Writer and producer Joan Worth died Dec. 8 in Los Angeles of natural causes. She was 72.
She was the widow of Marvin Worth, who produced “Lenny,” “Malcolm X,” “Where’s Poppa?” and “The Rose.”
Born in Brooklyn, she attended Bard College and acted in summer stock. She collaborated with her husband, and also exhibited her paintings in galleries.
Upon his death in 1998, she assumed control of Marvin Worth Productions.
In 1999, she produced a restaging at the Queens Theater in London of the Julian Barry Tony-winning play “Lenny,” which starred Eddie Izzard and was directed by Sir Peter Hall.
In 2005, she co-wrote and staged (with Alan Sacks), a one-man show entitled “Lenny Bruce: In His Own Words” in Los Angeles. The production was taken to New York in 2006.
She was developing a new film featuring the material of Lenny Bruce. She has also written several books, including a memoir of her life with Marvin Worth.
Joan is survived by three children, writer/producer Jody Worth; record executive Missy Worth; and Daniele Worth-Ochoa; and four grandchildren.
Donations may be made to Alcoholics Anonymous.