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Madelyn Pugh Davis
and Bob Carroll, Jr.

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Bob, Madelyn, Jess and Lucy
Lucy discusses a My Favorite Husband radio script with her writers (from left) Bob Carroll, Jr., Madelyn Pugh Davis, and Jess Oppenheimer.


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  Bob and Madelyn with Jess Oppenheimer
 Madelyn Pugh Davis and Bob Carroll, Jr. flank I Love Lucy producer-head writer Jess Oppenheimer in this 1954 photo taken on the I Love Lucy sound stage.
   
Madelyn Pugh Davis and Bob Carroll, Jr. have worked as co-writers for more than 50 years, writing some 400 television programs and 500 radio shows. They met when they were both staff writers at CBS Radio in Hollywood. When Lucille Ball started her new radio program, My Favorite Husband, they were so anxious to write for the series that they paid Steve Allen to write his own show one week so they could submit a spec script for Lucy. Needless to say, the script was accepted. They stayed with the program for the remainder of its 2-1/2 year run, then moved to TV with Miss Ball, collaborating with Jess Oppenheimer on the I Love Lucy pilot and then turning out scripts for 39 episodes a season. Together they also created The Lucy Show and The Mothers-in-Law (starring Eve Arden and Kaye Ballard). Other TV credits include scripts for Here’s Lucy, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, the motion picture Yours, Mine, and Ours (with Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda), and Executive Producers for the TV series Private Benjamin and Alice. They have also written series for Dinah Shore, Debbie Reynolds, and Dorothy Loudon. They received two Emmy Nominations (for writing I Love Lucy) and the Golden Globe Award (for Alice). In 1992 the Writers’ Guild of America awarded Ms. Davis and Mr. Carroll its Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Achievement. Ms. Davis was L.A. Times "Woman of the Year" for 1957 and recipient of the "Women in Film" award in 1996.

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