From former Vanity Fair magazine’s celebrity interviewer George Wayne comes a collection of piquant, poignant, and nostalgic interviews with some of the iconic personalities of our time, curated from his legendary magazine career.
The man behind some of the most notorious celebrity interviews, George Wayne, has redefined, reimagined, and remastered the modern art of the conversation. For over twenty years, he documented pop culture with the George Wayne Questionnaire, his patented question and answer column, which has been one of Vanity Fair’s most iconic and intriguing features. In each issue, he posed a series of offbeat questions to some the most captivating people in the world.
Refreshingly unafraid to ask anything and everything, GW has perfected what he calls—the probe and parry—to break down protective facades and get inside the heads and hearts of his interviewees. The results have been humorous, often surprising, sometimes shocking, and always revealing.
Beautifully designed with illustrations, Anyone Who’s Anyone is a collection of some of his most fascinating conversations with the world’s famous and infamous, highlighted with introductory annotations and memories of each interview—first published in his own R.O.M.E., Vanity Fair, and The Daily Front Row.
Cultural icons, royalty, and superstars of all kinds—including Kate Moss, Ivanka Trump, Ivana Trump, Martha Stewart, Joan Rivers, Farrah Fawcett, Fabio, Graydon Carter, and many more—spill their secrets, candidly sharing their hopes and fears.
With social media increasingly dominating our personal interactions, Anyone Who’s Anyone demonstrates that nothing can replace an engaging and authentic tête-à-tête.
About the Author
GEORGE WAYNE was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He is a New York–based writer of twenty-six years who currently resides in Greenwich Village. His beat is celebrity culture and the whirl of fashion, music, and style. George conceived and launched his own avant-garde ’zine, R.O.M.E., in 1982, and his career took off. He began as an associate editor at Interview magazine and later became the first contributing editor on the masthead of Allure. But his rise to recognition is attributed to his “GW Q&As,” which became a signature must-read of Vanity Fair, appearing regularly for twenty-two years.
“Wayne’s collected interviews are playful snapshots of the rarefied world of celebrity shoulder-rubbing. At times fascinating, the interviews offer a casual, unguarded look at some of the most high-profile personalities of the past 30 years.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“[Wayne is] such an artful interviewer; we all secretly want to know, and he is just the personality to tell you. A fun romp through celebrity culture.”
“What’s better than a juicy celebrity interview by a veteran reporter who knows how to get a great scoop? An entire book of them.”
— Marie Claire
“A collection of sharp, funny, at-times-nostalgic celebrity interviews from the former Vanity Fair A-list interviewer George Wayne, whose offbeat Q&As were one of the magazine’s best features.”
— New York Post
“To better savor GW’s ill-mannered, quick-witted tongue, keep this one around to sip one sitting at a time.”
— Associated Press
“This delightful collection is a selection of his most notable conversations, including those with icons like Farrah Fawcett and Kate Moss, each highlighted and annotated by Wayne with his memories and thoughts about each subject.”
— Real Simple
“Wayne is one of Vanity Fair’s most provocative and provoking interviewers and this collects his greatest hits, including interviews with Ivana Trump, Martha Stewart, and Joan Rivers.”
— New York Times Book Review