July 10, 1988 |
(Beep.) " Paaat? " " What? " " Sally Field on 1. " " I'll call back. " The clock ticks. Ninety minutes pass. Pat Kingsley still doesn't call back, even though Sally Field is a friend and valued client--proving there is truth in the lore that Patricia Kingsley, celebrity publicist, can be a very difficult woman to reach. Of course, she doesn't see it quite that way.
September 14, 1997 |
When Charlie Chaplin won his honorary Oscar in 1972, Pat Kingsley was at his side backstage. When Courtney Love transformed herself from a drug-using punk rocker to a svelte Oscar contender, that was Kingsley's doing. Ellen DeGeneres' revelation that, yep, she was gay? Kingsley's fingerprints were all over that one, too.
August 21, 1997 |
Pat Kingsley makes her living as a partner for PMK, a Los Angeles-area public-relations firm, advising high-powered Hollywood clients such as Tom Cruise and Michelle Pfeiffer how to maintain and improve their public image. Asked about the star-studded Dallas Cowboys, who are trying to spruce up their tarnished reputation, Kingsley said, "It's not working. "I always thought of the Cowboys as America's Team, going back to players such as Roger Staubach. What's happening now saddens me."
November 2, 1997
When Pat Kingsley arrived in Hollywood, I was already in independent public relations, an alumnus of 20th Century Fox, where the late Harry Brand (husband of Sybil) taught us publicists to befriend the press ("Don't Let the Smile Fool You," by Hilary de Vries, Sept. 14). Kingsley showed all of us another approach: Protect the stars from the press. Decide when and where they will be interviewed. Keep a distance between their lives and the lives of those in the media. Give the celebrities more time and opportunities to a life away from the press.