Interviews

Sawatsky Sign-Off: Fame and Fun

CTV – June 25, 2020

By Adam Sawatsky


‘Nanaimo Girl’ reveled in the high life with big time celebrities, memoir reveals

Vancouver Sun – May 29, 2020

By Dana Gee

Prudence Emery with Alice Cooper's wings from the 2009 film Suck. The Toronto shot movie also included other rock luminaries Iggy Pop, Henry Rollins and Alex Lifeson.   Photo credit: Handout
Prudence Emery with Alice Cooper’s wings from the 2009 film Suck. The Toronto-shot movie also included other rock luminaries Iggy Pop, Henry Rollins and Alex Lifeson. HANDOUT

Prudence Emery has been called a lot of things, including a pit bull by Jude Law and a pistol by Michael Douglas.

But one thing’s for certain: You could never call her boring.

Emery, now 83, spent a lifetime in the public relations racket. Most notably with the legendary top-drawer establishment The Savoy Hotel in London (during the Swinging Sixties, no less) and numerous movies including Black Christmas, Hotel New Hampshire, Good Will Hunting and 10 of David Cronenberg’s offerings. She also helped launch a TV network and a zoo.

“I didn’t go searching out for these things — they came to me,” Emery said recently over the phone from her Oak Bay area apartment. “I don’t understand it myself.”

“Imagine going to London for a month and staying for five and a half years?”

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Here and Now Toronto with Gill Deacon

CBC Radio – May 5, 2020

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Publicist Shares Memories of Life Among the Stars

Times Colonist Newspaper – May 2, 2020

By Mike Devlin

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Prudence Emery with Nicolas Cage

After several decades abroad, Nanaimo native Prudence Emery finally moved back to Vancouver Island in 2007. But the 83-year-old former film-industry publicist did not trade her starry social circles for her condominium in Oak Bay to fade quietly into black.

Emery used the quietude to write a page-turning memoir, Nanaimo Girl. “I wanted to call the book Death By Champagne, Emery said — a reference to her once-lavish lifestyle, which orbited around swinging London in the late 1960s and the movie industry in the 1990s. “But the publisher insisted on Nanaimo Girl.”

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All Points West with Kathryn Marlow

CBC RadioApril 30, 2020

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Longtime film publicist releases memoir, ‘Nanaimo Girl’

Nanaimo News Bulletin – April 27, 2020

By Josef Jacobson

Prudence sitting on the roof of the Savoy, overlooking the Thames

Prudence Emery’s life has taken her to the lofty world of celebrity, high society and show business, but it all started in a small coal and lumber town in the 1930s.

Emery, a longtime film publicist and public relations officer, recently released her memoir, Nanaimo Girl. In the book she recalls her interactions with some of the biggest celebrities of the past 50 years and includes the stories that were the most “funny, unusual and sexy, in that order.”

“I felt quite happy and actually somewhat amazed that I’d done all that stuff,” Emery said. “Because as I say in the book, I had ‘sheer lack of direction’ which took me everywhere.”

After a mischievous youth that saw her go through two boarding schools before dropping out of UBC in her second year, Emery spent her early 20s travelling Europe and partying with artists and aristocrats before returning to Canada to try to find a job.

Click here to read the full article from the Nanaimo News Bulletin.

This article also appeared in Victoria’s Monday Magazine and can be viewed here.


Interview with Open Book – February 26, 2020

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