Chances are you’ve never heard of Madelyn Pugh Davis, who died yesterday at the age of 90
—but you should know who she is. This amazing lady was a comedy pioneer who co-wrote the pilot of I Love Lucy
and went on to pen over 125 episodes of the sitcom during its first four seasons. She continued writing for the show through the rest of its six-year run, then contributed to Lucille Ball’s next projects: The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour
, The Lucy Show
, Here’s Lucy
, and the comedian’s last series, Life With Lucy
. All told, Davis and Ball worked together for four decades.
Davis was nominated for two Emmys for the original Lucy, but she didn’t win either one. Here’s hoping the awards commemorate her somehow at this year’s show.