Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen shot dead
Ronni Chasen, a veteran Hollywood publicist, has died after being shot while driving down Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.
Ms Chasen, 64, was found after crashing her Mercedes into a lamp-post at about half past midnight on Monday. She had been shot several times in the chest.
She had worked as a film publicist for more than 30 years, and had promoted successful pictures including Driving Miss Daisy, in 1989, and Lolita, from 1994.
She also represented Natalie Wood, the late actress, and the composer Hans Zimmer, and was a former senior vice-president for publicity at MGM.
It is thought that when she was shot, Ms Chasen was returning to her home in Westwood, in the west of Los Angeles, from the premiere of Burlesque, a new film starring Cher and Christina Aguilera.
Unnamed sources told the Los Angeles Times that earlier in the night she had attended the screening of the film at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, and an after-party at the W hotel in Hollywood.
Radar Online, a celebrity website that first identified Ms Chasen as the shooting victim, said she had been shot five times.
Ronni was promoting Michael Douglas for Best Supporting Actor for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, as well as Alice In Wonderland 3D for Best Picture. A friend said that after leaving the office, she attended the premiere of the Screen Gems film Burlesque.
* am mai citit cite ceva pentu ca m-a intrigat. Mi se pare o greseala sau o confuzie. Si am aflat ca Ronni e o figura legendara, sora mai mica a lui larry Cohen, a fost sefa sectiei de publicitate de la AIP (Sam Arkoff) in anii '70.
Clientii sai producatori erau Richard Zanuck, Irwin Winkler, Lee Rich, Bud Yorkin si Arnold Kopelson.
LA Times are un excelent articol biografic despre ea intitulat: Hollywood's ultimate old-school publicist !
unde autorul, Patrick Goldstein, povesteste despre Michael Kamen, clientul lui Ronni, care a murit mai tirziu de scleroza...