Peg Lynch, Comedy writer and actress, Died at 98

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Dead, Margaret Frances “Peg” Lynch (November 25, 1916 – July 25, 2015), was an American writer and actor, and creator of the radio and television sitcom Ethel and Albert.


She was one of the first women to star in, own, and write, singlehandedly, her own comedy series. In total, Lynch wrote nearly 11,000 scripts for radio and television.

Lynch’s father died of the Spanish flu when she was two years old, after which she and her mother moved back to Kasson, Minnesota, fifteen miles west of Rochester, where her mother resumed her job as an orthopedic nurse at the Mayo Clinic.


Lynch’s start in radio began at age fifteen when, working part-time as a receptionist at the Mayo Clinic, she agreed to help out at KROC in Rochester, a radio station belonging to a classmate’s father, by writing copy and interviewing celebrities who were in town (usually to visit the Clinic) including Lou Gehrig, Jeanette MacDonald, Knute Rockne and Ernest Hemingway.