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If you have a possessive proper noun but want to add extra detail by using dashes, how should it be written?

Example:

Penny - our neighbour - has blonde hair.

Would any of these options be correct?

  1. Penny's - our neighbour - hair is blonde.
  2. Penny - our neighbour's - hair is blonde.
  3. Penny's - our neighbour's - hair is blonde.

I know it's not an ideal construction, but I'd still like to know.

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    None of those options is remotely idiomatic English as I know it. AFAICS, if you're going to use the possessive, you have to forgo the parenthetic comment (even if the parenthetic remark is marked by dashes instead of brackets/parentheses). "Our neighbour Penny's hair is blonde" works for me, but isn't wholly comfortable. – Jonathan Leffler Sep 10 '15 at 19:43
  • In speech, I think Penny—our neighbor—her hair is blond might be just as likely as any of the constructions above. But I would avoid all of them in writing. – Peter Shor Oct 11 '15 at 1:36
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In my opinion (English is a very personal language) your initial thought "Penny - our neighbour - has blonde hair." is to be preferred. I would avoid the three alternatives you give; they seem to me to be ugly and difficult to parse. If I were writing this, I'd use commas rather than dashes - it's more conventional.

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