Dr. Fran Walfish is a Beverly Hills-based psychotherapist who specializes in couples, children and families probably best known for being one of the therapists featured on WE tv’s Sex Box. She’s also the author of The Self-Aware Parent.
Dr. Fran was nice enough to take a few minutes out of her busy schedule recently to answer a few questions from us.
1. You walk into a bar. What do you order from the bartender?
My favorite beverage… flat water with no ice. I’m a cheap date!
2. Who’s your favorite person to follow on Twitter?
Marc Juris, CEO of WE tv Network. He’s brilliant and kind. I’m a sucker for niceness and smarts. Marc is a barracuda with a heart!
3. What’s currently waiting for you on your DVR/TiVO?
I am an I Love Lucy junkie! I TIVO and watch episodes over and over and over. I have the dialogue and choreography memorized verbatim. AMAZING COINCIDENCE: We shot all 11 episodes of Sex Box at the same studio on the sound stage just across from where I Love Lucy series was filmed in the 1950s.
4. It’s your last meal — what are you going out with?
Well-done broiled baby lamb chops, mashed potatoes, and hot fudge cake with vanilla ice-cream smothered in hot fudge. Yum!
5. What websites do you visit on a regular basis?
WEtv.com, Mediabistro.com, and my own website DrFranWalfish.com to post articles and blogs.
6. What’s the most frequently played song on your mobile device?
“What a Fool Believes” (written by Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins) performed by Michael McDonald. A pop/rock jewel!
7. The first face that comes to mind when you think “punchable?”
Adolph Hitler. No question about that.
8. What’s the last thing you Googled?
“Sleeping naked and walking around the house nude”… I am a Sex Box expert contributing to a current research study on this topic.
9. Dogs or cats?
Dogs, definitely! I am severely allergic to cats… highly reactive with skin and throat itching, sneezing, and swelling. Ugh!
10. Best concert of your life was?
This is a tough question… in my earlier life I was a professional singer. I went to tons of concerts. It was my favorite thing to do! I guess the best concert of my life was Christmas, 1979, when I saw Bette Midler perform her live show on Broadway, Divine Madness, immediately following the debut of her first film, The Rose. I sat alone in the 10th row center with raging flu and a high fever of over 102 degrees. She still blew me over the moon with that night’s performance! Memorable for life.
11. What book are you most likely to give as a gift?
The first book I authored, The Self-Aware Parent. Besides the fact that I am holding 750 copies from the publishing company, the book is intended to raise one’s awareness about the parenting they received from their mother and father in order to expand their options whether to repeat wanted and unwanted reactions and behaviors, or choose other avenues. These reactions get triggered under stress which is caused during conflict with a significant other – most intensely by a romantic partner, spouse or child. This is why I feel so proud and excited to be on “Sex Box”… it’s a way to share this much needed information with the masses. The show is a gift to America!
12. What’s the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you?
A potent person sent my book proposal to the right folks and within 24 hours I had the most powerful WME literary agent in New York pitching my book to publishing houses. I am, and forever will be, grateful to him and his wife.
13. South Park or Family Guy?
Family Guy, for sure. I know one of the writer/creators. I am fiercely loyal that way. Always cheerleading my friends.
14. You have an entire day to do whatever you want. What would you do?
You would find me at an all-day spa! Massage, steam, shower… the works! “If” the spa was located in or near a slot machine gambling casino – Zowee! I’m in.
15. What movie can you not resist watching if it’s on?
Funny Girl, the tour-de-force breakout first film starring Barbra Streisand. She’s playing the life story of singer/actress Fanny Brice. I relate to the main character and see many parallels in my own life. I paid to see in the theaters 17 times. Can’t count how many times I watched the video and DVD and on TV!
16. The sports team or teams you’re most passionate about?
I am not passionate about sports. I mostly learn about sports from my male teenage patients! I am partial to the Oregon Ducks, for personal reasons.
17. Where did you eat the best meal of your life?
Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Beverly Hills. Um, hum!
18. The last movie you saw in a theater?
The Judge starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Robert Duvall.
19. Who was your first celebrity crush?
Paul McCartney in 1964 when the Beatles came to America. As a matter of fact, it was Feb. 7, 1964, the day The Beatles’ American invasion began. The Beatles’ Boeing 707, Pan Am flight 101, left London Airport early on the morning of February 7 bound for New York City. All we knew was that a couple of their records had done well in the States. I had them all. A couple of girlfriends and I cooked up a scheme by calling the local newspaper saying The Beatles were coming to our private all-girls school to visit on their American tour. For 24 hours, there was a bit of hoopla and buzz in Los Angeles but we were soon found out. Still, I went to bed each night fantasizing about becoming “Mrs. Paul McCartney!”
20. What would you cook if Nic Cage was coming to your house for dinner?
I would prepare my famous deep-fried breaded veal chops. Whether you’re a meat lover, or not, everyone that tastes them goes wild. Tender, juicy, perfect every time! Mom’s homemade recipe. They’re my ‘never fail’ when entertaining favorite meal to serve for dinner! It’s a must. The veal is accompanied with my broccoli and corn souffle and asparagus. Homemade baked apples for dessert!
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