Publicity Exec Penelope Selwyn-Levey Dies at 62

3:37 PM PST 10/01/2012 by Mike Barnes

She worked for Disney, Stephen J. Cannell, New World and UPN before her career was derailed by bipolar disorder.

Penelope Selwyn-Levey, a veteran Hollywood publicity executive, died Aug. 12 at a nursing home in Long Beach, Calif., after a years-long battle with bipolar disorder, a friend reported Monday. She was 62.

Selwyn-Levey most recently served as senior vp media & talent relations for the UPN network. She became ill in summer 1999.

Before UPN, Selwyn-Levey served as vp publicity, advertising & promotion for Stephen J. Cannell, the Emmy-winning writer-producer behind such TV series as The Rockford Files, The A-Team and 21 Jump Street. She then segued to a vp post at New World Entertainment, responsible for all publicity on the company’s slate of network and syndicated series, when that company acquired Stephen J. Cannell Productions in 1995.

A native of London, Selwyn-Levey began her career in media relations at Walt Disney Television.

Survivors include her ex-husband Ed Levey and son Max. The family welcomes donations in her honor to any mental health organization.

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