And Now: Brutally Frank Relationship Advice from a 98yo Woman
Excerts from the interview in Esquire magazine.
Interviewee: Pauline, 98, retired mother of two. Divorced. Lives in Florida; grew up in New York. Married in 1923, 1941, and 1959.
"First of all, you have to be sexually compatible. That’s very important. If anyone tells you different, they’re nuts."
You’ve been married three times. Tell me about the first.
"Oh, Christ. The first time was right after I graduated from prep school. I was seventeen years old—what did I know about living? Nothing. He wasn’t for me but I married him anyway. I didn’t know any better. I had my kids with him, so it was worth it. Then I divorced him. Then someone fixed me up with a man from Chattanooga. He was the cheapest son of a bitch that ever lived. So I divorced him, too."
What else didn’t you like about him?
"I’m telling you a very intimate thing here…[lowers her voice.] His ding-dong was very small. So he went for an operation and they made it bigger."
Who was one of her lovers?
"He was married! [laughs] His daughter was married to my brother, okay?"
The Entire Esquire Interview