A veteran in public relations who worked at both cable and broadcast networks has died at age 50.
"Hallmark Channels is saddened by the passing of our friend and colleague Nancy Carr," said company president-CEO Bill Abbott in a statement. "Nancy succumbed today [Friday, Feb. 18, 2011] in a Los Angeles area hospital after battling a long illness. We are grateful to Nancy for guiding the company’s corporate media strategy for more than five years."
According to Variety, Carr "died Friday following complications from a perforated colon. She was 50. Carr, who had suffered from brain tumors for the past several years, had been hospitalized at St. Johns Medical Center in Santa Monica since Monday night."
The Variety article, by Stuart Levine, continued, "Carr, a graduate of USC, was well-known and well-liked among TV journos. Before joining Hallmark in 2005, Carr was at CBS for more than 15 years and ultimately served as VP of communications from 1999-2004. She helped launch dozens of Eye series, including ‘CSI,’ ‘Without a Trace,’ ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ and the ‘CBS at 75’ campaign.
"At Fox in 1992-93, Carr was a senior manager of publicity at Fox where she oversaw such skeins as ‘Beverly Hills 90210’ and ‘Roc Live.’ "
Levine also spoke to Carr’s colleague at Hallmark, Pam Slay, who said, "She never complained a single day. She also never stopped rescuing animals from kill shelters. When I saw her at dinner last Friday, she showed me pictures of all the kittens she was finding homes for. She earned her angel wings long before she passed."
According to Multichannel News, Carr is "is survived by her husband, Ronnie Bradford, who retired from CBS last year, and had two stepchildren."
Variety says she is also survived by a brother.
Variety also adds, "There will be no public service. The family asks that donations be sent to the animal rescue website www.FixNation.org."