Emmy-winning TV writer ("The Dick Van Dyke Show") and producer ("The Odd Couple") who crossed over to film in 1968, writing and producing the Debbie Reynolds vehicle "How Sweet it Is!" (1968) with par...
The star lost her battle with cancer and passed away in Los Angeles, aged 54.
She teamed up with Brooks to pen several hit movies in the 1970s and 1980s, including Modern Romance, Real Life, and Lost In America.
Johnson - the sister of comedy writer Jerry Belson, who died of cancer in 2006 - also worked on programmes like The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Laverne and Shirley.
Brooks says, "Monica Johnson was an extraordinary person. Funny, smart, and so much fun to work with. The world has lost a great sense of humour."
Johnson is survived by her only daughter, Heidi Johnson, and her seventh husband Charles Lohr.
Partnered with writer-director Garry Marshall and the duo wrote for "The Dick Van Dyke Show," (CBS) "The Lucy Show," (CBS) "The Danny Thomas Show," (ABC/CBS) "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.," (CBS) "The Joey Bishop Show" (ABC) and "Hey Landlord," (NBC) which they c
Film co-writing and co-producing debut (with Garry Marshall), "How Sweet It Is!"
Created "The Odd Couple" (ABC), serving as executive producer for the sitcom, which starred Tony Randall and Jack Klugman
Feature film directing debut (also co-writer), "Jekyll & Hyde... Together Again"
Emmy-winning TV writer ("The Dick Van Dyke Show") and producer ("The Odd Couple") who crossed over to film in 1968, writing and producing the Debbie Reynolds vehicle "How Sweet it Is!" (1968) with partner Garry Marshall. Perhaps his finest work as a screenwriter came with "Smile" (1975), a marvelously pointed satire of the California beauty pageant scene.<p>Belson made a disappointing directorial debut with "Jekyll & Hyde... Together Again" (1982) and fared only slightly better with the light romance, "Surrender" (1987).