Interview by Nancy Rotenier & Lindsay Hahn
Nancy Rotenier: Do you now have a celebrity lifestyle?
NR: Describe a day on the set of Desperate Housewives.
NR: Describe your character’s look.
NR: Do you ever dress like your character, Beth?
NR: Who are your favorite designers?
NR: What is your go-to look?
NR: Any favorites?
NR: Have you made any fashion purchases recently?
NR: Favorite shoes?
NR: At the Gotham Magazine Gala, you stuffed newspaper into your Brian Atwoods to make them fit?
NR: Other DIY beauty or fashion tricks?
NR: What don’t you leave home without?
NR: What is always in your purse?
NR: Are you a natural blonde?
NR: Have any backstage beauty tips?
NR: Fallen in love with any beauty products from Desperate Housewives?
Also, Yves Saint Laurent mascara and Shiseido volumizer for hair. The hairdresser taught me that big hair is my friend.
NR: Were you surprised to be cast on Desperate Housewives?
NR: What do you watch on TV?
NR: Has being on a hit show changed your life?
NR: How do you feel about fame?
NR: Is your routine the same in New York and Los Angeles?
NR: What are your favorite L.A. discoveries?
NR: What’s a great night out in New York?
NR: Your go-to restaurants?
NR: Favorite music?
NR: Do you travel a lot?
NR: Favorite vacation destination?
NR: Do you go down and dirty or luxe?
NR: What are you reading right now?
NR: What’s your favorite all-time book?
NR: As far as the whole Hollywood scene, do you have a crush?
NR: Anything we didn’t cover?
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Nancy Rotenier: Have you always been a matchmaker?
Marni Galison: I’m an attorney by trade. I grew up on Long Island, went to Georgetown undergrad, and Emory Law School. After practicing law for 10 years, I spent my last year feeling there was something else I should be doing.
NR: Why did you decide to start Sunday at Noon?
MG: I lived like my current clients. I was in the office all the time. I had tried online dating, but it wasn’t for me. So, I fell into matchmaking when I realized my own need for it. Sunday at Noon started 2 years ago. At a dinner party, I was talking to a friend who was in his mid-40s who said he wanted a family. I said, “I know people I could set you up with.” He suggested I do it professionally—and he was right. I knew this was something I could do, would be good at, and would be able to help people with. It’s hard for career-minded people, even those who are attractive and well-educated.
NR: Are you married?
MG: No. When I decided to leave law, I realized that since I’m not married and have no children, it was time to do this. I’m 37 years old, so I’m in the trenches with my clients.
NR: Who comes to you for matchmaking?
MG: My clients are well-educated, professional, career-minded people looking to meet someone, but they have left it to the end. For clients in their 40s, I say: “You need to focus on this.” They are at a stage where they want something real. For clients in their 20s, these girls are smart and beautiful and they are getting started, but they don’t want to be the 39-year-olds feeling pressure. And I tell everyone: “Use your time wisely.” It’s being strategic without being desperate.
NR: What do you charge?
MG: The price range is $5,000 to $20,000, and caters to specific needs and budgets. There is no guarantee of marriage, but I do guarantee you will meet quality people that you want to date.
NR: Why are you good at finding Mr. Right?
MG: There is a lack of honesty in a lot of forums. A lot of people are straying from online—it has too many options. But I love helping, and I really care. Many clients don’t want to tell people they met through a matchmaker. I wish I could invent another word for matchmaking; it does have that elderly babushka feel. And it doesn’t help the stigma that caring is totally missing from a lot of matchmaking services. Having a legal background also helps—relationships are a negotiation.
NR: How do you compare with other matchmakers?
MG: I have a different personality from a lot of other matchmakers. I like to take time to get to know my clients, to learn their personalities, to know what they like and dislike. People need to know similarities to find dates more attractive. I also plan the dates to make them as easy as possible, given career-minded people’s schedules. Differences—not everyone loves the Sunday brunch, and many other matchmakers don’t arrange dates.
NR: Do you throw singles parties?
MG: They do not feel like singles events. I threw 1 big launch party for the company, and everyone had such a great time, I decided to do it once a month. They are invitation-only, so people meet like-minded people. There is no meat-market feeling, and guests who meet at my events are still dating.
NR: What’s your edge over a blind date with the neighbor’s grandson?
MG: I get to ask all the tough questions that you shouldn’t ask on the first few dates, then I give clients the background information on potential matches. It’s gathering general information, like who this person is, prior relationship information, were they immediately attracted to the person in their last relationship. I ask about their families, what they are looking for. I explore both prior history and a person’s forward thinking. I get truly excited when I find people to match, and it takes a year to work with each client.
NR: Is everyone ready for love?
MG: The people I work with are usually late 20s to mid 40s. Every matchmaker has a different style. Mine is very subtle. It starts with a phone conversation to see if the person is someone I can work with. I ask: Who are you? What are you looking for? What is going to make you happy? And some people need makeovers, some need to learn manners. Then, I help people to see the patterns in past failed relationships. I’ve seen a lot “Eureka!” moments.
And if you missed it in your inbox, read Matchmaker Marni Galison’s Dating Do’s & Don’ts: How to Land Your Love Match.
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By Katrina Caspelich
Crazy busy hitting the fashion-designer high notes—bag designer, clothing designer, and now jewelry designer—Nicky Hilton recently sat down with us to discuss her latest venture, the Nicky Hilton Collection. This L.A.-based socialite-about-town and sister of Paris just launched her own designer jewelry line. Her fashion-forward necklaces, rings, bracelets, and earrings work with styles from edgy to classic. Nicky also reveals some of her must-have winter items, go-to fashion pieces, and favorite places to shop in NYC.
Katrina Caspelich: When did you discover your love for fashion?
KC: When did you realize you wanted to be a designer?
KC: As a designer, what inspires you?
KC: You were a handbag and clothing designer. Why jewelry?
KC: What is your favorite piece?
KC: What is the price point of your jewelry line?
KC: Who would you love to see in your jewelry?
KC: What type of person do you design for?
KC: Who are your favorite designers?
KC: Who in the fashion industry inspires you?
has gracefully maintained an incredible balance of family and work. Her brand has expanded so much over the last few years—fragrance, luggage, footwear, eyewear, swimwear, etc. She has really built a lifestyle brand.
KC: What is your favorite thing to wear?
KC: Where do you like to shop?
KC: What is your must-have fashion item this winter?
KC: What fashion item should we all own—and splurge on?
KC: What look makes you feel most confident?
KC: Name your favorite vacation purchase.
KC: What 5 things can’t you live without?
Interview by Lindsay Leff
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