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."
September 4, 1988
Kingsley is described as "a fierce guardian of one of the 1980s' most precious commodities--access to the stars." Well, nothing has changed in the standard operating procedure of the celebrity publicity world! During the 1950s and 1960s, we publicists, too, guarded that precious commodity. But we weren't fierce--in fact, we were pussycats compared to the apparent tigers today. And we had a realistic goal: mutual cooperation between press and press agents--neither much good without the other.