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From Your Fans, Lucille: Here's what we have learned so far, about YOUR DAY, and what you might have been doing on that day while you walked among us: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WOMAN! YOU WERE THE BEST!!


August 6


Louella Parsons, Lucille Ball’s long-time friend, Hollywood gossip columnist; appears with Lucille and Desi Arnaz A Star Is Born World Premiere, 1954; with Lucille, Hollywood Without Make-Up, 1963; Louella, via archival footage, with Lucille and Desi, Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage, 1983; as well as with Lucille and Desi, via archival footages, Junket Whore, 1998, is born this date in 1881.


Happy Birthday, Lucille Desiree Ball! - The Queen of Comedy, is born Sunday, at 5:00 p.m., at 60 Stewart Avenue in Jamestown, NY, her Grandmother Hunt in attendance, as mid-wife, on this date in 1911.


Robert Mitchum, guest, Desilu Productions’, Here’s Hollywood, 1961, and with Lucille Ball, Sinatra: The First 40 Years, 1980, appears with Lucille, RKO/BBC, Hollywood The Golden Years: The RKO Story “Howard's Way”; 1987, as well as with Desi Arnaz and Lucille, via archival footage, Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's, 1997, is born this date in 1917.


Ella Raines, guest stars, via archival footage, with Lucie Arnaz, Desi Arnaz, IV, (“Here's Lucy”): On Location 2009, is born this date in 1920.


Lilyan Chauvin, actress, 134 films; guest, Desilu Studios'-filmed, The Adventures of Jim Bowie “The Swordsman” 1956; Desilu Productions’, The Californians “The Man From Paris”, 1958; The Walter Winchell File “Flight to Freedom File #36”, 1958; Mission: Impossible “Charity”, 1967; as well as Lucille Ball co-star, United Artists’ and Desilu Productions’, Yours, Mine, and Ours, as French Actress on TV Screen, 1968; is born this date in 1925.


Lucille Ball, turning sixteen, George Carr, the Manager of Celoron Park, now Lucille Ball Memorial Park, asked her to do the makeup when Norma Smallwood, Miss America of 1927, made an appearance at the Park, this date in 1927.


Desi Arnaz threw celebrations for Lucille Ball on her twenty-ninth birthday, in her honor at the Studio and several other places, including her mother’s home - Lucille blows out candles from five cakes; inhales the bouquets of special flowers at each location; and receives her first serious gift from Desi, a lapel watch in the shape of a heart, at Slapsie Maxie’s Club, a favorite of theirs, this date in 1940.


LA Examiner, Behind the Makeup, Harry Crocker: “Desi Arnaz, who was with Lucille Ball, was called on by Milton Berle, at Victor Hugo’s Sunday night informal show, which is fast becoming a movie fan’s dream of Seventh Heaven, and Desi played the guitar and sang a beautiful Mexican ballad,” published this date in 1940.


Lucille Ball remembers her thirtieth birthday - the first birthday in their new home, thinking Desi had forgotten her birthday: “ . . She came home from work; Desi was leading a five-piece combo of fellow Latins, in their driveway and 40 guests singing in their yard . . . and a solid carpet of white gardenias floating in our pool,” this day in 1941.


Lucille Ball signs a contract with MGM Studios – her best films are the 1943 musicals, DuBarry Was A Lady, and Best Foot Forward - on her 31st birthday, this date in 1942.


Jamestown Post Journal, Jamestown NY - Lucille Ball appears, MGM, Easy to Wed, Still Showing at Shea’s Theatre, now The Lucille Ball Little Theatre, advertisement, published this date in 1946.


Lucille Ball appears, via archival footage, from A Nite At The Biltmore Bowl, 1935, in a film compilation her friend, Betty Grable, created early in her career, RKO Radio's, Hollywood Bound, a compilation of three 2-reel shorts, co-starring, via archival footages, Preston Foster, also in a cameo role, among many others, released in 1947.


Lucille Ball and co-star, Richard Denning, appear on CBS Radio’s, 30-minute, Situation Comedy, My Favorite Husband “Liz' Portrait”, Episode #3, featuring Ruth Perrott, as Katy The Maid, produced and directed by Gordon Hughes; script by Fred Fox and Bill Davenport; announcer, Bob LeMond; Wilbur Hatch, music conductor, with veteran supporting cast members, John Hiestand, William Johnston, Mary Shipp, and guest co-star, Jeff Chandler, airing this date in 1948.


Ricky Ricardo says the Ricardos move into their first apartment with the Mertzes, as landlords, on this date in 1948.


CBS’ The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour – 60 minutes, black & white – The thirteen hour-long specials that Lucille and Desi made for Ford and Westinghouse are re-run as a summer replacement series. New opening and closing graphics are created to incorporate the new name and sponsorship. This same series, in the same format, will be used four more times until 1967.

There is heavy on-air promotion of the forthcoming The Lucy Show with Lucille doing voice-overs during the closing credits reminding folks to tune in come October to her new CBS-TV sitcom this date in 1962.


Sir Cedric Hardwicke, b. 2/19; Lucille Ball film-career co-star, 1947, dies this date in 1964.


CBS’ Radio Show, Let’s Talk to Lucy, came about with the departure of Garry Moore in 1964; was created at Lucille’s 1961, suggestion and discussions, a ten-minute series, with Gary Morton as producer, and featuring Lucille chatting in the studio or on location with fellow performers; but, failed to attract a single sponsor and lasted only one season - Lucille said she was ending it because 'there aren't enough hours in the day.' She loved doing the show, but was too busy with The Lucy Show and Desilu to continue doing the show. Lucille said a decade later that the show ended because there was too much sponsor interference. It's also been reported that CBS chose not to renew the show because they were unable to find a sponsor for it - ending on her birthday, this date in 1965.


Everett Sloane, b. 10/1; co-star, Vivian Vance (Lucy's Ethel Mertz), The Blue Veil, 1951; Host, Desilu Productions’, Official Detective, 1956-57, Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, 1960; Desilu Productions', Kraft Mystery Theater, 1962, as well as Desilu Studios'-filmed, The Andy Griffith Show, 1962, dies this date in 1965.


Vivian Keefer, b. 6/4; Lucille Ball early film career friend; Lucille and she modeled costumes for Omar Kiam, Lucille's co-star, uncredited, 1933; 4 films, uncredited, 1934; dies this date in 1978.


Kurt Kaszner, b. 8/13; guest, Desilu Playhouse, 1959, as well as Lucille Ball guest co-star, (“Here’s Lucy”), 1972, dies this date in 1979.


Desert Sun, (Palm Springs), Bruce Fessier: “I Love Lucy,” published this date in 1981.


On Lucille Ball's 72nd birthday, LA TV Station KTTV, honors her by airing a thirteen-hour marathon of (“I Love Lucy”), beginning 9 a.m. Saturday, uninterrupted until 10 p.m., airing 26 classic (“I Love Lucy”) episodes, [Eight months later, 3000 miles away, Museum of Broadcasting, NY, an exhibit: “Lucille Ball: First Lady of Comedy” programs for 80 hours, including radio My Favorite Husband episodes for 4 hours; and Lucille & Desi’s first joint TV appearance on Ed Wynn Show; 3 Lucy-hosted seminars, for which Lucille's fans start 3 a.m. ticket buying, when announced she would make 3 appearances kicking off the 5-month long exhibit], this date in 1983.


Lucille Ball appears on People Magazine cover: “Casting a New Lucy,” this date in 1990.


NPR Wire Transcript, Renee Montague: Interview With Kathleen Brady, (biographer: “Lucille: The Life of Lucille Ball”), interview occurring this date in 2001.


Lucille Ball appears on USPS postage stamp, released for sale on this date in 2001.


Melody Thomas Scott, long-time star, as Nikki Newman, of CBS’ The Young and the Restless; long-time Lucille Ball fan; and an original Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Museum Board Member, appears in Lucille’s hometown for a special Museum fundraising event, this date in 2003.


Lucy-Fan Website: “….reality TV programming - “. . . Kathy Griffin, My Life on the D List - I feel compelled to mention that Tori Spelling and spouse Dean will portray a number of famous couples on the season finale of Oxygen’s Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood, which airs at 10 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 12. They dress up as Sonny and Cher, June Carter and Johnny Cash, and, of course, the only reason I mention it, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Don't know if they'll be performing as the couples or just shown in costume, and don't much care. But you might. (the show is ending its third season. I have nothing against Ms. Spelling, especially since she's paying tribute to Ms. Ball . . .” posted this date in 2008.


Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Museum - Month in Review - July 2008 - “The Lake Oswego (Oregon) Review features a story about a toddler, 'Little Ricky' from ('I Love Lucy'). TV Land runs an ('I Love Lucy') marathon over the July 4th holiday weekend. Final pieces are put in place for the opening of the newly expanded Lucy-Desi Museum in Jamestown, NY, the hometown of the Queen of Comedy. Lucy-Desi Center staff meet with the administrator of Jamestown’s WCA Hospital to begin exploring collaboration on humor therapy. Photographers and videographers from the NYS Division of Tourism visit the Lucy-Desi Center to shoot photos and video. Concert stagings of Dance With Me, the new musical about the lives of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, are presented in West Hollywood as part of the Festival of New American Musicals. CKTB Radio in St. Catherine’s, Ontario, interviews the Lucy-Desi Center’s Executive Director before Lucy’s Birthday Celebration, 2008. Lucy- Desi staff host Hispanic Community Outreach Symposium in Tropicana Room. Center staff meets with director of the Arts Council for Chautauqua County to explore future collaborations. Lucie Arnaz gives an extensive interview about her 1992 Emmy Award-winning documentary, Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie. Center Outreach staff visits Rochester area nursing facility to learn about research program involving iPods. Lucy-Desi Center outlines plans to offer Komedy Kamp in summer of 2009, at the brand-new dormitories, Jamestown Community College. Billboard Magazine recently states: 'Among the few things one can count on in life: the taste of McDonald's cheeseburgers, (‘I Love Lucy’) reruns are still funny; and Barry Manilow never wearing out his welcome at the top of the charts. Center staff assists Jamestown’s Joint Neighborhood Project community outreach ice cream social. The Lucy-Desi Center contacts the Cassadaga Job Corps about possible collaboration. Lucie Arnaz returns to Broadway at Birdland, NY's well known jazz club. American Profile features a story about Keith Thibodeaux, who - as a child - played 'Little Ricky' in ('I Love Lucy'). Center Outreach staff presents a program on the ('I Love Lucy') “Job Switching” episode at Camp Sundown, a camp for those with XP - those who cannot tolerate light. Plans are announced for BABALU-CY - the art of Desi Arnaz, Off-Broadway, at the Actors Temple Theater, beginning August 23. The New York Daily News notes that the public’s obsession with celebrity babies dates back to the birth of Desi Arnaz, IV. Desi Arnaz is featured in RerunIt.com, a new free entertainment content and e-commerce web site celebrating American pop culture and the celebrities who helped shape and define it. Plans are in the works for comedy classes for Jamestown Public Schools Advanced Learning Program students in conjunction with the Lucy-Desi Center,” posted this date in 2008.


The Post-Journal, Jamestown, NY – Lucy-Desi Names Director – Falconer (NY) Native Named to Post – by Kristen Johnson –“After months of uncertainty, the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center is ready to move forward, naming Corie Curtis Executive Director. Corie, a Jamestown-area native, has a decade plus of experience in marketing, strategic planning, event execution, brand identity management and budget development,” published this date in 2009.


The Lucy Lounge website - Courtesy - claude 'morethanonesubject' - In honor of Lucille Ball's 99th birthday: “and . . . lest we forget: Oh, yeah, Lucy Arzballs, the one who mentored everybody from Carol Burnett to Carole Cook, among many others. The Kennedy Center Honors recipient; the 4-time Emmy Award winner, with 13 nominations back when there were few awards, as opposed to now when they give awards for everything, even hair and makeup, imagine how many more she would have gotten for those. The one who did over 70 movies and over 500 television shows of her own and guested on countless others, and specials, and so on. The one who had the titles Queen of Comedy, First Lady of Television, added to her earlier ones of Queen of the B's, and Technicolor Tessie. The one who cavorted with Kings and Presidents, starred on Broadway, on radio, in movies and on television and used to be known as the one and only Diane Belmont, Lucy McGillicuddy Ricardo, Carmichael, Carter, Barker, and countless other monikers in her over half a century career? . . .” posted this date in 2010.


The Post-Journal, Jamestown, NY - Happy 100th! - Tourists, Locals Line Third Street For Lucy Parade - by Dennis Phillips - “Thousands of tourists visiting from all over the United States joined locals that just had to take a short walk to Third Street to watch Lucille's 100th birthday parade Friday. There were 12 musical groups with more than 1100 musicians involved, as well as Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel impersonators,” published this date in 2011.


The Post-Journal, Jamestown, NY - We Still Love Lucy, 60 Years After Show First Aired - by Lynn Elber, AP Television Writer - Los Angeles - We loved Lucy and we still do. On the 100th anniversary of her birth Saturday and 60 years since (“I Love Lucy”) first aired, Lucille Ball's legacy remains remarkable - and her talent remarkably fresh and watchable. Consider other popular sitcoms that aired alongside Lucille and Desi Arnaz' show during its 1951-1957 life span on CBS. (“I Love Lucy”) in all its black and white glory, remains a draw worldwide for viewers who certainly weren't around for its debut. Over the past five decades, the sitcom has won new audiences - and introduced Lucy to younger generations - over and over through TV syndinication and video sales,,” published this date in 2011.


The Post-Journal, Jamestown, NY - Today's Thought - “The more things you do, the more you can do,” - Lucille Ball 1911-1989,” published this date in 2011.


The Post-Journal, Jamestown, NY - Saturday - Sirius XM 'Redhead Radio' broadcasting this weekend from Lucy Festival - Sirius XM Radio has launched 'Redhead Radio: 100 Years of Lucille Ball,' a limited-run channel celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of the comedy legend with non-stop broadcasts of classic radio shows featuring the comedienne at key moments in her storied career, as well as interviews with her fans, devotees and fellow comedians,” published this date in 2011.


The Post-Journal, Jamestown, NY - Region - What? When? Where? - “To commemorate the county bicentennial, each Saturday edition of The Post-Journal will feature a historic image. Readers are encouraged to identify the name, date and location of the landmark or featured object. (Research: Today's image is Lucille Ball's childhood home in Celoron, NY - formerly 8th Street, now 59 Lucy Lane - how appropriate for the anniversary of Lucille's 100th birthday),” published this date in 2011.


ilovelucy@yahoo - Courtesy - 'melliott90' - “Google homepage pays tribute to Lucille Ball, today, on her 100th birthday,” posted this date in 2011.


The Latest From Everything Lucy Website - More Love For Lucille Ball On Her 100th Birthday - “So many articles are being written about the upcoming Birthday celebration and festivals for Lucille, I thought I would list out the articles for your enjoyment: Star News Daily: Professional Comedians Flock to Jamestown for Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy; Sun Times: 100 years of Lucille Ball (Great Article); NBC Bay Area: Still Loving Lucy; Talk Movies World: Paley Center NY Celebrates Lucille Ball 100th Birthday; Marlo Thomas: We Love Lucy...at 100; Chicago Theatre Beat: Wednesday Wordplay: Lucille Ball’s 100th Birthday!; The Dunkirk Observer: The show must go on: Comedy icon Joan Rivers to headline 100th birthday celebration for her friend and fellow funny girl; Cleveland Plain Dealer: Lucille Ball's hometown plans a big bash marking the centennial of her birth: close to home; The Morning Call: Lucille Ball is at the heart of Lucy Fest and museums (Includes Video Interview of Museum),” posted this date in 2011.


The Latest From Everything Lucy Website - How Many Lucy's Can Fit In Jamestown? - “Plenty of people will be saying, “I Love Lucy” this weekend in Jamestown as they dress up like Lucille Ball. Jamestown is hoping to set a new Guinness World Record, on Lucille Ball’s birthday, for the most people dressed as television character, Lucy Ricardo, in one place, at one time. It’s all part of the annual Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy, also known as Lucy Fest. The celebration has become a tradition in Jamestown, Ball’s hometown. Organizers are taking it a step further since it marks her 100th birthday. Journey Gunderson, with the Lucy Desi Center for Comedy, says a huge crowd is expected from across the globe. 'We'll have Lucy's from Australia, Great Britain, Japan, Canada, and of course a large contingent coming from California and a number of states in between,' she said. 'We expect a minimum of between 500-1000 participants on August 6.' How will all of those people meet the costume criteria and qualify for the record books? A red up-do hairstyle is required, along with red lips and clothing similar to what Lucy Ricardo wore on an episode of (“I Love Lucy”). A $5 registration fee includes a basic qualifying costume complete with a Lucy mask, but that just won’t do for some Lucy fans. 'We anticipate some very quality look-alikes to be on-hand,' Gunderson said. 'Our Lucy Fans come from around the world for this festival and they do not disappoint when it comes to donning a Lucy resemblance.' Men, women and children are all invited to take part. Will the public prove that Jamestown truly does 'Love Lucy?' Stay Tuned. Registration begins at noon on Saturday, August 6, outside Jamestown City Hall. The festival runs from August 3-7,” posted this date in 2011.


The Latest From Everything Lucy Website - Sixteen Lucille Ball Quotes to Celebrate Her Birthday - “What better way to remember Lucille Ball on her 100th birthday, August 6th, than with some famous and humorous Lucille Ball quotes? Few women will ever enjoy the fame and adoration experienced by this American icon. Let these 16 famous quotes remind us of just how unique and fabulous Lucille Ball truly was: 1. I think knowing what you cannot do is more important than knowing what you can do. In fact, that's good taste. 2. Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall madly in love with a gorgeous redhead. 3. I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done. 4. The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age. 5. If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more you do, the more you can do... and don't you forget it! 6. One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn't pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself. 7. In life, all good things come hard, but wisdom is the hardest to come by. 8. A man who correctly guesses a woman's age may be smart, but he's not very bright. 9. Life's a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death! 10. Women's lib?...It doesn't interest me one bit. I've been so liberated it hurts. 11. "How (“I Love Lucy”) was born? We decided that instead of divorce lawyers profiting from our mistakes, we'd profit from them. 12. I'm happy that I have brought laughter because I have been shown by many the value of it in so many lives, in so many ways. 13. Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. 14. I'm not funny. What I am is brave. 15. Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. 16. I was shy for several years in my early days in Hollywood, until I figured out that no one really gave a damn if I was shy or not, and I got over my shyness. Lucille Ball truly was an inspiration. Not only was she one of the most powerful women in Hollywood in her day, she was also a true class act and a genuinely good person. These 16 Lucille Ball quotes remind us just how much of a difference one person can make in the lives of many,” posted this date in 2011.


USA Today - by Nancy Blair - “Enjoy the Google home page, as it pays charming tribute to Lucille Ball on what would have been her 100th birthday. The interactive doodle is a drawing of a vintage TV set queued up with some of the most heart-tugging and funny moments from old Lucy shows. Click on seven channels to be swept back into classic Lucy moments - from the grape-stomping episode to Ricky crooning 'We're Having a Baby'. Who can't relate to Lucy and Ethel trying to stay ahead of the conveyor belt in the chocolate factory. As Lucy says: 'Ethel, I think we're fighting a losing game!', published this date in 2011.


Bing features the world's greatest funny ladies, and Lucille Ball is the one pictured for the story and slide show, posted this date in 2011.


ilovelucy@yahoo - lucyI'mhome - “ME-TV is, today, running a marathon of (“I Love Lucy”); We Love Lucy, and The Lucy Show,” posted this date in 2011.


greginhollywood - blogspot, by Greg Hernandez - “Lucypalooza! Your guide to the widespread coverage of the 100th anniversary of Lucille Ball’s birth - “Even today’s googledoodle pays tribute to Lucille Ball who would have been 100 years old today. As a longtime fan, I could just do post after post on America’s favorite redhead and am thrilled that there is so much focus on her today,” posted this date in 2011.


LA Times: “Happy 100th Birthday, Lucy!”, published this date in 2011.


Houston Press: “100 Yeas of Lucy: 7 Great Guest Stars”, published this date in 2011.


BuzzSugar: “15 Surprising Facts About Lucille Ball”, published this date in 2011.



Washington Post: “100 Years Later, We Still Love Lucille Ball”, published this date in 2011.


The New York Times: “The Woman Behind Lucy's Laughs”, published this date in 2011.


Associated Press: “We Still Love Lucy, Who Would be 100”, published this date in 2011.


Huffington Post: “Why Lucy Still Makes Us Laugh”, published this date in 2011.


Chicago Sun-Times: “100 Years of Lucille Ball”, published this date in 2011.


Life.com: “Unpublished Lucille Ball Photos”, published this date in 2011.



ABC News: “Lucille Ball Through the Years: Remembering America's Favorite Redhead”, posted this date in 2011.


Star News Daily: “Professional Comedians Flock to Jamestown for Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy,” published this date in 2011.


Sun Times: “100 years of Lucille Ball,” published this date in 2011.


NBC Bay Area: “Still Loving Lucy,” published this date in 2011.


Talk Movies World: “Paley Center NY Celebrates Lucille Ball 100th Birthday,” published this date in 2011.

Marlo Thomas: “We Love Lucy...at 100,” posted this date in 2011.


Chicago Theatre Beat: “Wednesday Wordplay: Lucille Ball’s 100th Birthday!” published this date in 2011.


The Dunkirk Observer: “The show must go on: Comedy icon Joan Rivers to headline 100th birthday celebration for her friend and fellow funny girl,” published this date in 2011.


Cleveland Plain Dealer: “Lucille Ball's hometown plans a big bash marking the centennial of her birth: close to home,” published this date in 2011.


The Morning Call: “Lucille Ball is at the heart of Lucy Fest and museums (Includes Video Interview of Museum),” published this date in 2011.


Life.com - Lucille Ball: Unpublished Photos (“I Love Lucy”) - LIFE on the Set - “Sure, we all loved Lucy; but, which one? The rubber-faced Lucy Ricardo of her classic TV sitcom ('I Love Lucy'), undoubtedly. What about Lucille, the struggling, determined Hollywood starlet who spent two decades lingering in B-movie purgatory? Or the powerful Ms. Ball, the behind-the scenes TV pioneer and the medium's first major female executive? Truth is, Lucille Ball, who was born 100 years ago this week, August 6, 1911, lived several fascinating lifetimes - many of them captured by LIFE's photographers on her way up the showbiz ladder. Here, LIFE presents the best never published photos of Lucy from the magazine's archives - including a surprisingly sultry 1942 portrait by John Florea, taken when Lucille was known as 'Queen of the B's', for the string of sub-par films that failed to make her a star. Years of dues-paying hard work are apparent in her eyes - yet, there is something innocent, too, an optimism that her big break is just around the corner,” posted this date in 2011.


The Lucy Lounge website - Courtesy - brock: “Shock Cinema: Interview of Clint Walker (The Lucy Show - “Lucy and the Sleeping Beauty” and “Lucy and Clint Walker”, on working with Lucille Ball: 'Lucille Ball was a pleasure to work with. In one episode we were going to have a date and I’d had no sleep the night before. So, I’m leaning up against a big post in her apartment and said something like, 'It wouldn’t be a good idea to wake me up if I fall asleep, since I have martial arts training and I could be very dangerous if I wake up suddenly.' Anyway, I fall asleep on her couch with my head on her leg. Suddenly, I wake up and kicked one end of the couch so it collapses, and then the other. That was a very funny episode and Lucille was great to work with',” posted this date in 2011.



The Lucy Lounge Website - Courtesy - vivfantoo - Woman's Day magazine, August edition, a two page advertisement from paramount.com/homeentertainment & Target stores, promoting the DVD release of 'The Best of "I Love Lucy'....The advertisement starts out, in large font size, with: ('I Love Lucy') - Just as popular-and funny! - after 60 years. Family fun for everyone!" posted this date in 2011.


The Latest From Everything Lucy Website - Happy Birthday, Lucille Ball - Looking Good at 100 - Lucille Ball, born August 6, 1911, came to Hollywood when she was 22. For two decades. mostly at RKO Pictures, she was cast as dime-a-dance dames, b-girls and burlesque queens, ever the wisecracker, never the star; but, she had the last laugh.In the early 1950s, the studios lived in dread of television, refusing to sell their old films for broadcast or permit their stars to appear on the small screen. Lucille and husband, bandleader Desi Arnaz, took their radio show to television, renaming it ('I Love Lucy'). Five years later, she and Arnaz bought the RKO real estate holding for their thriving TV studio, DesiLu. Her television career will be celebrated this weekend on MeTV, between Friday and Sunday, and will air 100 episodes of ('I Love Lucy') and The Lucy Show. On the 6th, her birthday, whi TCM hosts an all-day mini-retrospective of her best-known films: Best Foot Forward, Dance, Girl, Dance, Stage Door, The Big Street, and Easy to Wed. Dance, Girl, Dance (1940), directed by Dorothy Arzner, Ball plays burlesque queen, Tiger Lily White, loosely based on Gypsy Rose Lee. She's funny, she's smart and she's belatedly compassionate to her co-star, Maureen O'Hara, rival for the affections of the unlikely Louis Hayward,” posted this date in 2011.


The Lucy Lounge - Courtesy - Harry Carter - “Carol (Burnett) did move her variety show to NY for a week just so she could attend Lucille's International Radio and Television Society Gold Medal presentation in 1971. David Frost was her guest that week and the show is referenced in his ('Here's Lucy') episode. Carol's rearranged her schedule for a Lucille salute before,” posted this date in 2011.


The Post-Journal, Jamestown NY - Through Lucy's Eyes - 'I Love Lucy' Fans Learn More About Lucy's Childhood Home - by Nicholena Moon - Celoron - “ This year's Lucille Ball Comedy Festival was brought to a thunderous close by a severe storm warning for Chautauqua and the surrounding counties, after a beautifully warm and sunny preceding few days of the Festival. However, many die-hard fans braved the storm to hear a recitation about Lucy's childhood in the park that now bears her name in memoriam. The presentation took place under the pavilion in the Lucille Ball Memorial Park by Chautauqua Lake. As the Summer Wind unloaded, an enthusiastic few passenger fans, from a two-hour cruise honoring Lucille and her love for the Lake and the Park, joined the recitation and picnic luncheon. Susan Ewing represented the Center, since Mayor John Keeney had been taken ill and unable to attend; Keeney an exceptionally-knowledgable Celoron 'expert' was scheduled to preside over the recitation. The history of the Park and its many attractions, and a portion of Lucille's auto-biography were read, speaking to her memory of the fire which destroyed her 'beloved Pier Ballroom in 1930. 'I began to cry, and then I couldn't stop. My wonderful happy childhood in Celoron gone, and so tragically.' Members of the audience included Lloyd Faulkner, who lived, in Lucille's childhood home on Lucy Lane, after the Ball family left, brought his memories of Celoron, as well, and his scrapbook, complete with pictures of 1956 when Lucille and Desi toured her childhood home where Lloyd's mother still lived, and were in Jamestown for the premiere of Forever Darling. The recitation and audience participation was followed by an excellently-catered picnic luncheon,” published this date in 2012.


The Post-Journal, Jamestown NY - Downtown Chatter by Lee Harkness, DJDC Executive Director - Crowds Turn Out For LucyFest - “This weekend, of course, was Lucy Fest 2012. What a great thing! The theme for this year's Lucy Fest was the Lucy World Games, - what a fitting theme when you consider all the world happenings. when you visit a downtown, or any place for that matter, and it makes you feel good, it develops that sense of place and makes you absolutely want to return. The opening ceremony of the ('I Love Lucy') theme song, joining musicians and members of the public musicians, as well as the crowd singing the theme song we all remember,” published this date in 2012.

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