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Q&A with Erika O'Dowd 

Erika O'Dowd is a fourth-generation Tucsonan, a graduate of University High School and Scripps College in Claremont, Calif. After a three-year stint in New York City, she returned to Tucson, where she spent the first three months just thawing in the sun. In 2000, she established the Cinema La Placita outdoor film series. O'Dowd has also been a Realtor since 2002.

What's the best movie of all time?

Rosemary's Baby. It seems like a creepy choice, but I just love it! There's not a single line of dialogue that doesn't somehow come into play later, and every time I see it, I notice something new. ... It's just a really tight movie.

Who's your favorite movie personality?

I have a big crush on Cary Grant, not like I make a secret of it.

What's your favorite movie snack?

The salty-sweet combo of popcorn and M&Ms is unparalleled! Throw in some Reese's Pieces, just to keep you on your toes.

What's your favorite place in Tucson to catch a flick?

As a Realtor, I spend about eight hours a day in my car, and yet I never get over the novelty of going to the DeAnza Drive-In. You're in your car! And you're watching a movie!

Best video store?

Casa Video, of course. They've just done a really good job of having a very complete selection of mainstream and foreign titles. Plus, it's always good to spend locally.

Best florist?

The Arizona Flower Market next to Rincon Market on Sixth Street. Their arrangements are beautiful, and they last forever!

Best diner?

The Hungry Fox has something called "stuffed French toast," which is cream cheese and cherries sandwiched between two pieces of French toast. Also, they have actual hash browns, which are shredded and crispy.

Best steakhouse?

Daisy Mae's Steakhouse at Anklam Road. Terrific ribs, and actually, everything there is cooked on their mesquite grill; so it's all good.

Best urban landscape?

I love the view you get from the second level of La Placita Village looking out over the plaza, toward the Unisource building. Right as the sun is setting, the treetops are sunlit; the plaza is in the shade; and the windows of the tall buildings reflect the sunlight. It's just lovely.

Best place for ice cream?

My fiancé Josh and I like to get a Brooklyn Ice at Brooklyn Pizza and stroll down Fourth Avenue or though the West University neighborhood looking at nice houses.

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