Linda Wohl, Longtime Music Legal Executive at Paramount, Dies at 66

She spent 30 years with the studio and cleared tunes for 'Forrest Gump' and other films before leaving in 2012.

Linda Wohl, a member of the music legal team at Paramount Pictures for three decades, died Sunday in Los Angeles after a battle with cancer, the studio announced. She was 66.

Wohl began her music legal career at United Artists Records before joining Paramount in 1982.

In one of her most satisfying endeavors, she steered the music-intensive Forrest Gump — winner of the Oscar for best picture in 1995 — through many challenges and setbacks. Her work enabled the filmmakers to use the music of their choosing, and that contributed to the enormously successful worldwide release of the film and its soundtrack album.

As senior vp legal, Wohl guided attorneys through the arcane world of the music business before leaving Paramount in 2012.

"Linda was always generous with her encyclopedic knowledge, possessed a sly sense of humor and was charmingly eccentric," Paramount said in a statement. "Her fellow lawyers on either side of the negotiating table would acknowledge that no one ever knew more about film music law than Linda."

Wohl was born in New Rochelle, New York, on March 16, 1952. Her father was an aerospace engineer with Grumman who worked on the F-14 aircraft and the space program, and her mother owned a real estate company.

She attended New Rochelle High School, then graduated from the College of Arts & Sciences at Cornell University in 1972 and New York University Law School in 1975.

Survivors include her mother, Marjorie; sister Hope; brothers Eddie (wife Jules) and Kenny (Myriam); nephews and nieces Jonathan, Jack, Luke and Beverly; great-niece Shai; and great-nephew Brian.

Services will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday at Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries in the Hollywood Hills.