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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…

May 20, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT

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,…

March 23, 2011, 11:57 AM EDT

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…

December 30, 2010, 9:10 AM EST

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:…

July 13, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

Gary Coleman's love-hate life in advertising

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

May 28, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

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…

October 15, 2009, 9:59 AM EDT

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,”…

July 22, 2009, 2:37 PM EDT

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…

July 3, 2009, 9:10 PM EDT

Iconic TV pitchman Billy Mays is dead at 50

He was the man with no inside voice, the man who seemed to be on every late-night cable channel at once, the man who comprehensively convinced us we don't need…

June 28, 2009, 3:23 PM EDT

R.I.P. Michael Jackson, adland's king of pop

It seems fitting, ironic and ultimately tragic that Michael Jackson's best-known ad moment involved a freak accident. In 1984, at the height of his mega-fame in the wake of Thriller,…

June 25, 2009, 7:32 PM EDT