Industry vet active in screenwriting, project development

Miriam “Mimi” Roth, longtime industry vet active in screenwriting and project development, wife to producer and USC film school teacher Leon Roth and mother to Oscar-winning writer Eric Roth, died Thursday March 7 in Studio City, Calif., after a yearlong battle with cancer. She was 81.

Roth, one of the first female executives to head development for a big studio, served as chief of United Artists’ development department 1958-71. She later joined Playboy Prods. and taught screenwriting at what is now USC’s School of Cinema-Television and also lectured at the American Film Institute.

Bronx native was raised in Far Rockaway, graduated first in her high school class and during the late 1940s, wrote comedy material for a young Art Carney during his radio days and also for the radio quizshow “Break the Bank.”

Besides her husband and son (who won his Oscar for the screenplay to “Forrest Gump”), she is survived by another son, Steven; a daughter, Nancy; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is pending.

In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations in Roth’s name be made to Women For, 8913 West Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

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