I love this olding woman, who feels perfectly comfortable being exactly herself. Don’t call her “legendary,” or “iconic,” please. She “doesn’t like all the bells and whistles.” Would rather be alone with her dogs — or traveling, endlessly, to discover not only new vistas, but who she used to be — way back, way way back. As she says, when the short term memory begins to fade, the long term memory blooms, stretching back further than this lifetime.
Matt Lauer pulls off this Today interview, expertly covering up what is apparent to me: an acute discomfort with how she, batting those bright mascara-rimmed eyes that have “never been worked on,” proceeds, as usual, to blast his conceptual helmut wide open.