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Subject: ARCHIVE: March 15, 1921 ~It was a century ago, veteran American TV writer MADELYN PUGH, the multiple EMMY-nominee primarily known for her collaboration with series connected to actress Lucille Ball, like "I Love Lucy", "The Lucy Show", and "Here's Lucy", was born 100 years ago, today! ...
Madelyn Pugh died of natural causes a month after her 90th birthday, in April 2011.
Madelyn Laverne Pugh was born in Indianapolis to I. Watt Pugh, a bank treasurer, and Louise Huff. She had two older sisters, Audrey and Rosalind. Pugh became interested in writing while serving as Friday editor of the Shortridge High School daily newspaper in Indianapolis, Indiana with classmate Kurt Vonnegut. At Shortridge she also served as vice president of her senior class. She graduated from the Indiana University School of Journalism in 1942. Her first professional writing job was writing short radio spots for WIRE, an Indianapolis radio station. When her family moved to California, she got work as a radio writer, first for NBC and then CBS, where she met Bob Carroll. Pugh credits some of her breakthrough as "the girl writer" to the war effort, which limited the pool of qualified male writers. Early in her career, she was frequently the only female writer on staff.
...Together they wrote some 400 television programs and roughly 500 radio shows. While the team was writing for The Steve Allen Show, they became interested in writing for Lucille Ball's new radio show, My Favorite Husband. They paid Allen to write his own show one week so they could focus on creating a script submission for My Favorite Husband. Under the supervision of head writer Jess Oppenheimer, the pair wrote Ball's radio program for its 2½ years. Pugh and Carroll helped create a vaudeville act for Lucille Ball and her husband Desi Arnaz, which became the basis for the pilot episode of I Love Lucy. ...
...Together with Oppenheimer and/or Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf, who joined the show at the beginning of the fifth year, the team tackled 39 episodes
per season for the run of the series. Although they never won, Pugh and Carroll were nominated for three Emmy Awards for their work on the series.
Pugh and Carroll are credited with helping create the 'Lucy' character, which Ball played in one form or another for over 40 years. The pair also wrote episodes for The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy, The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show (aka The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour) and Ball's final series, the unsuccessful Life with Lucy (1986). The pair's other writing credits include work on the television series The Paul Lynde Show, Dorothy, Those Whiting Girls, Kocham Klane (an I Love Lucy series remake in Poland) and The Tom Ewell Show. They also worked on the films Forever, Darling and Yours, Mine and Ours, starring Ball. They created and wrote the Desi Arnaz Productions series The Mothers-in-Law (filmed at Desilu), which starred actresses Kaye Ballard and Eve Arden. The two served for seven years as executive producers of the long-running television series Alice and occasionally contributed scripts, one of which was awarded a Golden Globe Award.
In September 2005, Madelyn Pugh Davis, who lived in California, released
her memoirs, titled Laughing with Lucy, written with Bob Carroll Jr. ...
Private life & Death ...
Pugh was married twice. She married TV producer Quinn Martin on December 24, 1955 in Los Angeles, until their 1960 divorce. They had a son, Michael Quinn Martin. She later married Dr. Richard Merrill Davis in 1964, and remained married until his death in 2009. Pugh Davis died on April 20, 2011, aged 90, in Bel Air, California, and her ashes were in a place of honor on display in the Chapel columbarium, at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The windowed display includes photos, her book, and cup of sharpened pencils, which were never far from the writer's reach in life. Pugh's eternal resting place niche in beside that of veteran popular Hollywood actress Ann Sheridan. ...