Warren Cowan
Warren Cowan
Warren Cowan was a prominent American film industry publicist. He was born in New York City and attended Townsend Harris High School, a school for boys on the educational fast track. A fellow classmate was Variety columnist Army Archerd. The son of songwriter Rubey Cowan and Grace Cowan, Warren had one older brother, Stanley.
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Press Agents of the World, Arise... An Excerpt From 'Starflacker: Inside the Golden Age of Hollywood'
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Once upon a time a film that dare not speak its name ("The Sweet Smell of Success") cast an evil spell upon all press agents, decreeing that they should dwell and devise forever under a cloud of skepticism about the ethics of their craft. In that film, Tony Curtis portrayed scumbag Broadway PR hustler Sidney Falco, not a scruple to his name, and thereby befouled in perpetuity the honest repute and honor of all press agents. It's time to seek a reprieve. As we approach the 60th anniversary of that film, a book has arrived on a white horse to rescue the dignity and legitimacy of publicity pros from over a half century of ignominy, distrust and distain. This call to emancipation is issued by a press agent who, like all of his fellow flacks, has borne throughout his career the scarlet letters PR with which Curtis, Burt Lancaster, novelist Ernest Lehman and screenwriter Clifford Odets branded an entire profession. "Starflacker" was written in the hope it could help clear the name of pr ...
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Revisiting That Bumble Ward Interview - mediabistro.com
Google News - over 5 years
Although Ward's LA Times phoner echoed sentiments captured in a fall 2002 New Yorker mini-profile by Tad Friend, she still managed to rankle the godfather of LA show business PR, the late Warren Cowan. Per Cowan's response in the same newspaper five
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Leaked phone messages from '80s 'super agent' are a hoax -- but like Milli ... - Entertainment Weekly
Google News - over 5 years
This guy gets a little too excited about the hot new restaurant (Benihana) and the photo of a very “let's-do-lunch”-looking older gentleman is the late publicist Warren Cowan, not the agent Warren Klein. I mean, was there an '80s superagent named
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Killing Shows Truths of Life Spent at Edge Of Limelight
NYTimes - about 6 years
LOS ANGELES -- Ronni Chasen could be loud. And she pushed. At an event like the Governors Awards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, one of the last show business soirées she attended before her murder on Nov. 16, Ms. Chasen sent reporters skittering for shelter as she scanned the room for targets of opportunity -- people to
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ADVERTISING; The New Breakfast of Champions?
NYTimes - over 8 years
IT is time again to ask 20 questions about advertising, marketing, the media and popular culture. Did Michael Phelps agree to appear on boxes of Kellogg's cereals like Corn Flakes and Frosted Flakes because the Kellogg Company promised that Tony the Tiger would change his famous growl from ''Grrrrreeeat'' to ''Eiiiiiiggght''? After being described
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Warren Cowan, a Star at Promoting Stars, Dies at 87
NYTimes - almost 9 years
Warren Cowan, one of Hollywood's most powerful and innovative publicists and the representative of generations of celebrities -- from Doris Day to Bette Midler, Frank Sinatra to Elton John, Ronald Reagan to Arnold Schwarzenegger -- died Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 87 and lived in Los Angeles. The cause was cancer, said Jeff Sanderson, a
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Freddie Fields, 84, Hollywood Talent Agent
NYTimes - about 9 years
Freddie Fields, a retired Hollywood producer, studio executive and agent who helped found Creative Management Associates, one of the industry's most influential talent agencies in the 1960s and early '70s, died on Tuesday at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 84. The cause was lung cancer, said Warren Cowan, a Hollywood publicist who announced the
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Joey Bishop, Comic and Last Survivor of the Rat Pack, Dies at 89
NYTimes - over 9 years
Joey Bishop, the long-faced comedian and last surviving member of the Rat Pack, Frank Sinatra's celebrated retinue of the 1960s, died Wednesday night at his home in Newport Beach, Calif. He was 89. There were multiple causes, said his longtime publicist, Warren Cowan. Mr. Bishop was the least flamboyant of the Rat Pack and no match for the others
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Sidney Sheldon, Author of Steamy Novels, Dies at 89
NYTimes - about 10 years
Sidney Sheldon, an Oscar- and Tony-winning writer of squeaky-clean fare for stage and screen who became world famous for his later career as a writer of steamy, best-selling novels, died on Tuesday in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was 89 and had homes in Malibu and Palm Springs, Calif. The cause was complications of pneumonia, his publicist, Warren
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Sidney Sheldon, 89, Novelist Who Excelled in TV and Film
NYTimes - about 10 years
Sidney Sheldon, who won awards in three mediums -- theater, film and television -- then at age 50 turned to writing novels about stalwart women who triumphed in a hostile world of ruthless men, died on Tuesday in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was 89. The cause was complications from pneumonia, said his publicist, Warren Cowan. Mr. Sheldon's books, with
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Red Buttons, Comedian and Oscar Winner, Dies at 87
NYTimes - over 10 years
Red Buttons, the Borscht Belt comic who rose to instant television stardom on his own variety show in 1952, descended to obscurity three years later after his program was canceled and then rebounded to win an Academy Award for his dramatic performance in the 1957 film ''Sayonara,'' died yesterday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 87. The cause was
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SPRING THEATER; Star Power
NYTimes - about 13 years
The relationship between celebrities and Broadway shows goes both ways. Ideally, a clever bit of stunt casting will draw audiences to a show, and the right material will allow a star -- a refugee from film, television or pop music -- to establish a reputation for genuine, non-camera-enhanced acting talent. The results are hard to forecast: ''The
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Michael Wayne, 68, a Producer Of Films by His Father, John
NYTimes - almost 14 years
Michael Wayne, the eldest son of the actor John Wayne and the producer of many of his father's films, died on Wednesday in Burbank, Calif. He was 68. The cause was heart failure after complications from lupus, said his publicist, Warren Cowan. Beginning with ''The Alamo'' in 1960, Mr. Wayne became involved in the growing Wayne family film
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Despite All, Sackcloth Does Not Have Its Day
NYTimes - almost 14 years
The theory of muted ambivalence went out the window tonight once the celebrities started walking the shortened length of red carpet that led to the steps of the Kodak Theater: Sean Connery showed up in a lace jabot that reached halfway down his chest, Marcia Gay Harden appeared in a one-shouldered turquoise Eric Gaskins dress and diamond hoop
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Edgar Scherick, 78, Producer For Television and Movies
NYTimes - about 14 years
Edgar J. Scherick, a longtime film and television producer and executive, whose credits ranged from ''ABC's Wide World of Sports'' to films like ''The Stepford Wives'' and ''Rambling Rose'' and the recent HBO mini-series ''Path to War,'' died on Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 78. The cause of death was complications of leukemia, said his
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BOLDFACE NAMES
NYTimes - over 14 years
Rim Shot for the Ex-President Did DAVID LETTERMAN give BILL CLINTON some pointers on how to be a stand-up comedian backstage at the ''Late Show'' last week? On Thursday, the night after he was on the ''Late Show,'' Mr. Clinton was tossing off the one-liners and the punch lines at the Waldorf-Astoria, where the New York chapter of the Juvenile
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BOLDFACE NAMES
NYTimes - almost 15 years
Unrest Over Final Rest Milton Berle's estranged son says his father will be buried on Monday in a cemetery Milton Berle would not want to be buried in. BILL BERLE, 40, said he and his father had not spoken since the mid-1990's, after his father married his third wife, LORNA. But he said that Milton Berle arranged for RUTH, Bill Berle's mother and
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Kisses Galore, Maids All in Black and a Couple 'I Do's'
NYTimes - almost 15 years
It would be tempting to say that this was a marriage that began amid hoopla and tabloid headlines, but the truth is, the hoopla and the headlines came first. Elizabeth Taylor a maid of honor! Michael Jackson a best man! Whitney Houston a no-show! The bridal shower postponed! So by the time Liza Minnelli, 56, and David Gest, 48, finally said, ''I
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Boldface Names; Smell' Replaces Shower
NYTimes - almost 15 years
On Monday night, when she had originally been scheduled to give a shower for LIZA MINNELLI, DENISE RICH went to ''Sweet Smell of Success'' instead. This was a couple of hours after Ms. Rich, left, had directed questions to a spokesman for Ms. Minnelli's husband-to-be, DAVID GEST, who said there had been a scheduling conflict: she had to go to a
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Warren Cowan
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2008
    Age 86
    Died in 2008.
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  • 2002
    Age 80
    On March 21, 2002, Cowan was honored as Mentor of the Year by the Volunteers of America at a gala event at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel, at the time owned and operated by his good friend -and client- Merv Griffin.
    More Details Hide Details Cowan was married for more than a decade to Barbara Gilbert-Cowan, the mother of actresses Melissa Gilbert and Sara Gilbert and actor Jonathan Gilbert. Cowan had two daughters from previous marriages: Fox News Channel reporter Claudia Cowan (his daughter with actress Barbara Rush), and Bonnie Fleming. He had four grandchildren.
  • 1990
    Age 68
    In 1990, Cowan was honored by the Scott Newman Center at a benefit gala hosted by Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward in celebration of the Center's 10th anniversary of promoting drug education programs.
    More Details Hide Details Cowan has been associated with the Center since its inception, and serves on the board of directors. Newman, in presenting the award to Cowan, said, "In the arena of public caring, he's several dimensions higher. Others may appear to occupy the limelight, but no one works with greater diligence to better effect. He adds dignity to all of us, through his effort and we become beneficiaries by honoring him."
  • 1982
    Age 60
    He succeeded First Lady Nancy Reagan in the position in 1982.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1964
    Age 42
    He was named president in 1964.
    More Details Hide Details Rogers & Cowan became the biggest entertainment PR firm in the world. With a list of clients that reads like the entertainment industry's "Who's Who," Cowan represented just about every major star of the late 20th century, from Paul Newman to Elizabeth Taylor, from Danny Kaye to Kirk Douglas, from Frank Sinatra to Tony Curtis, from Shirley MacLaine to Elton John. Whenever he was asked to name his favorite client, Cowan's constant answer was always "the next one." During his career, Cowan created publicity campaigns for giant automotive concerns, saloon singers, fashion and cosmetic companies, hotels, and resorts, airlines, motion pictures, books, and even nations. From the beginning, Cowan started the first celebrity charity-fundraisers, such as the first pro-celebrity sports event. It was a golf tournament, staged in 1950, on behalf of motion picture director Frank Borzage. He also created and promoted events for such humanitarian organizations as the John Wayne Cancer Institute, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Society of Singers.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1950
    Age 28
    In 1950, he became a partner in the pioneering entertainment industry public relations firm, which then changed its name to Rogers & Cowan.
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  • 1946
    Age 24
    Cowan joined the firm established by his mentor, Henry C. Rogers (see Wikipedia article Henry and Roz Rogers), in 1946, following three years' service with the United States Army Air Forces during World War II.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1921
    Born
    Born in 1921.
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