Laurane “LaLa” Sheehan, the actor-turned-corporate leisure publicist and occasions planner who had labored at Maggie Begley Communications for 30 years, died November 11 of a sudden coronary heart assault. She was 61.
Sheehan was a Senior Accounts Supervisor at leisure advertising and marketing and PR agency MBC, working with shoppers throughout three a long time together with Laika and the animation studio’s string of Oscar-nominated movies; Locksmith Animation; The Gotham Group; Cinedigm; and Anheuser-Busch, amongst others. She labored on films together with Laika’s Kubo and the Two Strings, Lacking Hyperlink and Coraline; The Invisible Battle; Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World; and Beasts of No Nation.
She additionally had stints as a publicist at leisure PR companies Mahoney/Wasserman and PMK/HBH.
“What a pleasure it’s to work along with your greatest buddy,” mentioned Begley. “We laughed with abandon each single day. I believed that sort of laughter was the ticket to a protracted life…however the universe had different plans for our stunning and proficient Laurane. She’s together with her dad and mom now, her beloved Elvyra and Roy…and almost certainly will whereas away eternity enjoying limitless video games of Scrabble. She cherished being a part of the movie business, delighted within the artistry of our shoppers and was a shining gentle and spirit to all she encountered. Relaxation in peace my buddy.”
“Laurane was one in every of our favourite individuals on this enterprise and was part of the prolonged household at The Gotham Group,” Gotham Group founder and CEO Ellen Goldsmith-Vein mentioned. “Her sunny disposition, vitality and help of our Gotham personnel and initiatives was steadfast and so appreciated. We will miss her dearly.”
Stated Laika Studios’ Chief Advertising Officer and SVP Enterprise Operations David Burke: “Laurane was actually an distinctive particular person with a vastly constructive affect on others. She was a significant member of the Laika household and confirmed the best way ahead together with her brilliant gentle. I rely myself very fortunate to have had the prospect to work her. Laurane was a dedicated skilled, devoted and great and all the time enjoyable. It’s unthinkable that she is gone. We prolong our deepest condolences to Laurane’s household and associates. Might she relaxation in peace.”
Sheehan, born in Maryland and a graduate of Catholic College in Washington, DC, began her profession as an actress, arriving in Los Angeles in 1983 in a touring manufacturing of Girl of the 12 months starring Lauren Bacall. Within the Nineties she turned the primary govt director of the Music Video Producers Affiliation and govt produced of the group’s first MVPA Awards. She additionally turned recognized for creating occasions for shoppers on the mega-yachts famously anchored within the Previous Port through the Cannes Movie Pageant.
She is survived by her brother Paul Sheehan, his spouse Nancy and their son Christopher Sheehan; her sister Maureen Glovins and her kids Kevin and Brian Glovins, Stephanie Nover and Shannon Belli; and her sister-in-law Lisa Sheehan and her sons Vincent Sheehan and Robert “Robby” Sheehan, Jr. and his spouse, Erin.
A memorial service (in-person and livestreamed) is deliberate for 1:30 p.m. PT December 3 at St. Mark Parish in Venice, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Coronary heart Affiliation.