Shortly after his big Hollywood break in 1988 with Rain Man, which earned him his first of seven Academy Award nominations, the one-time Buggles band member hooked up with Chasen on Driving Miss Daisy the following year. From his twin contributions to back-to-back Best Picture winners, it was off to the races for Zimmer with The Lion King, Gladiator, Inception and much more. Through it all, Chasen was at his side.
In a town where “the best” is used much too casually, she was truly singular. She really cared, she had a heart of gold, she was a fighter and a total pro. She knew everything and everyone, and for 20 years she told me to tuck in my shirt, to smile at the camera, to have a shave and not say anything foolish. She protected me, fiercely and brilliantly, in choppy waters that she navigated with grace and style.
I only just saw her at the Governors Awards last Saturday night [November 13th]. She was radiant, she knew everybody in the room. She took Christopher Nolan over to the next table and introduced him to George Lucas. I was watching her standing there listening to them and I thought, ‘There’s my friend Ronni, introducing two great directors to each other. She’s on top of her game.’ I adored her and she adored me. You can’t imagine how much I miss her already.
The memorial service for Chasen will be held Sunday, November 21st, at 11:00 a.m. at Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary. FBLA once again extends its sincerest condolences to the publicist’s family, friends and colleagues.
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