Women We Love is a chance for us to
interrogate sit down with the women in our lives whose style we love, work we admire, and heart we adore. We give them the celebrated Proust Questionnaire—which dates back to 19th-century Parisian salons—and throw in a few of our own. Grab a coffee, something to take notes with, and get to know the women we love as they ponder love, death, and the meaning of life.
Without further ado, Audrey Kelleher.
Who was the last person that gave you flowers? A secret admirer.
Where would you like to live? St. Maarten.
What is your favorite virtue? Diligence.
What do you consider to be the most overrated virtue? Beauty.
Which talent would you most like to have? The ability to sing Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams” in the car...on key.
Which quality do you most desire in a man? A great sense of humor.
Which quality do you most desire in a woman? Confidence.
When and where are you happiest? Summers on the Cape.
What is it that you most dislike? Lies, cheats, and chapped lips.
Which living person do you most admire? My mother for her steadfast love and willingness to sacrifice.
Which living person do you most despise? The settling Europeans who named Sandwich, Massachusetts...because every time someone at Fairfield University asks where I'm from, they think I'm hungry.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? My anxiety over the most insignificant things.
What is your greatest extravagance? Dark chocolate.
What is your most marked characteristic? My laugh (so I’m told).
What do you most value in your friends? Honesty, humor, and forgiveness.
On what occasion do you lie? When I need to escape an uncomfortable situation or lie about enjoying someone’s cooking.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Making it through the obstacle course that is puberty and high school, in one piece.
What is your current state of mind? Content.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I’d be well-traveled and cultured…but I suppose I still have plenty of time for that.
If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be? Siblings…I’ve always wanted siblings!
What is your most treasured possession? A diamond from my mother and a blanket I’ve had since birth.
Who are your favorite writers? Jane Austen and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Heartbreak.
What is your greatest fear? Great White sharks.
Who is the greatest love of your life? Maddy, my golden retriever.
Which historical figure do you most identify with? Audrey Hepburn.
Who is your favorite hero in real life? Beyoncé.
How would you like to die? Falling overboard my (future) yacht into the shark-infested waters off the Amalfi Coast.
What is your motto? When in doubt, dance it out.