Birthplace and date: Paterson, N.J.; Dec. 28, 1941.
Marital status: Married to Donald.
Children: Three grown children.
College: Douglass College at Rutgers University.
Pet: Comet, cat.
Celebrity I most resemble: [Actress] Nancy Marchand.
My most notable characteristic or personality trait: Workaholic.
I'd love to trade places for a day with: George [W.] Bush.
Nobody knows I: Was the president of an Eddie Fisher fan club.
Favorite quote: "Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see." -- Neil Postman
Best movie I've ever seen: "Dirty Dancing."
Best book I've ever read: "The Fortunate Pilgrim," by Mario Puzo.
All-time favorite TV show: "M*A*S*H."
Restaurant in my district where my constituents would most likely run into me: Seibel's [Burtonsville].
My favorite restaurant outside my district: Sam Woo [Rockville].
Birthday cake: Italian cassata [ice cream].
Car I drive: Toyota Camry.
Best car I've ever had: Toyota Camry.
Favorite president: John F. Kennedy. Person in history I would most want to meet: Abraham Lincoln.
Most important influence in my life: My mother.
Favorite vacation place: Bethany Beach.
Most interesting place I ever visited: The bridge over River Kwai [Thailand].
Pet peeve: BlackBerrys and cell phones becoming a distraction.
Impression people have of me that I would most like to change: Not everything is about process.
Impression people have of Montgomery County that I would most like to change: That it is a rich, white, liberal county.
Marilyn Praisner's top film is "The Bridge on the River Kwai," with Alec Guinness.