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The personal collection of Jill Willis

The personal collection of Jill Willis

Jill Willis (Prince's publicist, 1989–90, and co-manager, 1990–93): "Prince was one of the most driven people I've ever known and, as the world knows, was an incredibly creative and immensely talented artist.  He was as passionate about the plight of the underserved and underprivileged  as he was about his music and all that went into creating the life he wanted to live.  He wanted everyone to give their all to everything just as he did.  Although he would regularly call any one of us at 2, 3, 4 or 5 in the morning without any real concern that we might be sleeping, it was an honor and a privilege to work closely with him for a little over five years.  There are so many memories that come to mind when I think of him.  He was always dressed as if he was in his stage clothes: a couture suit, matching handmade boots from a shoemaker in Paris, his hair done and in full makeup.  A funny memory related to this was after I had taken a red-eye flight from L.A. to Minneapolis not long after I had moved there from New York.  I got home at about 7:00 in the morning and was there long enough to shower and then, threw a baseball cap over my wet hair and wore jeans and a sweatshirt over to Paisley Park. I went up the stairs and met Prince as he was coming down the hall from his office.  He looked at me and said, "Going fishing?"  I value those moments as well as the amazing friendships I have to this day because of my time working with him."

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