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Also Known As: Died: May 14, 2008
Born: March 13, 1921 Cause of Death: heart failure
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: executive, publicist

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After a stint with public relations company Alan Gordon and Associates and service in the Air Force during WWII, Cowan teamed with veteran publicist Henry Rogers to form Rogers and Cowan in 1949. The company prospered as the Hollywood studio system broke down in the 1950s and the in-house studio publicity staffs no longer routinely fed competitive gossip columnists news of the studio's contract stars. Public relations companies filled the void and Rogers and Cowan grew into one of the largest Hollywood firms in the field, with nearly 200 employees and a client roster that has included Elizabeth Taylor, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Cybill Shepherd, Paul Newman, Clint Eastwood and Michael Keaton. In the 1980s, it expanded into serving corporate accounts. Rogers and Cowan was sold in 1991 and Cowan left the business the following year. After a two year hiatus, he opened a new firm, Cowan and Associates.

After a stint with public relations company Alan Gordon and Associates and service in the Air Force during WWII, Cowan teamed with veteran publicist Henry Rogers to form Rogers and Cowan in 1949. The company prospered as the Hollywood studio system broke down in the 1950s and the in-house studio publicity staffs no longer routinely fed competitive gossip columnists news of the studio's contract stars. Public relations companies filled the void and Rogers and Cowan grew into one of the largest Hollywood firms in the field, with nearly 200 employees and a client roster that has included Elizabeth Taylor, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Cybill Shepherd, Paul Newman, Clint Eastwood and Michael Keaton. In the 1980s, it expanded into serving corporate accounts. Rogers and Cowan was sold in 1991 and Cowan left the business the following year. After a two year hiatus, he opened a new firm, Cowan and Associates.

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 3055 Jean Leon (2007)
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1941:
Entered public relations with Alan Gordon & Associates
1943:
Served in United States Air Force during World War II
1945:
Joined Henry C. Rogers publicity office
1949:
Became partner in public relations business which changed name to Rogers and Cowan
1960:
Appointed advisor, Rogers and Cowan, Inc.
1964:
Became president, Rogers and Cowan
1983:
Appointed chairman, Rogers and Cowan
1992:
Announced he would retire when his contract expired July 1
1994:
Returned to work as a publicist with new firm, Cowan & Associates
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Education

University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California - 1941

Notes

"We've always done it with dignity...We made a very simple difference in the business. We said, 'It isn't about getting press. Let's help advance careers.'"--Warren Cowan ("Los Angeles Times Magazine" July 10, 1988)

He was honored by Scott Newman Center for contributions outside the public relations industry on November 9, 1990.

Board of directors member to the Scott Newman Center.

Serves on the Advisory board to the National Association of Film Commissioners.

He is on the Second Decade Council of the American Film Institute.

He succeeded Nancy Regan as National Committee Communications chair for United Way of America in 1982.

Board member of the L.A. County High School for the Arts.

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wife:
Barbara Rush. Actor. Divorced.
wife:
Barbara Crane Cowan. Manager, producer. Previously married to the late Paul Gilbert; had three children.

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father:
Rubey Cowan. Songwriter.
father-in-law:
Harry Crane. Screenwriter, comedy writer, TV series creator. Died of cancer on September 13, 1999 at age 85.
brother:
Stanley Earl Cowan. Composer, author, publicity agent. Born c. 1918, died of heart failure December 14, 1991; began career in 1930s as songwriter ("Taps 'Til Reveille", "Listen to Me" and "A Cowgirl Dreams On"); composed music for the "Ice Capades"; formed own public relations firm, Stanley Cowan & Associates in the 1960s; later joined Rogers & Cowan.
daughter:
Claudia Cowan. Mother Barbara Rush.
step-daughter:
Melissa Gilbert. Actor.
step-daughter:
Sara Gilbert. Actor.
step-son:
Jonathan Gilbert. Actor.
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