Ali Wentworth Answers:
The goop Q&A

You might remember Ali Wentworth from her days on In Living Color: In the intervening years, she’s only gotten funnier. In her newest self-improvement inspired memoir Happily Ali After—an already bestselling follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Ali in Wonderland,—she recounts story after hilarious story about the indignities of aging, making marriage work, and the glory of dachsunds. The best part? The chapter about the time she agreed to do the commencement address for a huge Midwestern university because they promised her carriage in a private plane, which seemed both fun and fancy. She didn’t read the fine print, though, and ended up flying in a plane not big enough to stand up in through an electrical storm—and then had to give her speech three times, as the graduating class was too large for one ceremony.

Allie Wentworth

  • Go-to weeknight recipe?

    Chicken Parmesan.

  • First job?

    Baking cakes.

  • Next job?

    I am a self-taught cook, and when I was in acting school and had first moved to L.A., I supported myself as a private chef. Most of the time it went swimmingly, other times (like when I forgot to turn on the oven) not so good… but the people who hired me were family friends or friends of friends. Although, I did cook for James Garner (The Rockford Files) which was cool.

  • Mentor?

    Marian Wright Edelman, my BFF Michelle Kydd Lee.

  • Hometown?

    Washington D.C.

  • What would you put on your neon sign?

    “Well behaved women seldom make history.”

  • Wouldn’t leave home without?

    Phone, credit card, and milk duds.

  • Essential beauty products?

    Dr. Hauschka Rose day cream, Sisley night moisturizer, and Tata Harper serum.

  • Won’t fly without?

    Book, PG tips tea bags, and tabloids.

  • Thing you buy in bulk?

    Sparkling Water, toilet paper, and fruit roll-ups.

  • Goop-shop obsession?

    Gaia Sweetheart Clutch.

  • Favorite book?

    For now it’s Candice Bergen’s, A Fine Romance.

  • First celebrity crush?

    Farrah Fawcett.

  • Favorite movie?

    Woody Allen’s Manhattan, Jaws.

  • People on speed dial?

    George, kids, girlfriends, mom, psychopharmacologist.

  • Favorite city hotel?

    Four Seasons (during riots, natural disasters, terrorism).

  • Favorite vacation hotel?

    Anywhere there’s white sand.

  • Favorite fabric?

    Raoul, Michael Smith Jasper, Katie Leede.

  • Favorite Chinese restaurant?

    Grand Sichuan Eastern in NYC (soup dumplings), all of Chinatown San Francisco.

  • Favorite young designer?

    The Row.

  • Preferred form of exercise?


  • Drink of choice?

    Seltzer and cranberry with lime.

  • Favorite model?

    Paulina Porizchova.

  • Proudest moment?

    Vaginal child birth.

  • Perfect Sunday afternoon?

    New York Times, sleepy dogs, sharing sofa with husband, homemade chocolate chip cookie dough.

  • Favorite red state?

    South Carolina.

  • Favorite pasta dish?

    Gwyneth’s turkey bolognese.