LOS ANGELES: Barbara Turner, an award-winning screenwriter and mother of actress Jennifer Jason Leigh, died on Tuesday aged 79, media reports said.
She died in Los Angeles, Variety magazine reported. The cause of death was unclear.
Turner, who began her career in acting before turning to screenwriting, penned numerous film works including “Petulia,” “Georgia,” and “Pollock.”
Born in New York City, she studied acting and appeared in a number of plays and television series in the 1950s and 1960s before taking up screenwriting.
She was married twice, first to actor Vic Morrow, with whom she had two daughters — Leigh and Carrie Ann Morrow — then Iranian-born film director Reza Badiyi, with whom she had another daughter, Mina Badiyi Chassler.
Among her many screenplay credits, “Petulia,” an obscure 1968 movie, was nominated for a Writers’ Guild of America award.