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November 22, 2010

Award-Winning Comedy Writer Monica Johnson Dies

Johnson began her career in television and went on to collaborate on several feature films with Albert Brooks.

Monica Johnson a film and television writer known for her frequent collaborations with Albert Brooks on such movies as Lost in America, Modern Romance, The Muse and Mother, died November 1, 2010, in Los Angeles. She was 64.

According to news reports, the cause was of esophageal cancer.

In 1985, Lost in America won the National Society of Film Critics award for best screenplay. Mother took the same award, as well as a New York Film Critics Circle award.

Born February 21, 1946, in Colorado, Johnson broke into comedy writing through her brother, Jerry Belson.

Her television credits include The Paul Lynde Show, Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Laverne and Shirley and It’s Garry Shandling’s Show.

Her collaboration with Brooks began with the 1979 film Real Life. Other big screen credits included Americathon, The Plant Family and Jekyll and Hyde…Together Again, which she co-wrote with her brother.

Survivors include her husband and a daughter.

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