Novelist and TV writer and producer Judith Paige Mitchell died of cancer on Feb. 10 in Los Angeles. She was 77.
A native of New Orleans, she began as the writer of novels including “A Wilderness of Monkeys,” “The Covenant” and “Love is not a Safe Country.”
Her novels turned on topics of the era including integration and civil rights. While living in Jackson, Miss., she was an active member of the civil rights movement.
She moved to Los Angeles in 1965, where she worked in television as both writer and producer of series and teleplays, including John Grisham’s legal thriller “The Client,” “Lies of the Heart,” “Burning Bridges” and numerous others, many of them dealing with true crime.
Leslie Moonves, CEO of CBS Corp., said, “Her writing was spot on in describing the colorful people that she knew. And working with her was always the most joyful adventure.”
She is survived by her husband Jeremy Tarcher, a daughter, two sons, six grandchildren and a sister.