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Last of the ‘I Love Lucy’ Writers Dies

Oct 11, 2017  •  Post A Comment

The last living writer from the classic sitcom “I Love Lucy” — one of just four writers the show had — has died. The Los Angeles Times reports that Bob Schiller died Tuesday in Pacific Palisades, Calif. He was 98.

Schiller had a long partnership with writer and producer Bob Weiskopf, collaborating on “I Love Lucy,” “Make Room for Daddy,” “The Lucy Show,” “The Red Skelton Show,” “The Carol Burnett Show,” “Maude,” “All in the Family” and other shows. The team chalked up a string of Emmys, Peabodys, a Golden Globe and other awards.

They also wrote for 1950s sitcoms including “The Bob Cummings Show,” ”December Bride,” ”The Jimmy Durante Show” and “The Ann Sothern Show.”

Earlier, Schiller wrote scripts for radio, including the classic series “Duffy’s Tavern,” ”Abbott and Costello” and “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.”

“When asked about the success and longevity of his partnership with Weiskopf, Schiller was known to respond, ‘That’s easy — we’ve never agreed on anything,’ to which Weiskopf would fire back, ‘Yes, we have!’ Weiskopf died in 2001,” The Times reports.

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