Madelyn Pugh Davis (pictured above with her writing partner Bob Carroll and Lucille Ball, inset), a television writer who helped create “I Love Lucy” alongside Lucille and Desi Arnaz, passed away from undisclosed causes in Los Angeles on Wednesday (April 20). She was 90 years of age, reports The Wrap.
Davis helped pave the way for women in television, as back in the 1950s, she and Lucille Ball were among the few females working in the industry. She was behind many of the classic “Lucy” moments, including the chocolate candy, the grape crushing and the Vitameatavegamin commercial, which might be our favorite Lucy moment ever (clip below).
After “I Love Lucy” ended its run, Davis continued to work with Ball on “The Lucy Show,” “Life with Lucy” and even penned a 2005 memoir titled “Laughing with Lucy.” She also produced and wrote for “Alice” from 1977-85. Davis was nominated for two Emmys for “I Love Lucy” and a third for “Here’s Lucy.” She also won the Los Angeles Times Woman of the Year award in 1957.