Ah, but yesterday was what would have been Lucille Ball’s 100th birthday– and I blew it. One must never let birthday recognition for this woman who brought so much laughter go by without notice. No offense Nancy, but she was bigger than Ronnie and I found his 100th brouhaha a bit annoying and a continuously overdone bore for at least a whole freaking month!
Hollywood Reporter did some great coverage on Lucy’s life here.
Did you know that Lucy is one of only two TV stars in the National Women’s Hall Of Fame? The other is Oprah. And did you know that Lucy’s mother and Betty White’s mother were very close friends?
Here are some other lesser known Lucy facts.
1. After two decades of trying to become a movie superstar, Lucille Ball was 40 years old before she finally became a Hollywood player with the debut of ‘I Love Lucy’ in 1951.
2. Lucy was not only a genius performer, but a smart, innovative businesswoman: she and husband/co-star Desi Arnaz introduced the idea of syndicating TV shows, and she was the first woman to own her own film studio (Desilu).
3. Among the other TV series produced by Desilu: ‘Star Trek,’ ‘The Untouchables’ and ‘Mission: Impossible.’
4. She attended acting school in New York City … with Bette Davis.
5. Like most other actresses in Hollywood, Lucy auditioned for the role of Scarlett O’Hara in ‘Gone With the Wind.’ But on her way to audition for producer David O. Selznick, she got caught in a rainstorm, was drenched, and had to audition wearing nothing but a long sweater she’d borrowed from Selznick’s assistant.
6. Lucy was not only the Chesterfield cigarette girl, but also a Ziegfield Girl and Goldwyn Girl.
You can you find Lucy starring in this segement of “Zeigfield Follies: An Embarrassment of Riches” segment.
Here’s Lucy in Stage Door: (With a look at the very fabulous Katharine Hepburn!)
Lucy discusses the grape stomping episode, which was based on her real life experience!
Lucy and Vivyan Vance AKA Ethel in the forever-famous Chocolate Factory episode.
….And let us not forget the Candy Wrapping segment.
No filthy sex jokes. No fart jokes. No swearing. No degrading insults to women or minorities or pretty much anyone else. No special effects. Yet, Lucy and Ethel were funnier than 95% of the “Funny” people today. Now why is that?…And after all these years, she is still in syndication. How appropriate for the woman who invented the entire concept of syndication….
Soooooooooooooooooo….what’s YOUR favorite Lucy clip???? Post them here, friends. America doesn’t need another John Boehner, or another Barack Obama. But America sure could use another Lucy again, considering the sad state of affairs our politicians have left us in.
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