“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Woman Behind I Love Lucy…

Posted on April 22, 2011 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here… Lucille_Ball_and_Desi_Arnaz

   One of the talented co-writers of the iconic I Love Lucy has died. Madelyn Pugh was part of Lucille Ball’s creative team throughout her radio and television career. Together with her partner, Bob Carroll, Jr., they spent 50 years collaborating on shows including My Favorite Husband, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here’s Lucy, and Life With Lucy. They also received writing credit on films  starring Ball; most notably – Forever Darling and Yours, Mine, and Ours.  LUCILLE BALL AND DESI ARNAZ  —>

   However, Pugh will be best remembered as the creator of the Lucy character. Head writer Jess Oppenheimer supervised the project while they worked closely with Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball. As part of an unprecedented strategy, Pugh and Carroll created a live vaudeville act for the acting couple, which became the basis for the pilot episode of I Love Lucy. Pugh later authored Laughing with Lucy: My Life with America’s Leading Lady of Comedy.

   Pugh and Carroll also wrote for other television programs. Among them, The Steve Allen Show, The Paul Lynde Show, and The Mothers-In-Law. On Alice, the two collaborators served as Executive Producers. They received a Golden Globe for their work as Writers in a Comedy Series.

Dominick and Madelyn   Most photos of Madelyn Pugh are copyrighted. However, my good friend, Dominick Garcia, has put a photo on his Facebook Page of the two at an undisclosed event. He’s such a great guy, I’m sharing this unpublished picture of Dominick and Madelyn.

   Dominick is a local Southern California radio personality, who was kind enough to visit at my recent Barnes & Noble booksigning party for Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History in Montclair.

   Madelyn Pugh died peacefully on Wednesday in Santa Monica at the age of 90.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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