The Art of the Ad: Cheryl Ladd for Suntory Brandy

Decades before Bill Murray’s character in Lost in Translation (2003) went to Japan to star in commercials for Suntory whiskey, Cheryl Ladd did it first. At the peak of her Charlie’s Angels fame, around 1980-81, Cheryl donned several sexy outfits, grabbed a brandy snifter, and became the spokesperson for Suntory Brandy in a series of … Continue reading The Art of the Ad: Cheryl Ladd for Suntory Brandy

The Art of the Ad: Take Home Elvira with Thriller Video

Last time in this space I discussed the popular 1980s Coors and Coors Light ads featuring our favorite horror hostess with the mostess Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. Well, it’s Halloween season and Elvira (Cassandra Peterson) wasn’t just a brew-pitching barmaid, no siree, so I’m bringing her back for another round. Elvira has been the … Continue reading The Art of the Ad: Take Home Elvira with Thriller Video

The Art of the Ad: Elvira, Halloween, and Coors Light

"And if they ever ask about me, tell them I was more than just a great set of boobs. I was also an incredible pair of legs." Those words, delivered by Elvira—played masterfully as always by Cassandra Peterson—in the 1988 cult classic Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, encapsulate what fans love most about this woman: … Continue reading The Art of the Ad: Elvira, Halloween, and Coors Light

The Art of the Ad: Fly the Friendly Skies

Airline ads and promotional images during the Golden Age of Air Travel were selling travelers on an experience. In the days before interminably long security checkpoints and nonexistent customer service, airline advertisements were emphasizing just how well airlines would take care of us. And that included some not-so-subtle implications of mile high adventure with the … Continue reading The Art of the Ad: Fly the Friendly Skies