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    I recently found this interesting piece from the Post- Journal: “Mrs. Hoffman has been here this week with permission of Lucille Ball to collect stories and anecdotes especially of her early years here...Those who are familiar with any anecdotes from days Lucille lived in this area are invited to mail or leave them at the Post Journal.” And she was cool with Gary being in Lenny as well. I really wonder if she was okay with something if close friends or family were in it. I recently was tipped off to a movie Desi Jr. did in the late 70s called Joyride. It's basically celebrities kid's in a movie, drinking, doing drugs and having sex. And yes there is nudity. Check it out, it's uncut on Youtube. So that made me think about a Carson I have where Johnny asks Lucy about her kids doing films like that and Lucy says that they would never do that. Wonder if Lucy ever saw that movie (it was made after the Carson appearance). Bob Osborne said this: “She used to tell me about how, a lot of the times, she used to go to these parties, where she’s go in and there’d be this huge, long table. She said the girls would sit at every other seat. ‘The first thing you did,’ she’d say, ‘is reach under the plate and get your hundred-dollar bill.’ I don’t know if they had to end up going to bed with them, or were just there as dinner companions while these mobsters were having a meeting, but it was survival, just trying to survive.”- in the book Desilu I keep running in to more people with this theory or have heard this rumor. Here is how I've tracked the story. Early 1930s publicity mentions a car accident in Central Park but it's never the same telling. By the 40s I see the story pop up but the story goes that it was a fever or some other illness that set in after the accident. In 1954 when her and Desi were on the Ed Sullivan tribute, the guy roasting them mentions the car accident. The RA story first turns up in the 1954 Harris book and is similar to the one Lucy tells in Love Lucy. So what is the reason for 2 different stories? And then there's this link for fun. https://www.notstandingstillsdisease.com/2015/11/16/ive-pissed-off-lucille-balls-family-licensing-agency/?fbclid=IwAR3pIEwr4EXMcZWJoPtxx3aiejFtDPQOaPQN5Tnr7zgXo3wNz_9wR0ju9Lc
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    I guess Bruce and Diane forgot to tell their daughter that Lucy Carmichael was a widow trying to get by. http://greginhollywood.com/laura-dern-on-change-in-lucille-ball-from-i-love-lucy-to-the-lucy-show-years-i-was-like-‘she-seems-sad-now’”-168571?fbclid=IwAR3XRmtVWi6JGE8RI2QkL819jmHy7cWxyDbFvoJAAzliLJUKDw83OFiAXKw
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    Everything I'd read about right-wing Commie hater, morally rigid Lela makes this seem like ludicrous "made-up dialogue"*, a Darwin Porter specialty. In his "tell-all" book about Merv Griffin, he writes of a conversation between Merv and Eva Gabor (using dialogue quotation marks) that no one witnessed and one neither Merv or Eva would have recounted verbatim to anyone else. But I have to give some credence to the idea that the 60s-80s Beverly Hills conservative matron Lucille Ball portrayed herself as (the one that stopped the showing of "Blow Up" in disgust, was livid at Brando for "Tango in Paris"--her suggestion to Marlon: "use EGGS!!"---but somehow was OK with screening Paula's "Dinah East" with its full-frontal male nudity--on the "lanai"--the latter according to Paula in "Lucy Loves ME" ) was a far cry from the wild little Lucy Ball from Jamestown in the late 20s and NYC/Hollywood in the 30s--although I wouldn't go along with Darwin's assertion that she was "turning tricks". (Hip-swaying "McGillicuddy" of "Ricky Gets a Raise": maybe; but not Lucille Ball). If it were so (and not necessarily believing it), I do NOT hold it against her. It was the depression and Lucille Ball in New York City was starving. Literally ! Look at pics of her from that era. I also think it's possible that this "2 years of not walking because of rheumatoid arthritis" could possibly be a cover-up for a pregnancy and possible birth of a child in or around 1929. I only say this because I have a vague memory of talk-show Lucy telling two different versions of this "down time". I don't remember the other version (hit by a car, I think). Again IT DOESN'T MATTER TO ME IN THE SLIGHTEST. I only know that she shit-canned the autobio-book with Betty Hannah Hoffman once BHH went to Jamestown and starting digging into Lucille's lest-than-Norman Rockwell-esque childhood/adolescence.. This would have been 30 years after Lucy left Jamestown and plenty of current (1962) Jamestown residents would have remembered the Lucille of the 20s. *Ginger in her interview for the WONDERFUL BBC "RKO Story" series from the late 80s expressed her concern and unhappiness that some of her movies may have had communist script-writer influence she was clueless about at the time (and IMO still simple-minded on the subject at the present). "Tender Comrade" among them. So she was still anti-Commie in 1987. Both Lela and Ginger were on the side of the "get the Communists OUT of Hollywood" outrage movement. I'm surprised Lucy's "Meet the People" didn't fall under scrutiny since that was EXACTLY the theme that was eventually considered "anti-Capitalism" which the right equated with pro-Communism. This type of black/white thinking: Not much has changed as I see it.
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    You're right. Once you read the definition of "sanforized", the line is much funnier. One MORE term I only know from these writers. In the wikipedia sanforized definition, they include "Sanforized (clothes) are often labelled as pre-shrunk. " and there you have Lucy's line in the shower "I don't know about you but I'm not pre-shrunk". From wikipedia, I can't tell how long the term or the method sanforized was used--maybe it still is. I was able to give a glance to the ORIGINAL Bob & Madelyn draft of the "Ethel's Hometown" script. I couldn't give it the thorough examination I wanted ,but I remember they repeated the shrinking violet joke a couple of times, calling Ethel "S.V." I wonder if the chemical process of sanforizing was later deemed dangerous like DDT ("And now a group that will do away with the Beatles: the DDT'S!!"--a clever throwaway line from "Music World; and "DDT. You should have sprayed some on that song.") plus "I hope he (Dore Sharey) is wearing ASBESTOS britches". While this is ETHEL'S episode, everybody shines (including Ethel's father and Billy Hackett) and it's a great one, start to finish. So good, I can forgive that the audience for Ethel's 2-song show quickly disperses when the post-show picture is taken. The writers were really on a roll (and just think what was coming up after "Hometown"!!). Rarely in sitcom history has the "sub-couple" been so strong that episodes could be written around them. Even the Dick Van Dyke Show lacked that (unless you count Buddy and Sally). Ann Morgan Gilbert was amusing but they never did a "Millie" episode (that I recall).
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    Vivian has a moment I like in Lucy and The Missing Stamp. When Viv opens the newspaper to collect the dirt Lucy vacuumed up, she pauses for a second to look at something in the paper. Her “Well look at that.” and then putting the paper on the floor cracks me up. It’s not something needed there but it’s that little added extra bit that gives us an unexpected laugh.
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