Warren Cowan

Publicist, Executive
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 ... Read more »
Born: 03/13/1921 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (2)

Cooper & Hemingway: The True Gen 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

3055 Jean Leon 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)
Publicity (1)

The Governess 1998 (Movie)

(Phil Symes & Associates) (Publicity)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Rubey Cowan

Father

Barbara Cowan

Wife
previously married to the late Paul Gilbert had three children

Claudia Cowan

Daughter
mother Barbara Rush

Stanley Cowan

Brother
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

Harry Crane

Father-In-Law
died of cancer on September 13, 1999 at age 85

Melissa Gilbert Actor

Step-Daughter

Jonathan Gilbert

Step-Son

Sara Gilbert

Step-Daughter

Barbara Rush

Wife
divorced

EDUCATION

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California 1941

Milestones

1994

Returned to work as a publicist with new firm, Cowan & Associates

1992

Announced he would retire when his contract expired July 1

1983

Appointed chairman, Rogers and Cowan

1964

Became president, Rogers and Cowan

1960

Appointed advisor, Rogers and Cowan, Inc.

1949

Became partner in public relations business which changed name to Rogers and Cowan

1944

Joined Henry C. Rogers publicity office

1942

Served in United States Air Force during World War II

1940

Entered public relations with Alan Gordon & Associates

Bonus Trivia

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

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Board of directors member to the Scott Newman Center.

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

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

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

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

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