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Lily Tomlin b. 09/01/39 alive

 

 

Lily Tomlin, actress, 56 films; appears with Lucie Arnaz, The 38th Annual Golden Globe Awards, and The 53rd Annual Academy Awards,1981; with Lucille Ball, The 61st Annual Academy Awards, 1989; with Lucille, archivally, Funny Women of Television, 1991; with Lucille and Vivian Vance (Lucy's Ethel Mertz), 50 Years of Funny Females, 1995; with Lucille and Desi Arnaz, archivally, among many others, I Love Lucy's 50th Anniversary Special, 2001; as well as guest, The Desilu Story, as herself, 2003; is born this date in 1939.

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Ralph Levy b. 12/18/19 d. 10/15/01

 

 

Ralph Levy, director, (“I Love Lucy”) “Unaired Pilot”, 1951; Producer, Stars in Their Eye, 1952; Desilu Productions', Shower of Stars' producer, “A Christmas Carol”, 1954, “Time Out for Ginger”, “Auto Show”, 1955, and “Cloak and Dagger”, 1957; Desilu Studios'-filmed (one episode), "Ghost Town Western Sketch", 1962; The Jack Benny Program, Director, 56 episodes between 1951-62; Producer, 12 episodes between 1951-62; Executive Producer, 23 episodes between 1953-61; as well as Director, (“I Love Lucy”) “The Very First Show”, 1990; is born this date in 1919.

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Sheldon Leonard b. 2/22/07 d. 1/10/97

 

 

Sheldon Leonard, actor, 103 films; the Arnazes long-time friend; appears on stage with William Frawley (Lucy’s Fred Mertz), 20th Century, 1932; on Stage with Vivian Vance (Lucy's Ethel Mertz) and Phil Ober (Vance's future husband), Kiss The Boys Goodbye, 1938; Frawley co-star, Abbott and Costello Meet The Invisible Man, 1951; guest, as camera director, Desilu Productions', Our Miss Brooks “Christmas Show”, 1952; guest, (“I Love Lucy”) “Sales Resistance”, 1953; camera director, Desilu Productions', Our Miss Brooks “The Magic Tree”, 1953, and “The Miserable Caballeros”, 1954; director, one episode, Desilu Studios'-filmed, The Jimmy Durante Show, “#1.16”, 1955; producer/ director, Make Room For Daddy, starring Danny Thomas; producer/director, The Danny Thomas Show, “Lucy Upsets the Williams Household”, 1959; director, Desilu Studios-filmed, The Real McCoys, (actor, 6 episodes, 1957); director, “Californy, Here We Come”, 1957; ; director, Desilu Studios'-filmed, My Favorite Martian, 1963, producer, The Joey Bishop Show, “The Baby Formula”, 1963; director, The Dick Van Dyke Show, 4 episodes, 1961-63, Make Room for Daddy, 60 episodes, 1953-1963, The Bill Dana Show, 5 episodes, 1963-64, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., 1964, and The Andy Griffith Show, 2 episodes, 1960-1965; produced and directed A Danny Thomas Special: “The Wonderful World of Burlesque”, 1965; responsible for casting Bill Cosby for his starring role in the series, one episode, Desilu Studios'-filmed, I Spy, “Crusade to Limbo”, 1966; second, and location-unit director, 15 episodes, 1966-67; writer, Desilu Studios'-filmed, The Andy Griffith Show, 5 episodes, 1963-67; Lucille's guest, The Lucy Show “Lucy Meets Sheldon Leonard”, 1967; one of the most successful TV producers, of many of the above-mentioned Desilu products, of all time, as well as with the Arnazes, archivally, TV Land Moguls: “The 50’s”, 2004, is born this date in 1907.

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L. Pauline Lopus

b. 9/4/10 d. 8/1/96

 

 

L. Pauline Lopus; Lucille Ball’s life-long friend, childhood next-door neighbor, her beloved “Sassafrassa” - (formed an all-girl band, The Gloomchasers Union, with Lucille and another friend, Violet Robbins); getting her nickname because her father would take her and Lucille to nearby Seneca Indian Land to gather sassafras bark; Pauline tells that Lucille was “moody, kindhearted and helpful;” i.e. one time, a train derailed near their home; Lucille filled two pails with water; running to see if perhaps a tramp had been riding the train and hurt in the wreck and was in danger due to the fire; and again, an accident at the same area, Lucille, finding a wristwatch at the scene, where a well-to-do woman was taken to the hospital; Lucille took her the watch when she became well, Pauline is born this date in 1910.

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Carol Lawrence b. 9/05/32 alive

 

 

Carol Lawrence, actress, 63 films; once married to Robert Goulet; guest, Desilu Productions’, You Don't Say “Episode dated 6/6/66”, 1966; appears with Lucille Ball, Happy Birthday, Bob, 1978; Women I Love: Beautiful But Funny, 1982; as well as CBS' All Star Party for Lucille Ball, 1984; is born this date in 1932.

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