Denise in Who Will Carry the Word?, Mrs. Jones in Street Scene, and Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream. At Second Stage last season she stared in Jar on the Floor, and has also worked with Ensemble Studio Theatre, Theatre for a New Audience, Theatreworks USA, and the RAPP Arts Center. On primetime television she's been featured on Cosby, Law & Order, Law & Order Special Victims' Unit, and Sex and the City, as well as on the daytime dramas One Life to Live and As the World Turns. Her film credits include The Best Man, The Astronaut's Wife, Labor Pains, American Cuisine, Office Killer, and Reversal of Fortune.

If you were a glass of wine, how would you be best described?


What are your three favorite films?

Sophie's Choice, Mahogany, and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

What is the single most amazing performance you've ever seen on stage?

Zoe Caldwell in Medea.

What CDs are currently in your CD player?

Macy Grey, Keb Mo, and Santana.

What are your three favorite books?

The Power of Myth, My Scrabble Dictionary, and The God of Small Things.

What is your greatest temptation?


Whom do you most admire?

My mother.

What most irritates you?

Wool sweaters.

What word grates on your nerves?


What hair products do you use?

Ouidad, for frizzy-hair girls.

If you could exhume any foreign leader and have dinner with him or her, who would that be?


What is the most important thing in your refrigerator?

Diet ginger ale.

What is your favorite cocktail?

A vodka martini, straight up with extra olives.

What talent do you wish you possessed?

To be a tap dancer.

What role are you dying to perform?


What country would you most love to visit?


Did you ever dream of living in the White House?


Hillary or Rudy?

Oh God, do I have to answer that?

Bush or Gore?

Oh God, do I have to answer that?

Well, you don't have to. Would you like to give us a hint?

Oh, no, no. I'm going back to, "Oh God, do I have to answer that?"

No problem, here's an easier query: spring or autumn?


If you were a shade of lipstick, what would you be called?


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