As the specter of Nikki Finke has been to entertainment journalism, so too once was the aura of Pat Kingsley to celebrity PR. And given Hollywood Reporter executive features editor Stephen Galloway’s wily ways, we’re not at all surprised that it is he who landed Kingsley’s first official post-retirement interview.
Galloway paid a visit to the 81-year-old Kingsley at her Pacific Palisades home the day before Thanksgiving. She remains too classy to spill the beans on former clients and any major contretemps (except for The TODAY Show and Jeff Zucker; what does that say about Zucker?). Rather, the joy of this feature comes largely from the small details about Kingsley’s current life and daily routine:
She gets up around 7:30 or 8 a.m., makes breakfast and does a little exercise. Then she switches on CNN (“I want the news, not opinions”), watches that and sports but relatively little entertainment…
She reads the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times and consumes articles on her beloved iPad. Other than Vanity Fair, there are no magazines she follows regularly, a contrast to her working life. “I read a lot of op-ed pieces, articles from the Washington Post and these long AP pieces that bring me up to speed with certain countries,” she says.
Towards the end of the piece, Kinglsey waxes nostalgic about her most famous client, Tom Cruise, relating a memorable Santa Monica Airport plane ride experience and jumping into a seat warmed by Barry Diller. Read the full interview here.[Photo credit: Austin Hargrove for THR]