Hollywood publicists remembered their friend and longtime colleague Ronni Chasen. She was found shot and killed in her Mercedes after it crashed in Beverly Hills a few hours after a red carpet movie premiere.
At the start of a monthly gathering of the Entertainment Publicists Professional Society, President Henri Bollinger spoke about how he had planned to call Ronni Chasen on the day she died.
“She was a tough lady,” Bollinger said. "She was lovely, but she was always determined, she was always very protective of her clients," he continued.
Bollinger said he spoke to Chasen about a matter involving one of her clients the day before she was killed. He'd planned to call her the next day to hear her final decision.
“I remember almost rehearsing our conversation, saying… 'Ronni, you're gonna have to make up your mind today.'"
The 64-year-old Chasen was found early Tuesday morning in her car after it crashed into a light pole on a street of multimillion dollar homes. She had been shot five times in the chest. Police have searched her home and office for clues to the murder — but haven’t said whether they’ve found any useful evidence.
Bollinger said he heard the news that morning, and it made him realize something important: "We need to live in the day. You cannot always be overly concerned about whatever it is you think is important. And it all kind of washed away, and it took the better part of the day for me to reconcile with the fact that she is actually gone. "
Bollinger also paid tribute to another leading entertainment publicist who passed away recently: 62-year-old Linda Dozoretz died last week after battling cancer. Bollinger and the dozens of publicists assembled honored Bollinger and Dozoretz with a moment of silence.