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December 13, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
More than three years after Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen was fatally shot in Beverly Hills, the L.A. County coroner's office released the autopsy in her case that reveals new details about the high-profile slaying. The report shows that Beverly Hills police initially believed Chasen was killed in a drive-by shooting as she drove her Mercedes home after a film event. Police later concluded it was actually a random attack carried out by a transient riding a bike. Beverly Hills police said Friday that detectives requested that the coroner's file remain private for all this time out of respect for Chasen's family.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014
Sheila MacRae Actress-singer was on '60s 'Honeymooners' Sheila MacRae, 92, a versatile actress and singer who performed in a popular 1950s nightclub act with her husband, Gordon MacRae, and appeared opposite Jackie Gleason in his late '60s revival of "The Honeymooners," died Thursday night at the Lillian Booth Actors Home of the Actors Fund in Englewood, N.J. She had undergone surgery a few weeks ago and had apparently been recovering well...
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2000
Amy Wallace's tragic cover piece on former media whiz Paul Wasserman left me with a sincere sigh ("The Double Life of a Beloved Insider," Dec. 17). The truth is that the tricky interplay between a publicist and a client suggests strongly that you must forge for yourself an identity before you can give it up. MICHAEL LEVINE Levine Communications Office Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
More than three years after Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen was fatally shot in Beverly Hills, the L.A. County coroner's office released the autopsy in her case that reveals new details about the high-profile slaying. The report shows that Beverly Hills police initially believed Chasen was killed in a drive-by shooting as she drove her Mercedes home after a film event. Police later concluded it was actually a random attack carried out by a transient riding a bike. Beverly Hills police said Friday that detectives requested that the coroner's file remain private for all this time out of respect for Chasen's family.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 1990
Re: "Picture Herb Ritts as the King of Lenses" by Barbara Isenberg (Feb. 11): Her article on Ritts is another classic example of the struggle between artistic professionals who are committed to quality work and creative expression and struggle for years for recognition, and those who were simply at the right place at the right time, knew the right people and hired the right publicist. It is absurd to find a page and a half devoted to some ex-furniture salesman who only 10 years ago knew nothing about how to work a camera, let alone the artistic and technical aspects of photography, and is now paid $20,000 a day to do commercial shoots because he was lucky enough to take snapshots of Richard Gere or have his publicist arrange to get Madonna in his back yard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
More than three years after Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen was fatally shot in Beverly Hills, the L.A. County coroner's office released the autopsy in her case that reveals new details about the high-profile slaying. The report shows that Beverly Hills police initially believed Chasen was killed in a drive-by shooting as she drove her Mercedes home after a film event. Police later concluded it was actually a random attack carried out by a transient riding a bicycle. Beverly Hills police said Friday that detectives had requested that the coroner's file remain private out of respect for Chasen's family.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 5, 2003 | Calvin Naito, Calvin Naito has extensive experience in corporate, public agency and political communications. He lives and works in Los Angeles.
I could barely contain myself after reading Juan Morales' article, "Movies Turn Press Agents Into Evil, Conniving Sultans of Spin" (April 28). No cup of coffee needed that morning to get me going. As someone who works with the media for a living, I have to take exception to the popular portrayals of publicists in movies. Furthermore, the publicists quoted in the article did not sufficiently explain the true role of PR and defend what is a difficult but noble profession. We have a hard life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2010 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Rivers represented Kevin Costner, Richard Dreyfuss and Oliver Stone. He helped organize events for Seeds for Peace, the Magic Johnson Foundation and the Rock the Vote initiative. Veteran Hollywood publicist and political activist Stephen M. Rivers died Tuesday after a lengthy bout with prostate cancer. He was 55. Over the span of his publicity career, Rivers represented some of the most recognizable names in entertainment, including director and actor Kevin Costner, actor Richard Dreyfuss, director Oliver Stone, playwright Anna Deavere Smith, actress Jane Fonda and former super-agent Michael Ovitz.
SPORTS
June 21, 1989 | From Times wire services
A report that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is seeking a $1-million contract to play pro basketball in Italy next year is not true, his publicist said today. Abdul-Jabbar, the 7-foot-2 star of the Lakers, retired at the end of the National Basketball Assn. playoffs at the age of 42. The Italian report "is not true, he is not seeking any type of long-term basketball contract and has not received any kind of offer for that kind of money," said publicist Lorin Pullman. "I'm committed to games on a worldwide basis," said Abdul-Jabbar in a statement issued by his publicist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2011
Barbara Trister Longtime L.A. publicist Barbara Trister, 90, a longtime Los Angeles publicist who served as president of the Los Angeles Headquarters City Assn. in the early 1980s, died July 27 of age-related causes at her home in Brentwood. A native of Redlands, Trister attended USC. She worked as fashion editor of California Apparel News and as a public relations executive focusing on fashion, real estate and retail clients. She also served on the late Mayor Tom Bradley's fashion advisory committee for retailing, manufacturing and textiles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
More than three years after Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen was fatally shot in Beverly Hills, the L.A. County coroner's office released the autopsy in her case that reveals new details about the high-profile slaying. The report shows that Beverly Hills police initially believed Chasen was killed in a drive-by shooting as she drove her Mercedes home after a film event. Police later concluded it was actually a random attack carried out by a transient riding a bicycle. Beverly Hills police said Friday that detectives had requested that the coroner's file remain private out of respect for Chasen's family.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2013 | By Robert W. Welkos
"This is my baby. This is when it all started. This is my pride and joy, my first Oscar win in 1974. " Meet Murray Weissman, one of the earliest Oscar consultants, who on this day is proudly showing off a blow-up photo on the wall of his North Hollywood publicity agency commemorating that day almost 40 years ago when, as executive in charge of the motion picture press department at Universal Pictures, he reveled in the seven Academy Awards won...
SPORTS
November 20, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
Lindsey Vonn's publicist wrote Wednesday that the star skier suffered a partial tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee in Tuesday's downhill training crash at Copper Mountain, Colo. Ok, so now we know, but what now? That's the same knee Vonn had surgically repaired after a crash at last February's World Championships in Austria. Vonn tore her medial colleteral ligament and ACL and also fractured her tibia. Not answered yet is whether Vonn, the defending Olympic gold medal champion, can recover in time to complete next February at the 2012 Sochi Olympics.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2013
Jim Brothers Created bronze sculptures on display across U.S. Jim Brothers, 72, a Kansas artist whose bronze sculptures are on display in the nation's capital and at historical monuments around the country, died Tuesday at his home in Lawrence, Kan., where he had been receiving hospice care, said Audrey Bell, a funeral director at Warren McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence, Kan. Friends and colleagues said he had cancer. Brothers was best known for two projects: creating a sculpture of Dwight D. Eisenhower that's on display at the Capitol in Washington, and as the chief sculptor for the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va., said Paul Dorrell, who represented Brothers and owns the Leopold Gallery in Kansas City.
OPINION
June 9, 2013 | By Sarah Miller
Malibu, California's most fashionable resident is moving. Today, Barbie officially put her coastal Dreamhouse on the market and is packing up her three-story pink palace.... Over the next few months, Barbie will embark on a worldwide tour to find a new dream home. - Mattel press release, Feb. 6 MJ@matteldesign: OK, I can't believe they're all, "OK, come up with a new Barbie, and make her totally cool, oh, only, she can't live in Malibu, for no reason. " PM@matteldesign: Right?
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
For weeks, the Spanish-language media and bloggers have been working themselves into a lather about the sexual orientation of Daddy Yankee, the reggaeton king known for his pumped-up macho stage presence and raunchy musical declarations like "Gasolina. " The blather reached a crescendo Wednesday after photos of a man resembling Daddy Yankee kissing another man surfaced on the 'net and were picked up and reprinted by other outlets. That set off another round of innuendo: according to some accounts, Daddy Yankee released a statement acknowledging that he is gay, and asking the media to respect his and his family's privacy.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 1986
Entertainer Bette Midler has named her newborn girl Sophie, her publicist said.
NEWS
January 25, 1987
Someone should give Vanna White's publicist an award. I see that girl everywhere. He should be named Publicist of the Year for creating the Starlette of the Year. Turning a mere game show letter turner into a national heroine seen on the cover of virtually every national publication as well as on every TV channel is pure genius. Melissa Johnson, Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2012
Lois Smith Longtime celebrity publicist Lois Smith, 85, a longtime New York City publicist who worked with celebrities including Marilyn Monroe, Robert Redford and Martin Scorsese, died Sunday from a brain hemorrhage after taking a fall during a trip to Maine with her husband. Her death was confirmed by Cindi Berger, chairwoman and chief executive of PMK*BNC. Smith was one of the founders of the publicity firm that eventually merged with other firms to become PMK*BNC.
SPORTS
October 7, 2012 | T.J. Simers
An athlete plays 15 or 20 years, retires and there is great fanfare upon his departure. Maybe tears, maybe gifts given, maybe his number hung in honor. Los Angeles' very own Jack Disney calls it a day and he's just gone. Disney is good people. There is no announcement when he leaves Santa Anita, some 3-year-old horses drawing more attention than he does as he ends almost 60 years as a sports reporter and horse racing publicist. He's John McKay's first beat man at USC; the first reporter the Lakers would know upon their arrival; he is working as a colorful scribe before the Dodgers are here and before the Angels go major league.
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