Candice Chaplin, a long-time Penguin Random House sales, marketing, and publicity executive who was most recently v-p, director, backlist sales, passed away on September 8. She was 53 years old.
“Her storied career with Penguin Random House was marked not only by her leadership and fierce sense of what was required for success, but also by her unwavering friendship and incredible sense of humor,” a Penguin Random House representative said of Chaplin. “She was the heart and soul of the sales department in many ways. Our hearts go out to Candice’s loving family and our colleagues, who will miss her greatly.”
“She passed in tremendous peace, surrounded by family and close friends,” her family said. Candice’s greatest legacy is her son, Noah, a courageous, confident, hilarious, and powerful force who will live life to the fullest despite adversity. Candice’s family, including her father Stanley Chaplin, M.D., mother Michelle Chaplin Partlow, sister Nicole Chaplin, and close friends, brought her immeasurable joy during her final battle with cancer.
“Her long career at Penguin Random House, the world’s most compassionate and thriving publishing company, gave her great pleasure and pride.” She was also proud and honored to be a vocal advocate and supporter of the transgender community.”
“We are heartbroken over the loss of Candice Chaplin,” the company said. Her illustrious career at Penguin Random House was defined not only by her leadership and fierce sense of what was required for success, but also by her unwavering friendship and incredible sense of humour. She was the sales department’s heart and soul in many ways. Our hearts go out to Candice’s loving family and our colleagues, who will miss her terribly.”
Chaplin’s family requested that donations be made in her memory to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or to Harbor Camps for Transgender Youth’s Camp Aranu’tiq, which builds confidence, resilience, and community for transgender and non-binary youth and their families through camp experiences.