TV writer started as publicist

Kimberley Romana Wells, a publicist who later became a writer for television, died May 5 in Los Angeles from brain cancer. She was 56.

Wells joined Rogers and Cowan as a publicist and rose to senior VP before embarking on her screenwriting career. Wells earned her first credit in 1985 on an episode of “Adventures of the Gummi Bears” but went to pen episodes of “227,” “Out of This World,” “Kate and Allie,” “The Munsters Today,” “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “Love Boat: The Next Wave” and “Diagnosis Murder.”

Wells also launched her own PR firm, Uncommon Communications, where she consulted on projects including the launch of Planet Green, film festivals and numerous films.

She was born in Brockville, Ontario, Canada, but was raised in Orange County and attended UCLA. Wells was a member of the Writers Guild of America.

She is survived by her husband, Michael Rechtshaffen; a son; a brother; and her father.

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