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On this page, you'll find questions and answers (most recent at the top) related to the craft of acting and René's life and family. For questions and answers on other subjects, or to ask a question of your own, go to our "Ask René a Question" page.

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A question from Artie:

Hi Rene! Is this really Rene?

Hi Artie-
Is this really Artie?

That's the trouble with cyber-space... you'll just have to come to a convention and ask me in person.

All the best-
rené a.
p.s.- last time I looked in the mirror it WAS really me!

Posted here August 29, 2013


A question from Andrea:

It's a virtual pleasure to write you! Just a question about your background. Since your mother's surname is Murat, are you descended from the same Murat from the French Revolution that got killed in his bathtub? Like that famous painting. Or maybe it's a different name...but it sounds so similar! Either way, I'm sure you had ancestors involved in the French Revolution someway, somehow. I appreciate your time for this silly inquiry!

Hi Andrea-
Your thinking of Marat... my great, great, something or other grandfather was Joachim Murat, married to Caroline, Napoleon's sister. He was one of Napoleon's Generals and became King of Naples. By all reports he was a bit of an idiot.

All the best-
rené a.

Posted here August 29, 2013


A question from Jamie:

What do you enjoy more, acting or directing, and why?

Hi Jamie-
I really don't consider myself a director. Acting is what I've dedicated my creative life to.

Best-
rené a.

Posted here August 29, 2013


A question from Anonymous:

hey i'm a fan and i was just wondering how you do the subtle emotions so well? I've played Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker and have found that those subtle emotions are often the most important. Also, what is your fave memory from DS9?

Hi... uh "no signature" Fan -
Yes, the subtle emotions are usually the most important when it comes to getting the audience to suspend disbelief... and, when you're acting for the camera lens, it becomes even more important. It's taken me years to get close to achieving that.

As for a fave memory from DS9... oh dear! Too many to single one out!

Thanks for your anonymous message.

Best-
rené a.

Posted here August 29, 2013


A question from Jackie:

I am a big fan of DS9 and particularly the character of Odo, obvious really otherwise I wouldn't be here, although I've only just found the site. I first saw you in Benson, another show that me and my family loved. My question is, do you have any specific criteria when choosing a role to play?

Dear Jackie-
I've always tried to live by the rule of three... as long as at least two of the three are fulfilled.

1) The role should be challenging.
2) The work should seem like it would be fun to do.
3) The remuneration should make it possible to support my family.

Sometimes all three coincide...

Best-
rené a.

Posted here August 29, 2013


A question from Virginia:

I remember seeing photographs of yourself and Rémy(?) in a book about one of the natural childbirthing methods. Can you tell me- if you can remember- which book it was?

I told my husband about this but have no way to prove it.

Hi Virginia-
The book was Moving Through Pregnancy by Elizabeth Bing, a leading proponent of the Lamaz technique for childbirth. My wife Judith was the model while she was pregnant with our son Rémy. The book has since been updated and revised with a different young(er) couple.

Best-
rené a.

Posted here August 29, 2013


A question from Brenna:

I was reading the "Philidelphia 2000 convention" report and it mentioned that you were reading Harry Potter. I'm a huge fan and in my early 20s so I find it interesting to find out what, forgive me (Ferengi cringe), the older audience thinks of it.

I'm curious, how big a fan are you of the books? What made you want to read them? Have the movies lived up to the books, in your eye? (despite all they've left out I think they have, you can only put so much on screen.) And do you think that these will withstand the test of time like Dickens, Doyle, Tolkein, and the like?

Thank you!

Dear Brenna-
I'm waiting eagerly for #7. It's already ordered. I love good fantasy/magic/kids books.

"Have the movies lived up to the books, in your opinion?"
I think they've gotten better with each installment.

"And do you think that these will withstand the test of time..."
Absolutely!

All the best-
rené a.

Posted here July 20, 2007


A question from Michael:

Dear Mr. Auberjonois,
My name is Michael Brown, one out of so many trekkies/trekkers out there in the World. I've been a Star Trek Fan since I was 7 and ever since
Star Trek:DS9 came on the air in '92, your character in that DS9 cast was one that fascinated me the most. I've also noticed your guest appearances in many other features, including the voice acting role of Xyber 9. How all do you like acting? What does it feel like to be famous?

By the way, I was wondering what you thought of the "William Shatner Roast" that happened a few months ago. I noticed you and many of the other Star Trek cast members in the audience were there. When I saw it, I thought I was going to just DIE from LAUGHTER.

Dear Michael-
Thanks for your message and kind words. You had three questions.

1) How do I like acting? Well it's the only thing I ever wanted to do. I consider myself very lucky to have been able to make a life as an actor.

2)What does it feel like to be famous? I don't think about it much. I'm a character actor.... that means I can pass through life without being recognized at every turn.

3) What did I think of the Shatner Roast? I was pretty uncomfortable. I thought it was often cruel, and always vulgar.

Best-
rené a.

Posted here July 1, 2007


A question from Lynne:

When I see all of the new reality shows based on dance, such as Dancing With The Stars, it reminds me of the wonderful scene in "His Way" where Odo is dancing with Kira. Even with knowing that Nana Visitor is a trained dancer, you looked splendid and you looked like you know your way around the dance floor. I know that it was common practice in the past for children to be taught to ballroom dance. Were you taught as a youth? What do you think of the reemerging interest and increasing popularity of ballroom and other forms of dancing? Do you think you would be interested in trying something like Dancing With The Stars? I figure if Jerry Springer at 63 could compete, a gentleman of your obvious grace and agility would do well.

Dear Lynne-
I took a few ballroom dancing classes when I was a kid... hated it. My mom tried desperately to teach me how to waltz... a failure. I've danced quite often on the stage... you can fool all of the people some of the time.

Oh Gad! I'd never even consider Dancing With the Stars. Oy! I'd rather bungee jump. )o;

All the best-
rené a.

Posted here July 1, 2007


A question from Joe:

hello rené,
I'd just like to say i'm not a trekkie or whatever there called but i did like you as odo in star trek : deep space nine and i'm just wondering , as an actor how difficult is it for you to hide your accent for starters and also how did you manage to keep a straight face almost all through every joke and comical moment? It's just brilliant and i don't think except for some random vulcans on star trek (yes i know i don't know their names haha) you are one of the few actors i've seen keep a straight face.

Dear Joe-
I'm not sure if you think because of my name being so foreign, I should have an accent to go with it... I was born and raised in the U.S. of A.

As for keeping a straight face... that's not so hard to do when your face is covered with rubber. (o;

All the best-
rené a.

Posted here July 1, 2007


A question from Amit:

Dear Mr. Auberjonois,
I am a huge fan of 'Benson', and I feel that your portrayal of Clayton Endicott III gave true meaning to the word 'CLASS' and 'sophistication', will you ever consider actually running for office or writing a book about your distinguished life?

Dear Amit-
Thanks for your kind words.

I certainly would NOT consider running for any kind of political office. Heaven forbid! (o; As for writing a book... well... probably not... I'm too busy using my free time to work on my photography and art.

All the best-
rené a.

Posted here July 1, 2007


A question from Danny:

Hello sir,
I have no idea your politial affiliation but I would like to know if you have ever percieved a bias against conservatives in theatre or film.

Thank you for your time.

Dear Danny-
I believe that theatre and film tend to present a more progressive or liberal stance. But I do not think that there is a bias against conservatives. In my experience, the majority of artists of all types are liberal.

Best wishes-
rené a.

Posted here November 1, 2006


A question from George:

Hello,
Thank you for taking time to answer, I am an actor as well and I was doing some research on differant books and your name was mentioned amoung others and I wanted to know how you feel about Bob Fraser's book
You Must Act. I look forward to your answer.

Dear George-
I think Bob's book is an invaluable resource for actors at any stage of their career. I believe that he has a testimonial from me on his website.

Best-
rené a.

Posted here November 1, 2006


A question from Steve:

Hi René!
I am a great admirer of your voice-work as well as your on-screen acting, and was wondering if you could give me any advice on how to get involved in working as a voiceover artist. I've always enjoyed, and been good at, doing impressions and making up funny voices, and I know that I could be a useful voice-actor! (I'm modest too!) I just have no idea how to get into it. Any help at all that you could give me would be massively appreciated, though I fully understand that you may not be able to reply due to your working commitments etc. Thank you, and keep up the good work!

Dear Steve-
I don't know where you live, but it's important to be in one of the major marketplaces ( N.Y., L.A., or Chicago ) and to have an agent. The truth is, it's an extremely competitive field, and very difficult to break into.

Good luck-
rené a.

Posted here November 1, 2006


A question from Ginger:

Dear René,

As I type the salutation, my southern upbringing is yelling at me about the informality of my greeting. Starting a letter should not be this difficult! But you've been entertaining me since Benson and I have a hard time thinking of you as anything but an 'old friend' - hence the informal "Dear René."

All rambling aside, I do have a question. How much of the physical characteristics of a character (the posture, the walk, the voice, the speech pattern, etc) comes from the director or from the script and how much of it is left to the actor's interpretation? Or does it depend on the medium? If a lot of the physicality of the character is left up to the actor, how do you decide?

Your talent has amazed me for years. (I couldn't act my way out of a paper bag!) Thanks for giving life to such unforgettable characters. 'Clayton' made me laugh and 'Odo' made me feel. And your character in Sly Fox made me grateful for bladder control. (o: There are many others, but I'll spare you the recitation. All the best to you and your family.

Dear Ginger-
Thanks for your kind words.

As for your question, it is usually the actor who brings the physical and vocal interpretation to the character. The writer may describe some elements, and the director will cast the actor he feels will be able to supply what he imagines. Sometimes the actor will immediately have a concept, and sometimes it will evolve during rehearsals. In Sly Fox, for example, I had seen an illustration by Arthur Rackham for a children's story of a little old man walking with bent knees. That's how I started in rehearsals and everyone seemed pleased with it... everyone but my knees!

Best-
rené a.

Posted here November 1, 2006


A question from Molly:

I'm 32 years old and have always wanted to become an actor. I did amateur stuff when I was in high school and have been on extra on a film that I think went straight to video. What sorts of advice do you have for an "older" girl like me wanting to become a movie or TV actor?

Also, do you plan on coming or have you ever been to Winnipeg?

Thanks!

Dear Molly-
To be brutally frank... keep acting in whatever venue is available to you in your own "territory"... don't give up your day job. Just act anywhere you can, and just do it for the joy of it.

Never been to Winnipeg...would love to some day.

Good luck!
rené a.

Posted here March 6, 2006


A question from Kim:

Dear Mr. Auberjonois,
First of all, I'm a big fan. If I weren't I doubt I would be visiting this site. LOL! I truly love the character of Odo even though I doubt I have been watching
DS9 near as long as a lot of your fans. I just started watching it when I was 13 (I'm 15 now). Just after I started watching it my father died and it hit me hard. Watching Star Trek gave me a lot of hope for a better tommorrow. Your character made me smile when I needed it most.

So Thank You!

Now onto the question. I noticed that one of your hobbies is photography. My U.S. History teacher (who is a woman who is only about 10 years older than me yet seems to have been everywhere) enjoys photography as well. The most interesting thing she does is what she calls Composite Photography in which she takes a lot of little pictures of the pieces of something and then puts all the photos together like a big puzzle. She has one on the wall in class of the Eiffel Tower. Have you ever tried this?

Dear Kim-
Thanks for your message. It's always gratifying to hear that the work one does can have such a positive effect on people's lives.

Yes, photography is a real passion of mine. I am now doing most of my work on the computer. The only Composite Photography I've done is with regular 35mm film. You should ask your teacher if she's familiar with the photographic work of the artist David Hockney.

My best to you-
rené a.

Posted here March 6, 2006


A question from Daisy:

Hello. I'm a great fan of yours and you're a wonderful actor. I hope someday to see you at a Star Trek convention. Here's my question: I was wondering, what would you be doing if you hadn't gone into acting? Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Dear Daisy-
If I hadn't become an actor I probably would be an artist or photographer...two things I do in my spare time.
Here's hoping we meet some day at a convention.

Best-
rené a.

Posted here January 17, 2006


A question from Elise:

Dear Mr Auberjonois,
Since my boyfriend and I are French, we don't have difficulties to pronounce your name! We both are very fond of
Star Trek and particularly appreciate its values of respect between different cultures. Of course Odo is the best expression of those values and we were delighted to see your French name in the credits: the cast is also a melting pot! We've been through various hypothesis: are you Canadian? from old New Orleans French families? Now I know your grandfather was Swiss and you spent time in Paris. So there are my questions: did you went back to France, and did you met French fans?

Thank you for your great performance, and the kindness and intelligence you express.

Dear Elise-
Yes, my name is Suisse - from Lausanne. My mother was French - Laura Murat. Yes, I've been to France many times - to Paris, of course, and to my sister's home near Nimes and to see my niece who lives in Grenoble.

All the best-
rené a.

Posted here January 17, 2006


A question from Robin:

First I'd like to say that I think you're a great actor and it's really nice of you to participate in this forum. Hope you're still lovin' that computer, did you get an iPod yet? :)

I'd like to know if you have any tips on how to deal with stage fright and performance anxiety. I've suffered from severe stage fright since I was a child and have given up many opportunities due to my inablilty to perform in front of an audience. I was a music major, but couldn't graduate because I was unable to perform in front of an audience. (I got a Math degree instead. Whee, fun!). I've passed up television auditions because I would have to stop and throw up on my way there and then couldn't bring myself to go in. (I thought trying acting would help, jump in with both feet! and guess I wasn't too bad, I got an agent my first day out!). Needless to say, it didn't work. Have you ever had to deal with this problem? Have you worked with anyone who had stage fright? What's a good way to deal with it?

Dear Robin-
Yes, everyone encounters stage fright at one time or another. Even the great Laurence Olivier was overcome with the malady.

It's not uncommon for people to feel sick to their stomachs and even throw up before performing.

There's really no "cure"...you just have to decide if it's worth going through the "agony" for the "ecstasy".

Just remember to BREATHE.

If that doesn't help...well perhaps your body is trying to tell you that performing isn't for you.

Good luck-
rené a.

Posted here August 22, 2005


A question from Neil:

Dear Mr. A,
In hanging out with Armin I'm sure many interesting things have happened. Is there a moment that you both shared that sticks out as something really special, serious, or funny?

Dear Neil-
Armin was and remains one of my very dearest friends...we've shared so many wonderful times together that it would be virtually impossible to choose one above another.

Thanks for your interest,
All the best-
rené a.

Posted here April 12, 2005


A question from Mike:

Hello sir---thanx for making me laugh & for making sit on the edge of my seat (from Benson to Trek)...my two questions would be:

(a) your very name and stature in some appearnaces make me think of you as "aristocratic"....are you aristocratic by lineage, or is this just good acting from a regular guy??

and (B) have you been to Canada much, or more specifically my home province of Ontario?

Mike-
Thanks for your questions.

a) My mother was born with the title Princess Laura Murat, a direct descendant of Joachim Murat, King of Naples, brother-in-law to Napoleon Bonapart. Does that sound aristocratic?

b) I've spent a good deal of time in Western Canada...less in the East...some in Toronto and some in Montreal.

Best-
rené a.

Posted here April 12, 2005


A question from Leslie:

Hello,
I am a conductor and am studying the score of
L'Histoire du Soldat by Igor Stravinsky. In the Chester edition of the score, there is a reprint of the details of the first performance in 1924. In that reprint, it says "Petit theatre et Costumes de Rene Auberjonois". Obviously, it can't be you because of the date, but does it refer to a relative of yours? Quite a coincidence because it is exactly the same name and related to the theatre.

Since I am writing to you I must add that I enjoyed your work tremendously as Odo, and your other roles as well.

Dear Leslie-
The René Auberjonois who designed the sets and costumes for the first production of L'Histoire du Soldat was my grandfather. He was a post-impressionist Swiss painter and it is the only time he worked in a theatrical form.

Thanks for your interest,
Best-
rené a.

Posted here April 12, 2005


A question from Chuck:

Hello René,

Thanks for the contribution to the entertainment industry. You are such a gleamingly polished character actor, adding depth & dimension to all scripts you're involved with. But I put a lot of thought into pronouncing your last name, and I was crushed to find that I was waaay off! So tell me please, what is the longest French name YOU'VE ever heard, because your name is at the top of my list and, to date, the most challenging to pronounce.

And I'm still waiting for that DS9 movie! It would be true folly to pass that up!

Dear Chuck-
Don't hold your breath!

Thanks for you kind words...and don't worry about pronouncing the name...even French people stumble over it.

Best-
rené a.

Posted here November 10, 2004


A question from Elizabeth:

Mr. Auberjonois,

What was the factor that prompted you to start acting? Also, did you ever think of doing improv on Whose Line is it Anyway? as a side thing?

Dear Elizabeth-
Acting was all I ever wanted to do...I decided that when I was six years old...I guess I just never wanted to grow up! (o;

The thought of doing improv on TV gives me nightmares.

Best-
rené a.

Posted here November 10, 2004


A question from Justin:

Hi René,

I recently met Micheal Dorn at a comic book show I went to with my father. I asked him how he got his start in acting. He said he went to Paramount and auditioned for a role in Star Trek. Well, he seemed busy so I was not able to get a lot of detail. My question to you is, where should I go to audition for Star Trek?

Dear Justin-
Unfortunately, unless you have an agent in Hollywood, the chances of getting an audition are very slim. Sorry...but that's the hard truth about 'the biz'.

Good luck,
rené a.

Posted here November 10, 2004


A question from Mark:

I've been enjoying your work for years, especially on Benson, so was recently startled to discover you are my fourth cousin. My, what an interesting family you come from! Did having all of those creative relations (and princesses) make it easier to take up acting? So many actors face family objections.

Dear Fourth Cousin-

I come from a long line of artistic people...so they were very supportive of my choice to pursue acting.

Thanks for your kind words.
rené a.

Posted here November 10, 2004


A question from Lynne:

You have a great talent with voices. Do you think that growing up in the U.S., Paris, and London promoted your ability?

Dear Lynne-

Hmmm...interesting. I have no idea. Perhaps listening to all those different voices did contribute.

Thanks for your kind words,
Best- rené a.

Posted here May 14, 2004


A question from Eric:

Dear Mr. Auberjonois,

I have a question. Who was the most fun to work with? In a movie or t.v. show, actor or actress? I wish you the best with the Broadway show. Keep on doing your thing.

Dear Eric-

That's an impossible question to answer. I've worked with so many talented and kind people who have given me great joy and many laughs. I couldn't possible choose one.

All the best- rené auberjonois

Posted here April 14, 2004


A question from Teri:

Dear René,

I just wanted to take a moment to say how much I enjoy watching you perform. I traveled with a Christian theatre group for 2 1/2 years, and am currently a drama teacher at a middle school here in Orlando, FL. One of the things I have been focusing on with my students is characterization; namely, being real to the character and not "overacting." Your dedication to the acting craft is amazing, because, no matter who you are playing, I never see "René the actor", but a 3-D embodiment of a character.

I was wondering if you might be willing to share any insights into the acting profession and/or what you do to prepare yourself to become a character with my students?

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope you have a wonderfully blessed day!

Dear Teri-

Thank you for your kind words.

As for acting tips...hmmm...I just try to tell the TRUTH. That doesn't mean you have to be REAL...you can make very bold choices as far as your character is concerned...but you have to tell the TRUTH.

All the best- rené auberjonois

Posted here April 14, 2004


A question from Marsha:

Hello René!

I'm a great fan of yours. Your character Odo on DS9 is one of my favorites. You're pretty cool yourself. I'm borrowing my friend's e-mail to ask this question. How is you're family doing these days? I read that both you're children are actors.

Dear Marsha-

Thanks for your message. Yes, both of our "children" are actors...very talented actors who work mostly in the theater. Our son, Rémy, will be seen in a few weeks on The Sopranos as a therapist. Keep your eye out for him.

Best- rené a.

Posted here April 14, 2004


A question from Tim and Lucy:

Hi René,

Can you please put our minds to rest? On holiday in July 1998, my wife and I were in the bar of the Argyll Hotel in Inverary, West Scotland. We were alone in the bar when someone walked in, sat at the bar and ordered some quite expensive single malt whisky. He smiled and said "hello" and after much debate and knashing of teeth we were sure it was Dr Tewkesbury!

Was it you René?

Thank you for your time,
Tim and Lucy
Peterborough, England

Dear Tim and Lucy-

I confess it must have been me. I also confess that for my 60th birthday (three years ago) I gave up drinking alcohol. The only thing I miss is the occasional expensive single malt whisky.

Best- rené a.

Posted here April 14, 2004


A question from Daniel:

Dear René,

I have only really had the honor of seeing you perform with Star Trek: Deep Space Nine; however, your role as Odo was very brilliantly played and I don't believe anyone could have filled that role as well as you have. I have a few questions and comments I'd like to ask and express - I'll try to make them as brief as possible with being specific.

You've said you don't really consider yourself a singer; in one DS9 episode, you were singing to yourself in Captain Sisko's office. I found it to sound quite soothing. You may not "be a singer", but your vocals are pleasant. You've mentioned that your name, René, was "perceived as a 'girl's name'" in the 1950's. Gender is extremely irrelevant; your name René is very belonging to you. It sounds exquisite and artistic. You are very much an artist and your parents named you perfectly.

You describe yourself as "prickly" and "shy"; do you think your own personality helped develop the character Odo, specifically in his shy manner? Also, do you believe your passion for Kira in the series was just acting or taken from passions in your own life, perhaps for your wife?

Best of luck. I'm hoping to see you more, perhaps cast in a somewhat recent movie. If there are specific roles you liked very much, I would welcome your suggestions on what to view.

Dear Daniel-

Thanks for you kind words. I can answer your two questions with one word...yes.

The website has a very complete bio of my work which you might enjoy hunting for, either on TV or at your local video outlet.

Thanks again-
Best wishes....rené a.

Posted here January 22, 2004


A question from Talia:

Hi René,

I was wondering what software you use to create your "doodles." Also, do you hand draw them, or do you use a mouse?

Dear Talia-

I use Photoshop on my Apple and I have a Wacom tablet with a pen...so I can 'draw'.

Best- rené auberjonois

Posted here January 22, 2004


A question from Justin S.:

Dear René,

I am a bit of a fan. I have watched Star Trek for a long time (which my father got me into.) And liked the good acting you did in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Then I was surprised to find out that you did voice acting in one of my favorite video games, "Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver" and now "Legacy of Kain: Defiance". I just turned 18 and am looking at trying a carrer of acting. My question to you is what collage would you suggest I go to. I live in Michigan. but I don't believe their are any good acting classes I can take here.

Thanks in advance.

Justin-

There are a number of good schools with drama programs. Try to get a copy of American Theater magazine. There will be lots listed.

The premier schools are (in no particular order):
Julliard
Carnegie-Mellon
Northwestern
U.C.L.A.

Good luck!
rené auberjonois

Posted here November 12, 2003


A question from Nevaeh:

Dear Mr. Auberjonois,

Halloween has come and gone. I wanted to know if you believe in the paranormal and if so, have you had any spooky experiences that you would like to share with us?

This is absolutly true.

When I was thirteen years old we lived on a small winding road in the countryside outside of New York City. The house was very old...pre-Revolutionary War. It was originally an inn.

It was winter. Raining hard. My brother (twelve years old) and I were alone in the house. Our parents were just up the road having dinner with friends. Since we'd finished our homework, Mike and I were sitting in front of the fireplace playing cards at a low table.

There was a knock at the door. The man standing there in the rain knew our names and asked if our parents were home. We told him they weren't but would be soon.

He asked if he could wait. We invited him in. (You must realize that this was in the 1950s and the world seemed a safer place.)

He entered and removed his raincoat. He noticed that we had been playing cards.

For the next hour or so he performed the most wonderous magic tricks I have ever seen.

Then he put on his coat. Said goodnight....and left.

When our folks got home and we told them their "friend" had stopped by...they were mystified...and a bit horrified. Our description of the 'visitor' (who never introduced himself) resembled an old army friend of my Dad's who had died in the war.

I can still see him so clearly...and I've described some of the tricks he performed for us to other magicians...no one seems to have any knowledge of them.

rené auberjonois

Posted here November 12, 2003


A question from Jennifer:

How would you describe your personality?

uhhh...prickly, shy...hey! I'm a Gemini!

Posted here October 20, 2003


A question from Danielle Dionne-Wosu

I loved Benson and my son was a great fan of DS9. We still watch reruns of the latter whenever possible. Too bad it ended.

I was wondering, question stupide maybe - parlez vous francais ou suisse allemand?

I hope I did not take too much of your time.

Dear Danielle--

There's no such thing as a "stupide" question.

I'm embarrassed to say that my French (Suisse or otherwise) is very rusty. I did speak it as a child but when my family moved back to the U.S.A. and both my parents were working as writers ( English being their second language), we stopped speaking it 'round the house. Besides, growing up in the '50s with a name (René) that was perceived as a "girl's name", I did everything I could to assimilate...so French sorta evaporated from my mind.

Whenever I visit my sister, who lives in Lausanne, or find myself in Paris, I have no trouble understanding most of what is said...but I still resist speaking. I think I'd have to spend an extended amount of time there to really bring it back.
Best- rené a.

Posted here August 24, 2003


A question from Sue

I've noticed in some photos, that you seem to be wearing two bracelets on your right arm. This brought to mind the tradition in some countries of wearing a bracelet for each child - would this be true, in your case?

Also, while perusing Dr. Elisabeth Bing's 1975 book, Moving Through Pregnancy, I noticed your cute pup, and was wondering what breed it was - it resembled a poodle, but the face looked like a terrier's! What other kinds of dogs have you had?

Thank you!

Dear Sue-

Well I do have two children (grown) who I adore. One of the bracelets is Native American (my son wears one like it) the other is Morrocan (my daughter has a similar one) so I guess you could say that they symbolize our bond.

The puppy's name was Willy and he was a poodle.

We've had three dogs since: Molly (now gone and resting in our backyard under a guava tree) and Riley and Cleo (both happy and healthy) all three - mutts.

Take care-
--René Auberjonois

Posted here August 23, 2000


A question from Leanna

comments: Hi! This question is non-work related *grins*: How did you and the lovely Judith first meet?

Dear Leanna-

Judith and I met in college...Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University) in 1960. I was a Senior Drama Major. She was a Freshman.

We've been married for 36 years!!! Unbelievable.

Thanks for your message.
René Auberjonois

Posted here January 25, 2000


A question from Jenny

(Here's my attempt to win the Unoriginal question of the millenium prize)
Are you going to do a convention in the U.K in the next few years?

Love your dead whizzy doodles, by the way.

cheers, Jen

Dear Jenny-

Don't know about a con in the U.K. The last one I was supposed to do was canceled. Just keep bugging the powers that be.

What's a dead whizzy doodle?

Best - René A.

Posted here January 6, 2000

Jenny's reply: In answer to your question,
dead whizzy doodles = really good pictures (roughly speaking). Wonderful things, regional accents.

All the best, Jenny

Posted here January 9, 2000


A question from Ina Hark:

When you are creating a new character, do you always think that character through beginning with a blank slate, or do you sometimes think of a characterization you've done before and edit it a bit, or turn it around 180 degrees?

No matter which way you develop a characterization, are there any two characters you've done whom you think are most like each other?

Ina, a fan since your stunning Edgar in the James Earl Jones King Lear

Dear Ina-
How great that you remember that production of KING LEAR!

It's one of my favorite theatrical experiences. I played Lear when I was 25 and then the Fool when I was 28 and I always thought Edgar was an impossible/thankless role...boy was I wrong! I learned that he's the true hero of the piece and one of the most complex and fascinating characters Shakespeare ever created. Thanks for reminding me.

In answer to your question: I always think I'm creating a totally new character...of course, when you've been doing it as long as I have you're bound to keep using some of the same colors...also you realize that a lot of yourself is revealed even though you think the character has nothing in common with the "real" you.

Thanks for your kind words.
Best- Rene Auberjonois

Posted here April 19, 1998.


The following question was posed by several RAIL members, starting with Judith's brother, Albert. :-)

"What is your recipe for chicken wings?"

CHICKEN WINGS? I haven't made them in ages...not since Tessa went off to college and became a vegan. But just "wing it" so to speak. I mix up a batch of soy sauce/rice vinegar/sesame oil/hot sauce/ginger/brown sugar...put the wings in a pyrex dish and cook in the oven on a low setting 'til they're done...then I put them under the broiler and turn them till they're crispy...I think that's how...I never follow recipes...I just bumble around and sometimes it works. My daughter used to love them.

Posted here April 12, 1998.


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