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Dreams, Hope and Charity – A Fashionable Q&A with Columnist Lauren Lawrence

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In NewsWhistle’s weekly question-and-answer series, Clara Morgan speaks with some of her favorite influencers and finds out more about their lives and careers. This week, Clara speaks with TV personality, writer, and philanthropist Lauren Lawrence.

Lauren has a Master’s Degree in Psychology from the New School for Social Research. She is the Dreams columnist of the New York Daily News and was formally John Kennedy Jr.’s “Political Dreams” columnist at George Magazine. Lauren hosted the TV show “Celebrity Nightmares Decoded” on BIO channel, a division of A&E TV network, and has appeared on numerous TV shows including Dr. Oz, Fox and Friends, and Extra.

Aside from her entertainment career, Lauren has published seven articles on psychoanalytic theory in scientific journals and is the author of numerous books about dreams, including Dell’s Dream Keys series of books and Private Dreams of Public People, a coffee-table book published in English and French by Assouline. Lauren has chaired many charity events and lives in New York City with her husband.

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1. When and how did you first realize that you wanted to work in the industry and business you are in?

Dreams are like paper, they tear so easily. I’ve always been interested in the ephemera of this world, and the inner workings of the psyche. Friends used to tell me their dreams and I always knew what they meant, almost as if I spoke the language of dreams. I am blessed to be the Dreams columnist of the New York Daily News,which receives readers’ dreams from every part of the world, because it enables me to help those with no access to psychoanalysis. I adore helping people sort things out.

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2. Any celebrity clients or memorable stories related to your business that you want to share?

I’ve interpreted the dreams of numerous celebrities from every walk of fame in my coffee-table book Private Dreams of Public People, published by Assouline in 2002. One of the most interesting was Kate Moss’ dream about eating spaghetti. Her dream had subtitles. Brilliant. That’s how much she wanted to understand the various symbols. Working for John F. Kennedy Jr. at George Magazine as his “Political Dreams” columnist was fascinating as well: all those Senators trusting me with their most intimate evening reveries.

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3. What is a typical day like for you? And what do you like to do on a day off?

I go to sleep quite late and so never awaken before noon. Then I’m always scrambling to catch up to my friends who’ve been up for hours. And going through hundreds of emails and calls. After breakfast, I write a bit and then dress for a late lunch with friends at my favorite watering holes, the Carlyle Hotel or Sant Ambroeus. In the evening there is always some event, some book party, some lecture. New York is so alive. Such a gregarious city.

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4. What is the next big thing in your industry? What are people doing differently today, compared to 10-15 years ago?

I think I was and am the next big thing in my industry. No one has done what I have done. Trying to find out if what one does in life is reflected in the psyche. All of my psychoanalytic theories have been published in leading scientific journals like the American Journal of Psychoanalysis and the Journal of Mind and Behavior. When I took my second Master’s Degree I had more publications than many of my professors. My prime time TV show “Celebrity Nightmares Decoded” which aired in 2011 on BIO channel was a first: Dreams were visually reenacted and screened so viewers saw these dreams just before the celebrity told them to me. That was very new and insightful.

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5. What are your three favorite restaurants in the city where you currently reside?

I love Le Cirque, Perrine at the Pierre Hotel, and Le Coucou in Manhattan. I adored Swifty’s, but it closed unfortunately.

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6. What are your three favorite bars in New York City?

Bemelman’s Bar at the Carlyle, Old King Cole Bar at the St. Regis, and Harry Cipriani.

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7. What are your three favorite locations to visit in NYC?

The Frick Museum, the Oscar de la Renta boutique, MOMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art. and Central Park by the boat basin.

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8. Which three events on your annual calendar will you will absolutely not miss?

I am chairing the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation Luncheon/Fashion Show this year on May 17. We are thrilled to be honoring Carolina Herrera for her outstanding work in fashion design; The Fountain House luncheon at the Pierre; and Medical Missions for Children.

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9. What was your best New York moment? Your worst?

Best: Running into Mick Jagger on Madison Avenue;

Worst: Worst experience in New York was having had a stalker.

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10. Tell us something that people do not know about you.

I did a rap song “Terrorist Lover” for Renegade Records in 1996, which debuted number 3 just ahead of Tupac which earned me the moniker “Society Rapper” by Entertainment Tonight’s Jim Moret. Part of my music video was filmed at the old Le Cirque.

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11. How would you describe your personal (fashion) style?

Timeless. Refined. Expensive, but long lasting. Nothing flamboyant.

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12. Who is your style icon? Where do you find your style inspiration?

Jacqueline Onassis, Audrey Hepburn, Jayne Wrightsman. Amal Clooney. From my mother in the past, and from these women I have named.

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13. Who is your favorite fashion designer, artist or architect – and why?

Carolina Herrara and Oscar de la Renta. Why? Just look at their designs. Balthus, and Francis Bacon because of the high numinosity and dream-like symbolism in their work.

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14. Name your favorite… and tell us why:

a. Outfit. My black silk Oscar de la Renta dress with the embroidered white feathered cockatoo, and a matching black and white minaudière with birds. This dress is a favorite because I find birds and feathers magical.

b. Perfume/Fragrance. Joy, my fragrant armor, because the divine rose/jasmine scent makes me happy when I wear it.

c. Movie. Idiot’s Delight with Norma Shearer and Clark Gable, because I am an insufferable romantic.

d. TV show. “Celebrity Nightmares Decoded” when it was on ai,r because it was my show. Other than that, “24” with Kiefer Sutherland.

e. Book. The Sun Also Rises, because of the hapless romance and because I always find something new in it when I reread it.

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15. What is your favorite restaurant in the world? What is it you love about it and what is your favorite dish?

It was Le Plaisir, for the food, of course. Masa was a genius. My favorite was the smoked turkey with wild lingonberries, and the angel-hair pasta with morels. Today, Le Coucou. It has the best quenelle de brochet with warm lobster froth.

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16. Name your favorite vacation spot and hotel? What makes these places so special?

Paris. The Ritz Hotel in Paris. Because Paris, as Hemingway said, is a moveable feast. Why is the Ritz special? Because I am a Francophile and lover of the eighteenth century furniture’s style and opulent sensibility.

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17. Which three items can you not live without?

My iPhone, Natural Beauty lipstick by Lancome, and Kerastase’s “Lait Vital” conditioner.

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18. What song, meditation, or mantra can you listen to on repeat? And why?

“I Want to Hold Your Hand” because of all the B Minor chords. When heard, something magical happens. For meditation, “While my Guitar Gently Weeps.”

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19. If you could meet anyone in the world, who would you like to meet? And why?

The Dalai Lama, to get near and hopefully absorb some of that radiating glow of inner peace.

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20. Is there anything else you would like to share, discuss or promote?

As Chair, I would like to promote the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation’s Ladies Luncheon/Fashion Show this May 17. For ticket info please contact Erica Fineberg at: (212) 686-7820. And as the Dreams columnist of the New York Daily News, I invite you all to send in your dreams to yourdreams@nydailynews.com.

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Lead-In Image Courtesy of SiwaBudda / Shutterstock.com; Lauren Lawrence Portrait Courtesy of Lauren Lawrence and photographer Patrick McMullan