Pamela Ribon

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Pamela Ribon is a bestselling author, television writer and performer.  A pioneer in the blogging world, her first novel, Why Girls Are Weird, was loosely based on her extremely successful website pamie.com.  The site has been nominated for a Bloggie in Lifetime Achievement, which makes her feel old. Ribon created the cult sensation and tabloid tidbit Call Us Crazy:  The Anne Heche Monologues, a satire of fame, fandom and Fresno.  Her two-woman show, Letters Never Sent (created with four-time Emmy winner and Jay Leno Show favorite Liz Feldman) was showcased at the 2005 HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen.  She has been writing in television for the past seven years, in both cable and network, including on the Emmy-award winning Samantha Who? starring Christina Applegate.  Using her loyal Internet fan base, Ribon sponsors book drives for libraries in need.  Over the years, pamie.com has sent thousands of books and materials to Oakland and San Diego, sponsored a Tsunami-ravaged village of schoolchildren, and helped restock the shelves of a post-Katrina Harrison County, Mississippi.  Ribon’s book drive can now be found at DeweyDonationSystem.org, which has sponsored libraries from the Negril School in Jamaica to the Children’s Institute in Los Angeles. 

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My Life in 8 Words

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Live your life in more than eight words.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. I guess I'm at my happiest when I feel like I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be at that given moment, whether it's early morning in bed reading a great book while drinking a fresh cup of hot coffee, or smashed into a packed subway in a foreign city, holding hands with the one I love. It's that feeling where there's no thought of being anywhere else. I'm describing contentment, aren't I? Maybe that's what makes me happy. Oh, whatever. I could be exhausted, freezing and hungry, but if someone's making me laugh, I promise you I'm happy.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. French Fries. I think I already do this.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I'm not sure, but I do know that most people will have known me for like, six months before one day they're standing next to me and suddenly realize, "Whoa! You are SHORT! I had no idea!" My secret: big shoes, bigger personality. ... I think that's also Pee-Wee Herman's secret, but whatever.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Look, I've published some novels. I ran a marathon. I finally found a haircut my mother likes. I've done a lot of traveling and I've been incredibly lucky in an industry where the odds are stacked against you daily. But one day I saw Brad Pitt jogging. THAT was a really good day.

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