Disney PR Exec Denise Greenwalt Dies
Greenawalt also was a member of ASIFA (the home of the Annie Awards), Women in Film and the Publicists Guild of America, where she and the Disney PR team were honored with the Maxwell Weinberg Showmanship Award for their work on Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. She was honored by her peers at the guild in 1997 with a special award of merit.
“She was small in stature, but that was where small ended,” said veteran Disney animation producer and filmmaker Don Hahn. “The rest of Denise was expansive, passionate and overflowing with her infectious love of movies and the people who made them. She was like family to rock stars, movie stars, busy executives and geeky guys who animated Mermaids, Beasts and Flying Carpet rides. We were her biggest fans, and she was our sweet, tenacious, dog-loving, Hummer-driving, little sister whom we will always love and never forget.”
“With Denise’s unyielding determination, combined with a bit of luck and some help from the gods, she found a home at Disney,” said Peter Schneider, former Disney Studios chairman and longtime head of Disney Animation. “For over 16 years, when you thought of Disney publicity … you thought of Denise. When you thought about Disney period … you thought of Denise. And, when you thought of humanity, passion and courage … you thought of Denise. She was unique and irreplaceable. Animated with love to the end, she gave her heart and soul to Disney and the studio's artists. And our unconditional love for her … is fixed and permanent.”