The pioneering comedy writer, born Margaret Frances Lynch, passed away on Friday (24Jul15) at her home in Becket, Massachusetts.

Lynch was one of the first women to create, star in and single-handedly write her own comedy series, Ethel and Albert, in the 1950s.

She created the characters while writing variety sketches and programs for regional radio in the 1930s, and the show became a fixture on U.S. radio five days a week by 1944.

The comedy, about a young married couple, then moved to television as a segment within The Kate Smith Hour before landing its own show in 1953. It switched back to radio under the title The Couple Next Door after it was cancelled on TV in 1956. It ended in 1960 and has been occasionally revived for specials.