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Topic: Obituaries

Tony Scott's Final Commercial, for BBDO and Diet Mountain Dew

Director shot hundreds of ads through RSA Films

Tony Scott, who committed suicide on Sunday at age 68, directed hundreds of ads—many of them award winners—through RSA Films, his and brother Ridley's commercial production company. Here's his final…

Doritos Inventor Dies at 97, Will Be Buried With His Beloved Chips

Doesn't this sound like an ad?

Arch Clark West, the Mad Men-era marketing executive at Frito Co. whose quirky idea to sprinkle cheesy powder on corn chips led to Doritos, one of the world's great snacks,…

RIP Randy Savage, Who Snapped Into Many a Slim Jim

Macho Man Randy Savage tragically died today in a single-vehicle accident in Florida, reportedly after suffering a heart attack. Savage, who was 58, followed his wrestling career with a successful…

Liz Taylor set the bar for celebrity perfumes

Elizabeth Taylor, who died Wednesday at 79, might have been a movie legend, but she was a marketing pioneer. While actresses had endorsed fragrances as far back as the 1950s,…

Model from infamous anorexia ad dead at 28

Isabelle Caro, the French model who starred in a notorious anti-anorexia campaign shot by Oliviero Toscani, has died at age 28, according to the Associated Press. We wrote about that…

Mr. Steinbrenner loomed large in ads, too

George Steinbrenner was the last of the old-school sports owners: larger than life, outspoken, controversial. He was also the first of a new breed to emerge in the '70s:…

Gary Coleman's love-hate life in advertising

You had to feel bad for Gary Coleman when he was reduced to shilling for CashCall.com in 2007. The companies that hired the former child star toward the end…

Captain Lou, the quintessential 1980s icon?

Long before Gilbert Gottfried and Roseanne Barr proved you could build a career on in-your-face annoyance, there was Captain Lou Albano, a wrestling promoter so breathlessly brash that he could…

Taco Bell’s iconic, $42M Chihuahua has died

One of the most memorable commercial mascots of all time, Taco Bell's Gidget the Chihuahua, has died at age 15. Her wide-eyed gaze and male-voiced catchphrase, “Yo quiero Taco Bell,”…

Billy Mays pallbearers honor the man in blue

Although Michael Jackson's upcoming funeral will surely be a feeding frenzy for photographers, it'll be hard to beat this photo op from today's burial ceremony for TV pitchman Billy…

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