Born Feb. 27, 1922, Tolkin grew up on Montreal’s famed St. Urbain Street. She married TV comedy writer Mel Tolkin and later moved to Westchester County, N.Y., where they had two sons, Michael and Stephen Tolkin, who are both now screenwriters. Tolkin graduated from Columbia University Law School in 1960, one of only eight women in her class.
The family moved to Los Angeles a year later, and Tolkin found work as an attorney for MGM and then Paramount. She rose to senior VP of legal affairs for Paramount. She also served as treasurer, secretary, and president of the Los Angeles Copyright Society.
She is survived by her sons, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren, Susanna, Emma, Theadora, and Leo.
A memorial service will be held in her honor at Los Angeles’ Hillside Memorial Park on Sunday at noon. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.