Polin Cohanne, Former Entertainment Attorney, Dies at 70

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Polin Cohanne

Her clients included Martin and Charlie Sheen, Dom DeLuise and Aaron Spelling Productions.

Polin Cohanne, an entertainment attorney who represented Martin and Charlie Sheen, the TV talent show Star Search and Aaron Spelling Productions, has died. She was 70.

Cohanne died Dec. 7 of pancreatic cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, her friend Linda Bergman said.

Born on April 1, 1950, in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, Cohanne earned her B.A. in American Studies at Penn State in 1972, graduated from Villanova University School of Law and served as a judge advocate from 1975-78 at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in Irvine, California.

After her honorable separation, she became a staff attorney at ABC and then a partner at Hayes, Hume, Petas, Richards & Cohanne, where she repped the Sheens, Star Search, Dom DeLuise and TV producer David Gerber, among others.

Cohanne also handled cast contracts for such Aaron Spelling series as Dynasty, Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place, Vegas, T.J. Hooker, The Colbys, HotelBurke's Law, Family, Charlie's Angels, Hart to Hart and Fantasy Island.

Cohanne left Hollywood to work for Bill Clinton and Al Gore's reelection campaign and then for the U.S. Department of Labor at the Veterans Employment and Training Service.

Back in Los Angeles, she was hired as vp legal affairs at ABC Entertainment and Touchstone Television before she returned to D.C., where she served for nearly a decade as a senior program analyst in the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Homeland Security. She retired in 2015.

Survivors include her brother, Jonathan.