Birthplace and date: Chicago; Sept. 3, 1939.
Marital status: Married.
Ambrose said the most interesting place that she has visited is Australia.
Children: Moira, 41; Michael, 39; Nelly, 33; Peggy, 31.
College: Xavier University, Chicago.
Celebrity I most resemble: Katharine Hepburn.
My most notable characteristic or personality trait: A good sense of humor.
I'd love to trade places for a day with: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Favorite quote: "Don't get mad, get even."
Best movie I've ever seen: "Casablanca."
Best book I've ever read: "Little Women," by Louisa May Alcott.
Favorite TV show of all time: "M.A.S.H."
Birthday cake: Chocolate with chocolate fudge icing.
Car I drive: I don't drive, much to the relief of my children.
Politician I most admire: Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski.
Favorite president: Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Person in history I would most want to meet: Dolley Madison.
Most important influence in my life: My grandfather, a labor activist and lifelong Democrat.
Pet peeve: People who don't keep their word.
Impression people have of me that I would most like to change: That I'm aloof.
Impression people have of the District that I would most like to change: That it's dangerous.