Carlotta Florio Johnson, Former Awards Executive at Focus Features, Dies

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She started out as an assistant to Michael Eisner and later served as a Columbia Pictures vice president.

Carlotta Florio Johnson, a former executive at Columbia Pictures, Focus Features and other studios, has died. She was believed to be 67.

She died Sept. 19 at Waterbury Hospital in Connecticut after suffering her third stroke, 40 months after she had her first one, her family announced.

Born in Queens, New York, she earned a bachelor's degree from Vassar College, worked for Estee Lauder and spent five years with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

After serving as an assistant to Michael Eisner and working in the theater division at Paramount, she moved to Los Angeles in the mid-1980s. She went on to stints at TriStar Pictures, Columbia — where she was a vice president — Sony Pictures, Paramount, Scott Rudin Productions, AMC, USA Films and Focus, where she headed its awards department.

"Loved working with Carlotta at Focus," publicist Vivian Mayer wrote in an online tribute. "She was always such a ray of sunshine."

After leaving full-time work in 2010, Florio Johnson continued her awards work as a freelancer while also venturing into TV publicity.

Survivors include her husband Ed, niece Giulia and grand-nephew Ludovico.