Comedy writer Monica Johnson, who with frequent collaborator Albert Brooks penned “The Muse” and “Mother,” died Nov. 1 in Los Angeles of esophageal cancer. She was 64.
“The Muse” and “Mother,” both starring Brooks, took the New York Film Critics Circle and National Society of Film Critics awards.
Johnson wrote an Emmy-winning episode of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” as well as for “Laverne and Shirley” and “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show.”
She was training in the medical field when, according to a bio on her website, “she got a lucky break: nepotism. Her brother introduced her to the world of comedy, and she hasn’t looked back, except for occasionally when she catches her coat in the door.”
With Brooks she also wrote screenplays for 1985’s “Lost in America” and 1994’s “The Scout,” in which he starred. With her brother Jerry Belson, she co-wrote “Jekyll and Hyde … Together Again.”
Other pics she penned were “Modern Romance,” “Americathon” and “The Plant Family.”
Survivors include her husband, Charles Lohr, and a daughter.