In 1968,  Prudence Farrow, along with her older sister Mia and brother John, traveled with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi from New York to India, and then to the Maharishi’s ashram in Rishikesh for a Transcendental Meditation teacher training course.

The Beatles arrived shortly thereafter. John, George and Paul would all be singing and having a good time and Prudence would be in her room having an out of body experience (through meditation, not drugs) for many hours.

"They were all serious about what they were doing, but they just weren't as fanatical as me."    - Prudence Bruns on The Beatles

John Lennon wrote “Dear Prudence” for her after he was dispatched to coax her out of her meditation hut. The lyrics, “Dear Prudence, Won’t you come out to play?” — was a nod to her insane devotion to the discipline.

“She’d been locked in for three weeks and wouldn’t come out, trying to reach God quicker than anybody else,” Lennon said.

Prudence had worked on many films during her life from production assistant all the way up to co-producer. She dipped into writing for magazines in the 2000s. Using her married name, Prudence Bruns, she has authored articles on Asian studies, world religions, ayurveda, and healthy living.

In 1982, Prudence was dating New York real estate heir Robert Durst when his wife went missing. Two months before the tragedy, Kathie Durst received a call from her husband’s mistress Prudence.

“Prudence wanted Kathie to give Bob up,” Eleanor Schwank, a college friend of Kathie’s, told The Post in June 1982. Kathie was also fed up with Durst’s three-year affair with Prudence, but refused to divorce him. Prudence was one of the few lucky women in Durst’s life that was never harmed by him.

Durst was arrested a day before the final installment of an HBO documentary series about him, “The Jinx,” where he was caught on a microphone whispering to himself, “What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.” 

When Prudence heard the news of his trial, she confided to friends that she was scared for her life.

-Amy Haben

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