Hollywood buries Ronni Chasen

ronnie-chasen.jpgClose to a thousand mourners overflowed the chapel at Hillside Sunday, crowding onto a patio to pay their respects to slain publicist Ronni Chasen. "She would be shocked by this outpouring," said producer Lili Fini Zanuck, who gave one of the euologies. "The industry came to a standstill out of love for this woman." The Wrap says eulogies were also given by Chasen's business partner, Jeff Sanderson, brother Larry Cohen, composer Hans Zimmer and publicist-friends Vivian Mayer-Siskind , Heidi Schaeffer and Kathie Berlin. Producer Richard Zanuck and Mace Neufeld were among the pallbearers. A private burial followed Sunday's midday service, then a reception on the Sony lot. Attendees at one event or the other included T-Bone Burnett, Diane Warren, Jacqueline Bisset, Virginia Madsen, Elliott Gould, Peter Fonda, Frances Fischer, Leonard Maltin and Buzz Aldrin. AP, The Wrap

The Wrap's Sharon Waxman personalized her coverage, writing that "we all needed to gather and understand. That was the exercise on Sunday, not only to remember Ronni Chasen - a presence so dependable at every damn movie event that I think we all expected to see her leaning in the corner of a doorway at her own memorial - but to share our communal confusion and distress." Also this from Waxman: "People in this industry are smart enough to see that this appears to be a professionally-executed homicide. But who? Why?"

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