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Madelyn Pugh Davis, "I Love Lucy" Writer, dies at 90

April 21, 2011 |  4:26 pm

Anyone who has watched the closing credits of the TV classic "I Love Lucy" has probably seen the name of Madelyn Pugh Davis among the writing staff. Davis and her partner, Bob Carroll Jr., wrote the landmark series which has been a TV staple in reruns ever since its first network run in the 1950s.

Davis, a pioneer female writer who worked on the comedy and with its star, Lucille Ball, for four decades, died Wednesday at her home in Bel-Air after a brief illness. She was 90.

Lucie Arnaz, the daughter of Lucille Ball and "I Love Lucy" creator Desi Arnaz, called Davis  "a class act."

"She was a very private person -- very soft-spoken, genteel, feminine, all the words you associate with great ladies,"Arnaz said Wednesday. "And yet she had this ability to write this wacky, insane comedy for my mother.

For more on Davis, see here.

--Greg Braxton