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February 5, 1927
Jessup, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||August 3, 2004
Northridge, California, U.S.
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Carroll and Pugh helped develop and create a vaudeville act for Lucille Ball And her husband, Desi Arnaz, which became the basis for the pilot episode of the I Love Lucy series. Together the team tackled 39 episodes per season for the run of the show. Pugh and Carroll were nominated for three Emmys for their work on it. The pair also wrote episodes of Ball's subsequent series, The Lucy Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy, and, in 1986, her final sitcom, Life With Lucy.
The duo's non-Lucy credits include work on the television series The Paul Lynde Show, Dorothy, Those Whiting Girls and Kocham Klane. They created and wrote the successful Desilu series The Mothers-in-Law, which starred Lucille Ball's longtime MGM pals Eve Arden and Kaye Ballard. Carroll and Pugh served as executive producers and did some writing for the hit television series Alice, starring Linda Lavin, for which the duo won a Golden Globe Award. They also wrote the story basis for the film Yours, Mine and Ours (1968).
In a 2005 interview with the St. Petersburg Times, Carroll discussed the fact that he and his writing partner Pugh did not receive any compensation for the I Love Lucy re-runs, as would be standard for writers today. He did, however, keep his sense of humor over the situation telling a reporter: "Do you think I'd be sitting here if I'd had residuals?" Carroll asked. "I'd have flown you down to Cuba for this interview if I had."
He co-authored Madelyn Pugh Davis' memoir, Laughing with Lucy, released September 2005.
Carroll died in Los Angeles after a brief illness. Divorced twice, he was survived by a daughter, Christina Carroll, of Los Angeles.
- Pugh Davis, Madelyn (1 September 2005). Laughing with Lucy: My Life with America's Leading Lady of Comedy. Emmis Book. ISBN 1-57860-247-5. Unknown parameter
- Golden Globe for Alice
- Writers' Guild of America Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Achievement (1992)
- Distinguished Alumni Award, St. Petersburg College (2005)
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