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Unforgettable Memories

George Clooney singing The Way We Were at the bar of the Cipriani Hotel in Venice, with Oscar winning composer Marvin Hamlisch on the piano 

Pierce Brosnan and I almost weeping in an interview, talking about personal despair and suicide attempts

The ever-lovely Kate Winslet showing me private photos and videos of her kids

Snatching Shirin Neshat out of her own Venice premiere - as she urged before -  so that she could get at least four hours of sleep before flying to NYC

Jeff Goldblum playing piano for me

Meeting newlyweds Cate Blanchett and her husband Andrew Upton on their visit to Hamburg

Gwyneth Paltrow expressing her enthusiasm for meeting "a talented musician like Chris Martin"

Nicole Kidman entering barefoot into our room, shocked that Clive Owen was caught in the elevator

A tête-à-tête with George Clooney demonstrating the "Beshkan," a Persian way of clicking fingers, and his skill for cooking Shirin Polo, Albaloo Polo and Kalam Polo


When Pierre Cardin showed me around in his labyrinthic Palais Bulles — and got lost himself. Searching our way out, we ran into his special guests Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver. We then joined them for an intimate cocktail in Cardin’s private salon.


How elegantly Catherine Deneuve manages to eat salad while speaking

Being asked by Diane Keaton how I meet guys I want to date

Eva Mendes confessing that I look like her best friend

Bruce Willis asking me: "Are you wearing a table-cloth?" (I was.)

Tom Hanks: "She is intimidating."

Receiving a Christmas card from Ang Lee


Robert Redford greeting me: "I remember you! Do you remember me?"


Reportage Extraordinaire

Pete Doherty complaining about Kate Moss burning his teddy-bear

Penélope Cruz telling me what she learned in her mother’s hairdresser’s shop about psychology

Charlotte Gainsbourg confessing that her lust for going to extremes on screen grew since a dangerous accident

Talking with Al Gore for "Welt am Sonntag“ about environmentalism

My covers stories for Swiss magazine Style

A "Spiegel online" story about an absurd set visit at Lars von Trier's "Melancholia" in Sweden

Reporting on 40 high-profiled Germans on their worst jobs, published in the German "Handelsblatt" magazine "Junge Karriere“ - the stories were often so original that Spiegel Online quoted them.

A "Spiegel Online" report about Roman Polanski’s first re-appearance at Zurich Film Festival after his incarceration

Al Pacino, Julianne Moore and Mads Mikkelsen interviews in "Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung“

The talks with Abbas Kiarostami, Haifa al-Mansour or Deniz Gamze Ergüven in German VOGUE


 Mariam and Shohreh Aghdashloo at the Toronto International Film Festival, September 12, 2016.

Mariam and Shohreh Aghdashloo at the Toronto International Film Festival, September 12, 2016.