The perfect dinner party is something you can hear with your eyes closed. The hum of conversation, the sparkle of ladies’ laughter, the low rumble of good-natured debate, the clink of champagne glasses, the whisper of napkins and dresses. It’s something you can sense – the fragrances, the dimness of the light, the warmth. But the cornerstone of any ideal dinner party is, without a doubt, its guest list.
Marilyn Monroe and Winston Churchill sit at the heads of our dream dinner table – charming, smart and bold in spades. Of all our 1,200+ votes (each voter got 3 votes), it was this ultimate American female icon and ultimate British male icon of the 20th century who made it to the top.
But our top table of twenty is littered with greats – literary luminaries like J. K. Rowling, political figures including Barack Obama, Mohandas Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, and icons of strength like Malala Yousafzai. We also had numerous votes for scientists like Marie Curie and Albert Einstein and even world-famous entertainers such as Beyoncé made the list of our ideal dinner guests.