March 21, 1987
Jack Mathews' "Sweet Smell of 'Creative Oscar Odds" was an excellent piece of reporting (March 18). And there's not much of that animal in the soft sections outside The Times' news pages. However, Mathews' article did end with a bit of the old Hollywood puffery on Warren Cowan of Rogers & Cowan. And I do feel that former Rogers & Cowan publicist Beth Herman did a disservice to Hundreds of honest press agents who go out of their way to level with the media, when she states, "If the media is dumb enough to take these stories year after year it's you guys who are doing the public a disservice."
August 14, 1985 |
While the company name will stay the same, the men behind Rogers & Cowan--the entertainment industry's largest public relations agency--switched titles Tuesday. Warren Cowan, formerly president, has become chairman of the board, and Henry C. Rogers, the former chairman, has been elected president by the agency's new board of directors. Paul Block, executive vice president of Rogers & Cowan, said Cowan will run the entertainment side of the business as well as acquisitions and mergers.
May 16, 2008 |
Warren Cowan, a legendary Hollywood publicist who co-founded the famed Rogers & Cowan public relations firm and was known as an innovative pioneer of independent entertainment publicity for many of the biggest names in show business, has died. He was 87. Cowan died Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of cancer, which was diagnosed three weeks earlier, said Daniel Bernstein of Warren Cowan & Associates.
June 30, 1992 |
When someone points a camera at Warren Cowan and Lee Solters, the Macy's and Gimbel's of Hollywood flackery, Cowan immediately scurries around to Solters' right. That way, when the morning newspaper identifies the men "left to right," Cowan will get top billing. If Solters lets him get away with it, that is. Warren Cowan, who knows all these tricks, is from the old school. "Call me Warren," he says, as if everyone in America isn't already on a first-name basis.
July 6, 2008 |
Warren Cowan was Hollywood's consummate publicist. From the time he and Henry Rogers founded Rogers & Cowan public relation in 1950 until Cowan passed away on May 14, he represented just about everyone who was anyone, including Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Cary Grant, Steve McQueen, Elizabeth Taylor and Elton John. When we asked him to write this column on May 13, we had no idea he had cancer.
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October 19, 2007 |
Joey Bishop, the deadpan comedian who was ABC's answer to NBC's late-night talk show king Johnny Carson in the late 1960s and was the last surviving member of Frank Sinatra's legendary Rat Pack, has died. He was 89. Bishop, who had been in failing health for some time, died Wednesday night at his home in Newport Beach, according to his longtime friend, publicist Warren Cowan. An adept ad-libber with a dry, underplayed sense of humor, Bishop achieved his greatest fame in the '60s.