Parke Levy, who created the mother-in-law TV series “December Bride” and wrote and directed for the hit radio show “My Friend Irma,” has died at age 84.
Levy, who died March 8, worked in the Golden Age of radio, writing for “The Joe Penner Show” and working with Ed Wynn, Ed Gardner, Jack Pearl and “Old Maestro” Ben Bernie.
Levy’s character Irma, a full-figured, empty-headed woman, debuted in radio’s “My Friend Irma” in 1947 with Marie Wilson in the title role.
A TV version of the show ran for two years and the 1949 film version introduced Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis to movie audiences.
Levy created the character Lily Ruskin from “December Bride” in the image of his own mother-in-law, making her a woman who inspired love rather than conflict in her married daughter’s home.
A Philadelphia native, Levy attended Temple U. on a scholarship.
A cause of death was not released.
He is survived by his wife, Beatrice, a daughter, a son and two grandchildren.