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  1. At the Comedy Center in Jamestown last year, on display was a pink and gold gown worn by Lucy that the group had trouble identifying. Finally it was determined that this was Lucy’s costume from John Wayne’s Swing Out, Sweet Land, but without the floor length vest she wore over it. While watching Lucy and the Generation Gap today, I had the realization that this was the same costume Lucy wore as Mrs. Julius Caesar. I somehow never made the connection before. Maybe the long wig and crown jazzed it up a bit more.
  2. Emmy and Tony Winner Ron Leibman has died at 79. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ron-leibman-dead-actor-angels-america-wheres-poppa-friends-was-82-1197320 He and Jessica Walter were so much fun together on Gilbert Gottfried’s podcast not too long ago.
  3. Jane said she didn’t think Lucy had many friends, but I don’t know what gave her that impression.
  4. Jane seemed to make a similar statement.
  5. Jane Connell did an interview with Michael Karol for one of his books. Overall, she liked Lucy and the experience, but she thought Lucy seemed paranoid like she thought people were against her. She said Lucy clashed with Gene Saks. Lucy was very nice to her. Jane wasn’t a fan of the finished project and wished Angela could have done it. I believe Joyce Van Patten discussed the film on Gilbert Gottfried’s podcast recently. I should listen to that. She would have a difference perspective than Jerry, Bea, and Jane because she was not involved with the Broadway production.
  6. There have been rumors of Lucy and Preston not exactly clicking, but I don’t recall either of them publicly commenting on the other. Lucy did do a tribute to him (recreating the Mame title number) at The Thalians a decade after they did Mame. Although it is possible she was willing to do that just to support the charity.
  7. I want to see how spotless the floor was!
  8. She said she stumbled upon the special on HBO and couldn’t believe her ears. She called out, “Gary! Gary! Is that Eddie Murphy?!” Her shock was very dramatic. LOL
  9. The Lincoln Center Library has the audio recording of this Lucy interview. Lucy never mentions Eddie Murphy mentioning her. Lucy’s over the top retelling of coming across the Eddie Murphy special on HBO and calling Gary into the room is hilarious, but I don’t think she was trying to be funny.
  10. This is what I predict the book will be like: “Upon their first meeting, Carole Lombard said to Lucy, “Lucille, I was born Jane Alice Peters in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I was nominated for an Oscar for My Man Godfrey back in ‘36. Now, I’m married to Clark Gable, “the King of Hollywood.” Do you want to know what he’s like in bed?” (Continued for several pages)
  11. I’m sure every page will feature a word for word account of a private conversation that no one could have possibly heard that features improbable biographical information that wouldn’t come up in a conversation and a salacious sexual detail.
  12. I’ve long been afraid these fiction artists would latch onto Lucy.
  13. According to Will & Grace creator Max Mutchnick, this is the third-to-last episode. He says it was the idea of former NBC entertainment head Bob Greenblatt. Greenblatt is a friend and neighbor of Lucie’s and was responsible for the They’re Playing Our Song anniversary concert earlier this year.
  14. Sean Hayes was on Seth Meyers last week and said they have four episodes left to shoot. I assume this is the first of that last four. They have already aired five of this season’s 18 episodes.
  15. Will & Grace will be doing a special I Love Lucy-themed episode and Lucie will play Elvia Allman in their candy factory sequence! This is so exciting! https://ew.com/tv/2019/11/25/will-and-grace-i-love-lucy-episode/
  16. PBS will be airing Carol Burnett: A Celebration in December. Check your local listings.
  17. Angela did occasionally do glamour in the movies. She played a glamorous New York matron in The World of Henry Orient three years before she did Mame on Broadway. Here she is looking very “Mame”-like. Of course, this was a decade before the movie musical was filmed. The 1983 Mame revival was a tour that somehow faltered, so it was decided to bring it into New York very quickly and with no advance publicity. It wasn’t making money and then whatever interest there was in it evaporated because Jerry Herman’s much anticipated La Cage Aux Folles started on Broadway in the midst of Mame’s short run. People have remarked the sets looked cheap compared to the original production. Mame is much harder to cast than Dolly. You need a real triple threat. The character of Mame has a lot more musical numbers and is almost never off stage. Dolly has a lot of time off stage. I think That’s How Young a Feel has several puzzling lyrics. “To have a hot dog with sand and mustard?” I would give almost anything to see footage of Ann Miller’s production number, though!
  18. Still no announcement of a director, but the film has qualified for a California tax credit to shoot in the state. Seems like progress. https://www.dailynews.com/2019/11/12/major-directors-damien-chazelle-paul-thomas-anderson-shooting-their-next-films-in-california/
  19. Although it would be great for Lucy to have a big second act dance number, I’m not sure if “That’s How Young I Feel” would be the right number. It’s a very fun song, but probably the weakest in the score lyrically. The Upson Downs sequence was radically changed for the film version and I’ve heard many people say that they feel like this scene was Lucy’s best in the film (“Straight scotch.”) I can’t picture an uptempo number inserted in this scene. I’ve written this before (probably multiple times in this thread!), but, when I saw a screening of Mame a few years ago, “Gooch’s Song” got the biggest round of applause!
  20. What becomes a legend most?.... I love the juxtaposition of Dame Ann Miller in her Halston original and the Merm in that housedress.
  21. Carol has said Lucy hired her when she couldn’t get a job. By the time she left The Garry Moore Show she was a beloved two time Emmy winner. Her next series, The Entertainers, was cancelled after a season and, at the same time, was the Fade Out - Fade In debacle. She was selling tickets on Broadway. At one point the show was out grossing Hello, Dolly! and Funny Girl just because of Carol’s name. Her TV specials were very highly rated. Carol moved to California from New York around this time, presumably for more work opportunities. I don’t know if the move occurred before or after her first Lucy appearance. Carol always says she “pushed the button” and made the decision to do her variety show Christmas week 1966, but I have seen news reports from the time that had the announcement earlier that year.
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