Laughing With Lucy

Laughing With Lucy

My Life With America's Leading Lady of Comedy

Book - 2005
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At any time, night or day, I Love Lucy is being broadcast somewhere in the world. Four generations have grown up watching I Love Lucy, and Lucille Ball's is the most recognized face in the world. Madelyn Pugh Davis was Lucy's staff writer for nearly half a century. Davis was the first female writer in television and was responsible for thousands of hours of memorable programming. Many of the plot lines used on I Love Lucy were taken from Davis's own life and immortalized by Ball's comic genius. In Laughing with Lucy, Davis and her long-term writing partner, Bob Carroll Jr., recount her rise in television and her many years working on the set and behind the scenes with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. She recounts her experiences as a pioneer in the entertainment industry, one of the first women writers in Hollywood. Lighthearted and witty, this book fondly remembers Lucy and the early days of television.
Publisher: Cincinnati, OH : Emmis Books, c2005.
ISBN: 9781578602476
Call Number: 812.54 DAVIS
Characteristics: 271 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Subjects: Ball, Lucille, 1911-1989.
Davis, Madelyn Pugh.
Television writers -- United States -- Biography.
Additional Contributors: Carroll, Bob Jr.,1918-2007.
Alternative Title: Laughing with Lucy


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Jul 22, 2015

If you are someone who has enjoyed watching the classic, TV Sit-Com from the 1950s known the world over as "I Love Lucy", then, you're sure to find some genuine interest in this book "Laughing with Lucy".

"Laughing With Lucy" was co-written by Madelyn Pugh Davis, in collaboration with Bob Carroll Jr., who together, as a writing team, wrote all of the scripts for each and every episode of this phenomenally popular TV show that, to this very day, still remains a bona-fide hit.

Working for CBS TV in the 1950s, Pugh (as a woman, TV script-writer) was a literal pioneer in a demanding profession which was almost completely dominated by men.

Considering all the first-rate material that Pugh and Carroll wrote together for "I Love Lucy", it was surprising to find out that (though they were nominated more than once) this dynamic writing-duo never won an Emmy for their work.

Throughout much of "Laughing with Lucy" Pugh fondly reminisces about what was going on behind the scenes while she and Bob were busy writing scripts for some of "I Love Lucy's" most memorable episodes.

As an added bonus, "Laughing With Lucy" also features a photo-gallery of rare snapshots of Pugh and Carroll hanging out with the show's cast.

A truly remarkable TV script-writer for forty years, Madelyn Pugh Davis died in 2011 at the age of ninety.


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