About Marsha Bemko
Q. Previous occupations
A. I’ve been in television for a long time but I’ll never forget my very young years of being a waitress and bartending. Didn’t we all do that?
Q. Favorite job
A. I’m lucky: I have my favorite job.
Q. High school and/or college
A. Needham High School in Needham Massachusetts. Westfield State College in Westfield Massachusetts. I like the east coast.
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. Can’t narrow it down to just one.
Q. Favorite movie
A. Ernst Lubitsch’s “Trouble in Paradise.”
Q. Favorite television show
A. “Antiques Roadshow” of course!
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. A passion-filled journey on life's best street.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. This too shall pass.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Being surrounded by those I love and those who love me.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. My greatest fear is anybody learning what my greatest fear is. And yes, that means, I’m not telling.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. I’d like to roam the world on a hunt for great antiques. I’d start here in Boston, head west and once I reach the California coast, cross the Pacific and keep on going. When I’m done sit under the shade of a cabana on a beach.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. You probably didn’t know him and he wasn’t famous: My Dad.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. This is hard. I admire those with generous spirits.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. “You know.” And I’m trying to cure myself, you know?
Q. What do you regret most?
A. The Big Mistakes.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. I’d be a great singer with a mesmerizing voice.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. On a personal note, I’ve stayed happily married while raising wonderful children and on a professional note, being at the helm of Antiques Roadshow.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. At times I might speak before I think. My publicist tolerates it.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. I see the best in others and truly want the best for them. By the way, that’s also my worst quality.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. I like being me. I can imagine wanting someone else’s house, car or other material comfort…
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. My Boston accent and big brown eyes.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Robert Langdon. He’s so smart.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Jack Torrance from “The Shining” although will always have a soft spot for Cruella DeVille and The Wicked Witch of the West.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Romeo. “Don’t drink the poison.”
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. Those who are dishonest.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. I’m a television producer and am happy doing just that.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. I would like to be that fabulous singer with a mesmerizing voice but I can’t even get up the guts to do karaoke.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Honesty. Honesty. Honesty.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Eggs but I’d really miss the toast.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” Mika’s “Grace Kelly” Billie Holiday’s “Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do” Eva Cassidy’s “Songbird” Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon”
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. I’m a huge Elmore Leonard fan. Also enjoy Dan Brown, Philippa Gregory, Jim Collins, Malcolm Gladwell, Dean Koontz, Cormac McCarthy, John Grisham and the list just keeps on going to I’m stopping now.
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. Hard to name “5 of all time” but here are “5 that come to mind”: Elmore Leonard’s “Freaky Deaky” Robert Goolrick’s “The Reliable Wife” Kate Atkinson’s “When Will There Be Good News” Francine du Plessix Gray’s “Them: A Memoir of Parents” Erik Larson’s “The Devil In The White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that changed America”
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. I recently re-read Truman Capote’s “Breakfast At Tiffany’s.” I’d like to go back and read J.D. Salinger’s “Catcher in the Rye.”
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Write. Write some more. Keep on writing. Go back and repeat steps one through three.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. My body of work is primarily television programs. Most of the viewers tell me they love our show…and sometimes, we’ve changed their lives.
Q. How did you come to write Antiques Roadshow Behind the Scenes?
A. As executive producer of Antiques Roadshow I’m aware of so many stories that our television program won’t allow. The book is the perfect venue to share more with our audience.