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  1. Great cover art! It's from "Lucy, the Undercover Agent," just like the shot below it.
  2. Here is an interview with Kate Luckinbill, who will be making her solo New York cabaret debut next month. Katharine Luckinbill Spreads Her Wings
  3. I was shocked to learn the other day that Irving Fein, Jack Benny's longtime manager who produced the Jack Benny specials Lucy appeared in, is still alive at 99! He's mentioned in "Lucy and Jack Benny's Biography."
  4. Viv did confirm that she had a relationship with Russel Crouse and she said he was married at the time. In reality, he wasn't actually married, but she was.
  5. I found this book a couple weeks ago and read the "Hooray for What!" section. I really don't think Kay was fired because of Viv. The production was a mess during the out of town tryouts. The first performance ran SIX HOURS long! A ton of people were either fired or left the show. Choreographer Agnes deMille was one of those fired. Another who left the show was Roy Roberts! I don't think Viv was given the part on a temporary basis until they could get a star to replace Kay, but before opening night they gave Viv the role permanently. I don't know if Viv's relationship with Harburg or Wynn had anything to do with it. Vivian was initially attached to Russel Crouse, who wrote the book to the show, as well as Viv's two earlier Merman vehicles.
  6. I didn't notice. I typed that whole post out and then it didn't go though and had to do it over again. I guess I was hungry at the time. lol. I was so careful about not typing "Fabrary."
  7. Other Lucy related people over the age of 90: People who appeared on a Lucy series: June Foray (93) - voice of Fred the dog Marjorie Lord (92) Sid Melton (90) Mickey Rooney (90) Jayne Meadows (90) Others Lucy worked with: Delores Hope (101) Tony Martin (97) Sherwood Schwartz (94) Phyllis Dinner (93) Betty Garrett (91) Maureen O'Hara (90) Nanette Fabray (90) We can add Carol Channing to this list on Monday.
  8. For Lucy guest stars: Kirk Douglas was born in December 1916, so he is 94. Patty Andrews will be 93 next month (born February 1918). Cleo was born in May 1919. Hopefully there are some more!
  9. It's avaliable as part of a Bob Hope DVD collection, but not seperately. Personally, I would have put The Facts of Life on Lucy's DVD collection and Critic's Choice in Bob's.
  10. It appears that the Alexandria Award was made up by some guy. It's not a real award. It's some film fan's personal picks for the best of that year. He nominated Lucy for Stage Door, but picked Dame May Whitty for Night Must Fall as the winner. I found his list here: My link And this kind of explains about the guy who made the award: My link Another award she received for her film work was the 1951 Laurel Award given by Motion Picture Exhibitor magazine for "Best Comedienne of 1950" for Fancy Pants. Judy Holliday also won for Born Yesterday.
  11. She never refers to the movie as a drama, which is so strange to me. In her book, she refers to it as "a light and gay comedy, but with tragic overtones." When she and Carol Burnett were on The David Frost Show together in 1970, Carol tried to convince it was a drama, but Lucy didn't seem to want to go along with it. lol. Although, a lot of the supporting characters are comedic (Eugene Pallete and Sam Levene, especially), neither of the two leads do anything funny.
  12. Berman moved to MGM in 1940, so he didn't have any power at the studio. I don't think Lucy's lack of an Oscar nom was a result of that, but rather because RKO completely ignored the film. Lucy and Desi won a Golden Globe in 1956, the first year the Globes honored TV. Lucy lost every other time she was nominated - 1968 (Carol Burnett won), 1970 (tie: Carol and The Governor & JJ's Julie Sommers), 1971 (Mary Tyler Moore), and 1972 (Carol again).
  13. Lucy's relationship with Pan Berman was five years before The Big Street. In 1942, she was already married to Desi for two years.RKO had no interest in The Big Street and never publicized it. Henry Fonda was on loan from 20th Century-Fox, producer Damon Runyon left the studio, and director Irving Reis enlisted in the army.
  14. It's her voice and she's great. She was a big band singer early in her career.
  15. Lucy was on the ballot for the New York Film Critics Circle Award for the year of 1961. I actually think the film did not open in New York until 1961. I believe it is said in Lucy's January 1, 1961 appearance on What's My Line? that the film hasn't opened in the city yet. So, the winner was announced in 1962. Sophia Loren won for "Two Women." The other nominees were Natalie Wood for "Splendor in the Grass," Piper Laurie for "The Hustler," and Rachel Roberts for "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning." Lucy also came in second for the Golden Laurel for Best Actress in a Comedy that year. She lost to Janet Leigh who has a cameo in the all-star "Pepe." Apparently, Lucy and Bob's contracts with United Artists stated that the film could not be shown on television until 1966. I have no idea why. ABC broadcast the movie in 1964 and Lucy and Bob's production companies filed a suit to prevent the film from being shown again. I really have no idea why. They were so proud of the film. I wonder why they wouldn't let it air on television. Edward Stevenson shared the Oscar with Edith Head for costume design. It was in the black and white category, so I assume that by 1960 there wasn't a whole lot of competition. Out of all of Lucy's films, I think "The Facts of Life" is probably the least deserving of an Oscar nomination for costume design. It's nice to know it won something, though. I don't think there were announced nominees for the Golden Globes until the late 1950s.
  16. Confirmation! http://www.zimbio.com/Jake+Gyllenhaal/articles/pXOo4339PBf/Jake+Gyllenhaal+Jenny+Lewis+Dating+Again
  17. HarryCarter

    Emmies

    The 1981 tribute just the certificate rather than an Emmy statuette, so I would consider it an "honor" rather than an "award." Lucy was also given a plaque commemorating her previous Emmy nominations in 1973 on The Merv Griffin Show. James Stewart presented her with the same exact plaque on CBS Salutes Lucy three years later. The Academy honored Lucy with a dinner in 1969 and proclaimed her "The First Lady of Television." The Governors Award was decided posthumously. She should have gotten it sooner.
  18. Dorothy Loudon, who would be replaced by Carol in the movie version of her biggest hits, Annie and Noises Off.
  19. Actresses mentioned for a new movie or TV version of Mame in the past 20 years include Streisand, Cher, Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, Queen Latifah, and Catherine Zeta-Jones. The Barbra/Cher one was the longest lasting rumor. Barbra allegedly angered Jerry Herman when she wanted to turn It's Today! into a solo just for her and cut the chorus. The other rumor was that Barbra was going to direct Cher in the TV movie (produced by Zadan and Meron), but nothing ever came of that. That was around the time ABC did a bunch of musical remakes like Annie, Cinderella, and The Music Man.
  20. A few years ago the Lucy-Desi Museum said that they had unearthed Lucy's "audition" tape for Wildcat and were digitizing it and adding it to their collection. I'm assuming that this was an audio demo recording of the songs made prior to rehersals. They never gave any more information.
  21. I just thought of a Mame who is even older than Lucy and Kitty Carlisle. Lee Merriwether played Mame in 2009 at the age of 74. My favorite quote regarding her casting was "Poor Patrick. He's going to be orphaned again."
  22. This is completely off our original topic, but I was just thinking of the other Lucy related people who played Mame at some point: Ginger Rogers (London) Ann Sothern (Hawaii) Ann Miller (final Broadway Mame) Carole Cook (Stock in the '80s with Betsy Palmer as Vera and Lorna Luft as Gooch) Kitty Carlisle (Kenley Players in 1978 - she was 68. Someone alert Rex Reed. I believe 70 year old Don Ameche was Beau.) Celeste Holm (Angie's Broadway vaction replacement, did the tour) Janis Paige (Broadway replacement) Edie Adams (stock) Shelia MacRae (stock) Ruta Lee Morgan Brittany (tour in the '90s) Others who played "Auntie Mame" Rosalind Russell Eve Arden (tour, she wanted to buy the rights to Patrick Dennis' novel, but found out Roz beat her to it) Constance Bennett (tour) Carole Cook (stock. She's done both versions.) At least four Stage Door cast members played Mame Dennis (Lucy, Ginger, Ann, and Eve - the latter the straight play). I know Katharine Hepburn was on the list OF possibilities with every other actress in the world when they were casting the musical. I think Gail Patrick would have been good in Auntie Mame. Kaye Ballard was a finalist for the original Broadway production, but was told nobody would ever believe she resided at 3 Beekman Place. It was then down to Angela Lansbury and Delores Gray. You-know-who got it. There are tons of other notable Mames through the years (Beatrice Lillie, Greer Garson, Elaine Stritch, Susan Hayward, Gypsy Rose Lee - bringing us back on topic. lol), are there any others with Lucy connections?
  23. This is completely off our original topic, but I was just thinking of the other Lucy related people who played Mame at some point: Ginger Rogers (London) Ann Sothern (Hawaii) Ann Miller (final Broadway Mame) Carole Cook (Stock in the '80s with Betsy Palmer as Vera and Lorna Luft as Gooch) Kitty Carlisle (Kenley Players in 1978 - she was 68. Someone alert Rex Reed. I believe 70 year old Don Ameche was Beau.) Celeste Holm (Angie's Broadway vaction replacement, did the tour) Janis Paige (Broadway replacement) Edie Adams (stock) Shelia MacRae (stock) Ruta Lee Morgan Brittany (tour in the '90s) Others who played "Auntie Mame" Rosalind Russell Eve Arden (tour, she wanted to buy the rights to Patrick Dennis' novel, but found out Roz beat her to it) Constance Bennett (tour) Carole Cook (stock. She's done both versions.) At least four Stage Door cast members played Mame Dennis (Lucy, Ginger, Ann, and Eve - the latter the straight play). I know Katharine Hepburn was on the list OF possibilities with every other actress in the world when they were casting the musical. I think Gail Patrick would have been good in Auntie Mame. Kaye Ballard was a finalist for the original Broadway production, but was told nobody would ever believe she resided at 3 Beekman Place. It was then down to Angela Lansbury and Delores Gray. You-know-who got it. There are tons of other notable Mames through the years (Beatrice Lillie, Greer Garson, Elaine Stritch, Susan Hayward, Gypsy Rose Lee - bringing us back on topic. lol), are there any others with Lucy connections?
  24. Of course, I don't know why wrote the Imperial. Desi, Viv, Bill, and Lucie all appeared at the Imperial.
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