The Info List - Monica Johnson

Monica Johnson (February 21, 1946 – November 1, 2010) was an American screenwriter whose film credits included Mother, Lost in America, Modern Romance, Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again
Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again
and The Muse. Her television credits included The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Laverne & Shirley and It's Garry Shandling's Show
It's Garry Shandling's Show
.[1] She was a frequent collaborator with Albert Brooks.[1]


1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Awards 5 Filmography 6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] Johnson was born Monica Lenore Belson in 1946 in Colorado, but was raised in El Centro, California[1] and spent her early years in medical and dental assistants’ school.[2][3][4][5] Career[edit] Her brother, Jerry Belson, a longtime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
winning screenwriter and film producer, hired her to type scripts for the TV series The Odd Couple circa 1972; noticing that his sister added jokes to the scripts which met with the producers' approval, he suggested that she partner with Marilyn Suzanne Miller to form a writing team. Initially working under her married name of Monica Mcgowan in 1973, she and Miller penned three scripts for The Mary Tyler Moore Show. For the second script, having remarried, she was credited as Monica Mcgowan Johnson. By the time of third script in 1974, she was credited simply as Monica Johnson, the professional name she would use for the rest of her career. Miller and Johnson broke up as a writing team in 1974; Miller would go on to become one of the original writers for Saturday Night Live starting in 1975. Johnson later became a writer/producer on Laverne & Shirley, and worked on a couple of TV movies before beginning her long-term screenwriting collaboration with Albert Brooks
Albert Brooks
in 1979 with the film Real Life. The two would co-write 5 more of Brooks' films over the following two decades.[6] Johnson wrote the book Penny Saver (unpublished), and the movie, Marrying for Money (unproduced), and began doing art work.[7] Personal life[edit] Johnson, a resident of Palm Springs, California, died of esophageal cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
on November 1, 2010, aged 64. She was survived by her seventh husband, Charles Lohr; a daughter, Heidi Johnson; and a brother, Gordon Belson.[1][8] Awards[edit]

National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay 1985 Lost in America National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay 1996 Mother


The Paul Lynde Show
The Paul Lynde Show
(1973) (TV) The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
(1973) (TV) Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers
Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers
(1974) (TV) The Cheerleaders
The Cheerleaders
(1976) (TV) Laverne & Shirley (1977) (TV) The Plant Family (1978) (TV) Real Life (with Albert Brooks
Albert Brooks
and Harry Shearer) (1979)[9][10] Americathon
(with Neal Israel, Michael Mislove, Phil Proctor
Phil Proctor
and Peter Bergman) (1979) Modern Romance (with Albert Brooks) (1981)[11] Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again
Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again
(with Jerry Belson, Harvey Miller and Michael J. Leeson) (1982) Lost in America
Lost in America
(with Albert Brooks) (1985)[12] It's Garry Shandling's Show
It's Garry Shandling's Show
(1990) (TV)[13] Good Sports (1991) (TV) The Scout (with Roger Angell, Andrew Bergman and Albert Brooks) (1994) Mother
(with Albert Brooks) (1996)[14] The Muse (with Albert Brooks) (1999)[15]


^ a b c d McLellan, Dennis (2010-11-04). " Monica Johnson dies at 64; movie and TV writer". Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times. Retrieved 2010-11-20.  ^ http://deadline.com/2010/11/r-i-p-monica-johnson-80766/ ^ https://variety.com/2010/film/news/muse-mother-co-writer-monica-johnson-dies-1118026773/ ^ http://www.emmys.com/news/news/award-winning-comedy-writer-monica-johnson-dies ^ https://www.malextra.com/movies/movie-news/Albert+Brooks+Pays+Tribute+To+Monica+Johnson-86779.html ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=-tJPVDQ2ToUC&pg=PT353&lpg=PT353&dq=Monica ^ http://deadline.com/2010/11/r-i-p-monica-johnson-80766/ ^ https://austinhere.wordpress.com/2010/11/29/she-collected-lava-lamps-my-time-with-monica-johnson/ ^ http://www.albertbrooks.com/movies/real-life/ ^ http://www.albertbrooks.com/press-news/2016/11/when-reality-was-a-joke-the-making-of-albert-brooks-real-life/ ^ http://www.albertbrooks.com/movies/modern-romance/ ^ http://www.albertbrooks.com/press-news/2017/08/albert-brooks-lost-in-america-remains-piercingly-relevant-32-years-later/ ^ http://grouchoreviews.com/reviews/3583 ^ http://www.albertbrooks.com/press-news/1997/03/meeting-of-the-comedy-minds/ ^ http://www.albertbrooks.com/press-news/1999/08/albert-brooks-funnyman-whose-muse-is-in-the-mirror/

External links[edit]

Monica Johnson on IMDb https://www.primoquotes.com/author/Monica+Johnson

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National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay


David Newman and Robert Benton (1967) John Cassavetes
John Cassavetes
(1968) Paul Mazursky
Paul Mazursky
and Larry Tucker (1969) Éric Rohmer
Éric Rohmer
(1970) Penelope Gilliatt (1971) Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman
(1972) George Lucas, Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck (1973) Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman
(1974) Robert Towne
Robert Towne
and Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(1975) Alain Tanner
Alain Tanner
and John Berger
John Berger
(1976) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
and Marshall Brickman (1977) Paul Mazursky
Paul Mazursky
(1978) Steve Tesich
Steve Tesich
(1979) Bo Goldman
Bo Goldman
(1980) John Guare
John Guare
(1981) Murray Schisgal and Larry Gelbart
Larry Gelbart
(1982) Bill Forsyth
Bill Forsyth
(1983) Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel and Bruce Jay Friedman (1984) Albert Brooks
Albert Brooks
and Monica Johnson (1985) Hanif Kureishi
Hanif Kureishi
(1986) John Boorman
John Boorman
(1987) Ron Shelton (1988) Gus Van Sant
Gus Van Sant
and Daniel Yost (1989) Charles Burnett (1990) David Cronenberg
David Cronenberg
(1991) David Webb Peoples (1992) Jane Campion
Jane Campion
(1993) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
and Roger Avary
Roger Avary
(1994) Amy Heckerling (1995) Albert Brooks
Albert Brooks
and Monica Johnson (1996) Curtis Hanson
Curtis Hanson
and Brian Helgeland (1997) Scott Frank (1998) Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman
(1999) Kenneth Lonergan
Kenneth Lonergan


Julian Fellowes
Julian Fellowes
(2001) Ronald Harwood (2002) Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini
Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini
(2003) Alexander Payne
Alexander Payne
and Jim Taylor (2004) Noah Baumbach
Noah Baumbach
(2005) Peter Morgan (2006) Tamara Jenkins
Tamara Jenkins
(2007) Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh
(2008) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (2009) Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin
(2010) Asghar Farhadi
Asghar Farhadi
(2011) Tony Kushner
Tony Kushner
(2012) Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy
Julie Delpy
(2013) Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson
(2014) Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (2015) Kenneth Lonergan
Kenneth Lonergan
(2016) Greta Gerwig
Greta Gerwig

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