Robbie Sue Chasen (1946-2010) – Publicist
Robbie Sue Chasen, born Veronica Cohen, in Kingston, New York, was raised in both the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx and the Washington Heights section of Manhattan. Chasen began her career as a publicist for her brother, film director Larry Cohen, who hired her as a publicist for his 1973 film, Hell Up in Harlem. Chasen represented Michael Douglas, Hans Zimmer, and Mark Isham, among others. Chasen directed the Academy Award campaigns for more than 100 films during her career, including Driving Miss Daisy in 1989 and The Hurt Locker in 2009.
Chasen’s estate is valued at $6 million, which includes jewels, furs, paintings by Picasso and David Hockney, and real estate. In her 1994 Will, Chasen listed a small number of people who would be allowed to take one of her paintings; she donated her collection of film memorabilia to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; she gave one piece of jewelry to nine different women who were family members and friends; and lastly, Melissa Cohen, Chasen’s niece, recieved $50,000, as well as a large trust and other residuals from the estate. She also left specific amounts to several charities, including Hole in the Wall Gang, Make a Wish Foundation, and the American Film Institute.
We honor Robbie Chasen because her estate planning and philanthropic work makes her a Legacy Champ. If you want to be a Legacy Champ in your own special way, then contact The Mendel Law Firm, L.P. for a free initial consultation on estate planning, trust planning, and/or probate issues.