There are three great rules to celebrity interviewing. First, go through the cuttings files to see what has already been written; second, read their biography (or several); third, check the day's news for any change in status or circumstance.
Designer Abram Games, best known for his war posters and iconic illustrations for the London Underground, was posthumously honoured earlier this year when the Royal Mail chose him as one of 10 "Remarkable Lives" from those born in 1914 to appear on a stamp.
Michael Rudman does not fit the stereotype of the American Jewish director. He is not small and bespectacled and he is not from New York. Rudman is tall and his Texan accent is largely undiminished by more than half-a-century in the UK. And, as we chat in his Chelsea sitting room, it would certainly be easier to imagine him in a stetson than a kippah.
Ten in the morning might as well be the crack of dawn for most comics, given that they are notoriously late risers. But New Yorker Lucie Pohl has stirred herself from her bed to speak about her Edinburgh Festival debut.
Kay Mellor has made her name writing TV shows which build tough themes into popular drama, from Band of Gold to Fat Friends and The Syndicate. However, one of the subjects closest to her heart is only just now being dramatised. In the Club - which started on BBC1 on Tuesday night - follows the experiences of a group of heavily pregnant women and their partners in the run-up to the births.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but student artist Gideon Summerfield might consider that estimate modest. Over 10 weeks last summer, Summerfield set himself the challenge of befriending members of Jewish Care's Holocaust Survivors Centre in Hendon and then getting their consent to sketch their portraits.
A fashionable 15 minutes late for our interview, Suzy Menkes arrives at her surprisingly modestly-sized office at Condé Nast International near Regent Street, trademark high quiff in place and clutching two stylish but practical Longchamp bags.
As Shep Gordon was driving to Oprah Winfrey's house for dinner last week, a thought struck him. "I went, 'Oh my God, you're this little Jewish kid from Long Island and you're going to have dinner with Oprah Winfrey.