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September 25

 

Lucille Ball’s father, Henry “Had†Durrell Ball, is born this date in 1887.

Aldo Ray, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’, guest co-star, Desilu Playhouse, 1958; as well as guest, Desilu Productions’, Here’s Hollywood, 1962, is born this date in 1926.

Lucille Ball’s paternal grandmother, Nellie Ball, was baptized in the Busti Baptist (now Busti Federated Church), a southern Village just on the southern outskirts of Jamestown, NY, this date in 1892.

LA Examiner, Hollywood Parade, Ella Wickersham: “Lucille Ball is giving her acting ‘all’ to The Rains Came, was the charade enacted following the gustatory barbecue which friends of Lucille Ball tossed at their Encino home. Many stars were in attendance, as was Lucille,†published this date in 1939.

LA Daily News, Raves and Raps, Harry Mines: You’re Right, They’re Wrong, being filmed during a 'heat wave' in LA! Stars wore icepacks atop their domes when not in a scene and fought off the envious,†published this date in 1939.

Lucille Ball appears on Picture Show (England) Magazine cover with Red Skelton, on this date in 1943.

Lucille Ball co-stars with Don Ameche on CBS Radio’s Lux Radio Theater “Lucky Partners,†this date in 1944.

Lucille Ball appears in Life Magazine this date in 1950.

The CBS’ Sunday Lucy Show: 30 minutes black & white: This is a collection of (“I Love Lucyâ€) programs, beginning April 3 until October 30 - this week’s episode #44. Because so many home viewers requested to see the early episodes, as they did not have television sets when they originally aired, CBS and the Arnazes re-ran these shows in the late afternoon on Sundays, this date in 1955.

Desilu Productions' Cavalcade of America, “A Bed of Rosesâ€, co-starring, among others, Kathryn Card, airs on this date in 1956.

The Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse Presents the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show #11: “Milton Berle Hides Out At the Ricardos,†co-starring veteran supporting cast members, Elvia Allman, Larry Keating, Sid Melton, Frank Mitchell, Walter Pietila, Herman Snyder, and Keith Thibodeaux, as Little Ricky, airs this date in 1959.

CBS, which now owns the 179 (“I Love Lucyâ€) films outright, re-titles the last thirteen episodes Lucy in Connecticut and beams it every Sunday night in prime time for the duration of the summer, airing this date in 1960.

Lucille Ball appears on CBS, The Garry Moore Show, to plug Wildcat, airing this date in 1960.

CBS’ (“I Love Lucyâ€) – 30-minutes, black & white – For four weeks, CBS airs re-runs of this series to fill a scheduling gap. This is the last prime-time airing of the series in a regular time slot, this date in 1961.

Desilu Productions’, Glynis, created by Jess Oppenheimer, starring Glynis Johnson and Keith Andes, Lucille Ball co-star in Wildcat, airs for the first time on this date in 1963.

Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance, appear with many other CBS stars and others, on CBS: 'The Stars' Address' airing this date in 1963.

Desilu-filmed, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., starring Jim Nabors, as Gomer Pyle, “Gomer Overcomes the Obstacle Courseâ€, co-starring Frank Sutton, premieres this date in 1964.

The Post Journal, Jamestown NY -TV Preview: Hollywood (AP) by Vernon Scott: “Banker on ‘Lucy’ Series Leads Desert Rat Life Off The Screen – Gale Gordon, the imperious banker of the Lucy series, and every Lucille Ball TV show, is a Desert rat off-screen. Impeccably tailored on the show, the quiet, thoughtful actor spends his time attired in old work clothes, tinkering, fixing and puttering around in his home at Borrego Springs, a Desert community 170 miles from Hollywood, 38 miles from the Salton Sea. He and his wife have lived in the home, which is built of earth and cement, for nine years and there is no real kitchen. He drives to and from the desert in a speedy sports car. When hauling supplies, he uses his station wagon,†published this date in 1965.

(The Lucy Show) “Lucy and the French Movie Starâ€, guest co-starring Jacques Bergerac, as a romantic interest, airing this date in 1967.

Desi Arnaz is appointed to a two-year term, as Member of the Advisory Council for Minority Enterprise, by President Richard M. Nixon, this date in 1970.

(“Here’s Lucyâ€) “Harrison Carter, Male Nurseâ€, with veteran Lucy supporting cast member, Vanda Barra - in the young people’s absence, Harry is put in charge of Lucy’s convalescence after hospitalization, and he must perform the 24-hour-a-day duty, airing this date in 1972.

Drama-Logue: Lucille Ball – “I was never out of work. That’s the astonishing thing. I always had a very well-paid apprenticeship,†this date in 1986.

Henna Hooper’s Hollywood . . . News from the Wonderful World of Lucy - The Museum of Television and Radio, in honor of the 50th Anniversary of (“I Love Lucyâ€), presents a month-long screening series of many of the show’s most classic episodes with the original commercials and animated opening sequence, entitled “Lots of Lucyâ€, this date in 2001.

The Lucy Lounge Forum Website – 'luvsbway1' - “BABALU-CY! - The Art of Desi Arnaz, created by and starring Greg Purnhagen, an actor-singer believes that Desi Arnaz had never gotten the credit he deservedwho conveys the Cuban-born entertainer's stunned joy at his enormous success in America; performances at The Actors Temple Theatre, NYC, commencing this and through October 12th,†posted this date in 2009.

 

September 26

 

George Raft, Lucille Ball early film-career friend and co-star, United Artists, The Bowery, 1933, assisted her financially when she bought her first small bungalow in California, enabling her mother, brother, cousin, Cleo, and maternal grandfather to live with her there; as well as guest, Desilu Productions’, Here’s Hollywood, 1961, appears with Lucille, via archival footage, Entertaining the Troops, 1994; is born this date in 1895.

Jack LaLane, Lucille Ball guest co-star, (“Here’s Lucyâ€), 1969, is born this date in 1914.

LA Examiner, Cavalcade Home Again: “Bondstorming through 15 cities for the third war loan, Hollywood Cavalcade will arrive home after selling an estimated $1.1 billion worth of bonds, Treasury Department and others welcomed them home. Lucille Ball and other stars on the tour detrained to thousands of fans,†published this date in 1943.

LA Examiner: “Lucille Ball is back from Las Vegas, where she went immediately after she parted from Desi Arnaz,†published this date in 1944.

“Lucy Changes Her Mind†(“I Love Lucyâ€), wherein Ethel mentions the furniture has been re-arranged in the Ricardos’ living room, which is filmed this date in 1952.

Variety: “The most significant Desilu departure - creator/writer, Jess Oppenheimer, announcing that he would leave (“I Love Lucyâ€) 'having signed a five-year contract with NBC; ‘create shows which he will produce’ and have ‘a percentage ownership of the properties,’ whose departure occurred not on the announced ‘date’; but, at the end of the Lucy season, originally to have occurred,†this date in 1955.

Jess Oppenheimer, creator, (“I Love Lucyâ€), produced Desilu Productions’, 30-minute, Here’s Hollywood, where Hollywood celebrities are interviewed, often at their homes, from 1960-1962, Hosted, at times by Jack Linkletter, Helen O’Connell, Dean Miller, and Joanne Jordan, The First Host, 10 episodes, from this date until 1/26/61, and which airs for the first time on this date in 1960.

Lucille Ball and Gary Morton appear on CBS Password, Lucille’s first Password appearance and Gary and her first together as a married couple, and after which Lucille invites friends to her home to play the game, airing this date in 1963.

Desilu Productions' Fractured Flickers, with veteran supporting cast (Lucy) member, Hans Conried, Host, [who explains what a 'fractured flicker' is; introduces several wacky segments and interviews guests] co-starring this segment, Roddy McDowall and Stan Laurel [via archival footage] which airs on this date in 1963.

Ida Moore, Lucille Ball co-star, 1950; co-star, William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz), 1951; as well as cast member (“I Love Lucyâ€) 1953; as well as Desilu Productions' Cavalcade of America, 1956, dies this date in 1964.

(The Lucy Show) “Lucy, the Bean Queen†Bob O’Brien, writer, guest co-starring Ed Begley, with veteran Lucy supporting cast member, Bennett Green - involves returning cases of beans for double their money, airing this date in 1966.

Photoplay, Leslie Valentine: “Lucy Today: Her Life of Love, Luck & Loneliness,†published in 1973.

Lucie Arnaz, guest stars in ABC's, Death Scream, as Judy, co-starring Raul Julia; Ed Asner, Diahann Carroll, Kate Jackson, Cloris Leachman and Tina Louise; as well as Art Carney, airing this date in 1975.

US News and World Report: “Comedienne Lucille Ball on the Mess in Television Land,†published this date in 1977.

Desi Arnaz IV stars, as Detective Clint Morgan, in 905 Corporation’s Hungarian TV Fake-Out, also starring Phil Ford, Mimi Hines, Telly Savalas, Pia Zadora, released this date in 1982.

Ray Kellogg, guest Desilu-filmed, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, 1955-1960; co-star with William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz) Desilu-filmed, The Red Skelton Show, 1958, and 6 other episodes, 1957-1959, guest, Desilu Productions’, The Californians, 1957, The Walter Winchell File, 1958, 1959, The Gun of Zangara, 1960, The Untouchables, 1960, Desilu-filmed, The Dick Van Dyke Show, 1962-63, The Bill Dana Show, 1963, Desilu Productions’, Glynis, 1963; veteran supporting cast member, The Lucy Show, 1964; co-starring with Lucie Arnaz 1966; Desilu Productions’, Vacation Playhouse, 1966; The Lucy Show, co-starring with Vivian Vance (Lucy's Ethel Mertz), 1967; and guest again in 1968, dies this date in 1981.

Edith Meiser, supporting cast member (“I Love Lucyâ€), 1952, dies this date in 1993.

Austin American Statesman (Texas), Jeanne Claire Van Ryzin: “Claiming Our History,†published this date in 2001.

The Lucy Lounge Forum Website – “Jenny Lewis, cast member, Becky MacGibbon, Life With Lucy, 1986, interview: “. . . pout to work by mother, as a child-actress in Hollywood, aged four, worked alongside Lucille Ball; I wouldn't change it for the world. But, when you're a kid supporting your family, you're forced to keep your eye on the prize. I have a great work ethic, from watching Lucille, not necessarily my own family," posted this date in 2008.

The Latest From Everything Lucy Blogspot – Jenny Lewis of ‘Life With Lucy’ Digs into Her Past – “A former child star from a broken home, Jenny Lewis is the voice of Rilo Kiley, who had a cult hit with the Watson Twins. Her new solo album sees her dig ever deeper into the dark side of her past. The Independent’s, Nick Hasted, meets her in LA. Jenny, who played Becky McGibbon with Lucille Ball in ‘Life With Lucy’ when she was young provided an inside look into her life in an interview,†posted this date in 2008.

The Post-Journal – by Kristen Johnson – Branding Study Work Ongoing – “An effort to create a brand name, slogan and logo for the City of Jamestown is still underway, though it's behind schedule. The Jamestown Attractor's Group includes, among others, the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Museum. The Group is looking for ways to promote Jamestown as a tourist destination, and the efforts of the Group continue,†published on this day in 2009.

 

September 27

 

John Mylong, veteran supporting cast member, (“I Love Lucyâ€) 2 episodes, 1956, and Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse,1959, is born this date in 1892.

Frank Gerstle, co-stars, in an uncredited role, with Vivian Vance (Lucy's Ethel Mertz), The Blue Veil, 1951; supporting cast member, (“I Love Lucyâ€), 1953, 956; Arnaz’ film The Long, Long Trailer, 1953; guest co-star, Desilu Productions’, Cavalcade of America,1956; The Californians, 1957; U.S. Marshal, 1959; The Untouchables, 1959, 1960; Glynis, 1963; as well as film with Desi Arnaz IV, Murderers’ Row, 1966, is born this date in 1915.

Jayne Meadows, actress wife of Steve Allen, many-year friends of the Arnazes; Desilu Productions’, Here’s Hollywood, 1960, as well as guest co-star in (“Here’s Lucyâ€), 1970, is born this date in 1920.

Roger C. Carmel, cast member, Desilu-filmed, My Living Doll, 2 episodes, 1964-65; starring cast member, Desilu Productions’, Star Trek 2 episodes, 1966, as well as The Mothers-in-Law, 18 episodes between 1967-68, is born this date in 1932.

Kathleen Nolan, star, Desilu-filmed, The Real McCoys, as Kate McCoy, 138 episodes, 1957-1962; Desilu Productions’, Here's Hollywood, 1962, is born this date in 1933.

Greg Morris, co-star, Desilu Productions', Mission: Impossible, as Barney Collier, 168 episodes, 1966-1973; co-star, Mission Impossible Versus the Mob, 1968; with Lucille Ball, Swing Out, Sweet Land, 1970; as well as Desilu Productions', You Don't Say, 1975, is born this date in 1933.

LA Evening Herald Express, Harrison Carroll: “Lucille Ball is out of Trailer Romance for days because of all things, she was kicked in the leg by a calf,†published this date in 1938.

LA Evening Herald Express, Jimmy Starr: “When Desi Arnaz, that Latin from Manhattan, breezed in from Broadway to Hollywood for filming of Too Many Girls, he met and fell immediately in love with Lucille Ball, and she fell in love with him. RKO, realizing great exploitation in genuine romance in a movie, plans to pick up Desi’s option for another co-starring Lucille Ball. She has invited Desi, in the east on tour, to take her to the preview of the film next week. He’s flying out for the event,†published this date in 1940.

Look Magazine: Lucille Ball appears, this date in 1949.

Family Circle: Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz – “Lucy and Desi Make a Movieâ€, published in 1953.

(“I Love Lucyâ€) “Deep Sea Fishing†- wherein the Ricardos and Mertzes, male vs. female, try to outdo each other fishing, and which is filmed this date in 1956.

Desi Arnaz, in full costume, during rehearsal intermission of Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, Tallulah Bankhead guest “Celebrity Next Doorâ€, went to the telephone in his office and paid $6 million for purchase of RKO from General Tire, this date in 1957.

TV Radio Life cover: Lucille Ball appears, this week in 1958.

Look: Lucille Ball appears on cover with Robert Stack (The Untouchables, a Desilu Production) - “How The Untouchables Hyped TV’s Crime Wave,†was published this date in 1960.

Lucille Ball appears on The Garry Moore Show, with Eydie Gorme and Alan King, airing this date in 1960.

Lucille Ball receives Laurel Award, 2nd Place, for The Facts of Life (1960) this date in 1961.

Desilu-filmed, My Living Doll, starring Julie Newmar, as Rhoda Miller, 20 episodes, 1964-65, and co-starring Robert Cummings, as Dr. Robert McDonald, 18 episodes, 1964-65; an exceptionally attractive woman (robot) living with an Air Force shrink, later, Peter Robinson, played by Jack Mulaney, who moves in to take care of Rhoda; also co-starring, Roger C. Carmel and Herb Rudley, of The Mothers-in-Law fame, premieres this date in 1964.

(The Lucy Show) “Lucy in the Music World†– Bob O’Brien, writer - a show-within-a-show, with guest co-stars Mel Torme, one of two performances, airing this date in 1965.

CBS’ The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour - 60 minutes – black & white – The thirteen hour-long specials that Lucille and Desi did for Ford and Westinghouse are re-run yet again as a summer replacement series this date in 1965.

(“Here’s Lucyâ€) “Lucy and Harry’s Italian Bombshellâ€, with guest co-star, Kaye Ballard, as Harry’s long-lost Italian love, and veteran Lucy supporting cast member, Vanna Barra, and airing this date in 1971.

Lloyd Nolan, co-star, William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz), 1939; Desi Arnaz co-star, 1944, Lucille Ball early film-career co-star, 1946, 1949, co-star, Frawley, 1951; and Desilu Playhouse, 1959, dies this date in 1985.

Life With Lucy “Lucy Makes a Hit with John Ritter†- John Ritter, as himself, written by Madelyn Davis and Bob Carroll, Jr., guest co-starring Ruth Buzzi, is a customer in the hardware store, with resultant hilarious physical comedy as only the two of them can perform it, airing this date in 1986.

Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum - Review: “Ball and Chain Lucy, the Outragious Queen of Comedy. Unfortunately Tethers to Mannered, Ladylike Patter in Love, Lucy,†published this date in 1996.

Donald O’Connor, Lucille Ball’s friend; guest, Desilu Productions’, Here’s Hollywood, 1961; Lucille's co-star Lucy Moves to NBC, 1980, as well as archivally, with Lucille, 1985, dies this date in 2003.

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September 28

 

William S. Paley, head of CBS - Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’ employer; pays tribute to Lucille and Desi, Museum of Television & Radio, in NY, CBS Salutes Lucy: The First 25 Years, 1976; and charter inductee, with Lucille Ball and others, in The Television Academy Hall of Fame, 1984, is born this date in 1901.

Ed Sullivan, of Sunday night television fame, CBS’ The Ed Sullivan Show “Toast of the Town,†and Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz long-time friend, each appearing many times; Sullivan supportive of Lucille during the “communist accusation periodâ€, on the occasion of the start of the fourth year of (“I Love Lucyâ€), dedicated his hour-long program to the four main actors, is born this date in 1901.

Doris Singleton, Lucille Ball long-time friend, and veteran supporting cast member, My Favorite Husband; (“I Love Lucyâ€) six episodes,1953, 1954â€; 2 episodes, 1955; 1957; guest co-star, Desilu Productions’, Angel, 1960; The Lucy Show, 1966, 1967; (â€Here’s Lucyâ€), 1968, 1972, 1973, 1974; and E! True Hollywood Story (“I Love Lucyâ€), 2005, is born this date in 1919.

William Windom, Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, 1960; Guestward Ho!, 1960; Lucille Ball guest co-star, The Lucy Show, 1962; Desilu Productions’, Star Trek, 1967, Mission: Impossible 2 episodes, 1967, Mannix, 1968; as well as guest co-star, Automan, with Desi Arnaz IV, 1983, is born this date in 1923.

Arnold Stang, Lucille Ball early-film career co-star, Seven Days’ Leave, 1942; Desilu Productions’, December Bride 3 episodes, 1956, Here’s Hollywood, 1960, and You Don't Say, 1963, is born this date in 1925.

William Frawley appears in Paramount Pictures' The Lemon Drop Kid, as William Dunhill, co-starring Lee Tracy and Ann Sheridan, uncredited, among many others, released on this date in 1934.

Too Many Girls, starring Desi Arnaz, opens on New Haven, Connecticut Stage, this date in 1939.

Desi Arnaz and Orchestra record the background music for CBS-TV (“I Love Lucyâ€), Episode #4, which is filmed this date in 1951.

Variety: “The Arnazes are entering into a two-picture deal with MGM, after success of The Long, Long Trailer, which was the seventeenth-highest grossing film of 1954,†published this date in 1955.

Variety, “Martin Leeds Exits Desilu,†published this date in 1960.

Lucille Ball begins rehearsals for Wildcat in NYC and, by all accounts, was the hardest-working person (and beloved by all) in the cast and crew, this date in 1960.

CBS’ The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour – The thirteen hour-long specials that Lucille and Desi did for sponsors Ford and Westinghouse from 1957-60 are re-run as a summer replacement series. New opening and closing graphics are created for the shows this date in 1964.

(The Lucy Show) “Lucy and the Plumber†– Milt Josefsberg, Bob O’Brien, writers - Jack Benny and Bob Hope guest co-starring, and which episode, the first not featuring Vivian Vance (Lucy’s Ethel Mertz), airs this date in 1964.

Harpo Marx, Lucille Ball’s friend and early movie co-star, appears with Lucille, via archival footage, Entertaining the Troops, 1994; dies this date in 1964.

Lucille Ball appears on NBC's A Bob Hope Special, Bob’s typical superstar-studded variety show, airing this date in 1966.

(“Here’s Lucyâ€) “Lucy and Sammy Davis, Jr.,†who injures himself in an elevator and Lucy follows him to assist in his care, and during the filming of which episode, Desi Arnaz visits the set while he is filming The Men From Shiloh, airing this date in 1970.

Mabel Albertson, sister of Jack Albertson, Desi Arnaz guest co-star, Those Whiting Girls, 1955, Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz, Forever Darling, co-star, 1956; The Lucy Show, guest co-star, 1964, dies this date in 1982.

Lucille Ball appears on NBC, Bob Hope Special: Unrehearsed Antics of the Stars, Hilarious - featuring outtakes from various Hope’s TV specials, and Lucille’s appearance is just prior to filming ten episodes - two weeks worth - of NBC Body Builders, another game show, which Lucille loves, and excels at in this outing because it involves acting out without speaking, this date in 1984.

 

September 29

 

Greer Garson, Lucille Ball’s early film-career friend of many years; Lucille Ball, Judy Garland, and she wrote a song while on Hollywood Cavalcade bond tour, calling it ‘The Rooney-Pidgeon-Skelton Blues;’ performed it in the Ziegfeld Follies,†1943; with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, A Star Is Born World Premiere, 1954; as well as with Lucille at Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Jimmy Stewart, 1978; appears with Lucille, via archival footage, Entertaining the Troops, 1994; is born this date in 1904.

Lizabeth Scott, Lucille Ball early-career co-star, Easy Living 1949, is born this date in 1922.

Steve Forrest stars, Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, 1958; as well as guest, Desilu Productions’ Here’s Hollywood, 1961; is born this date in 1924.

LA Evening Herald Express, Strolling Along Hollywood’s Gossipy Corners with Jimmy Starr: “George Raft gave himself a birthday dinner in the Brown Derby, treating Lucille Ball and others . . .†published this date in 1934.

Hollywood Citizen News, “RKO-Radio has given Lucille Ball the feminine lead in Pacific Liner,†published this date in 1938.

LA Evening Herald Express, Harrison Carroll: “Sight of the week: Desi Arnaz teaching the Conga to Pueblo Indians at party thrown for RKO’s Valley of the Sun troupe, Taos, New Mexico, while visiting Lucille Ball. He later put on a Conga, as only he can do it. The dance caught the fancy of the Indians and under Desi’s tutelage, they soon gave an expert demonstration of their own,†published this date in 1941.

Madeline Kahn, Lucille Ball nearly-chosen ‘Gooch’, guest co-star, Mame, 1974, star of Saturday Night Live, is born this date in 1942.

Phil Vandervort, Lucille Ball’s former son-in-law and guest co-star, The Lucy Show, 1967, 1968; (“Here’s Lucyâ€), 1970, 3 episodes, 1972, is born this date in 1945.

Donovan Scott, cast member “Leonardâ€, Life With Lucy 1986, is born this date in 1946.

Lucille Ball appears in Life Magazine this date in 1949.

Desi Arnaz, as Ricardo, The Orchestra Leader, and the Desi Arnaz Orchestra, perform at CBS-TV General Service Studios (“I Love Lucyâ€) “The Anniversary Present,†the first episode filmed the previous spring - held back for fall airing, which revolves around Ricky buying pearls for Lucy and his eleventh wedding anniversary, guest co-star, Gloria Blondell and veteran supporting cast member, Herb Vigran, airing this date in 1952.

Lucille Ball appears in Life Magazine this date in 1952.

(“I Love Lucyâ€) “Ricky Sells The Car†- wherein Ricky buys train tickets for NY, forgetting to include the Mertzes, which is filmed this date in 1952.

Desilu-filmed Make Room For Daddy, starring Danny Thomas; Angela Cartwright, Rusty Hamer, Sherrie Jackson, and Marjorie Lord; with Lucy 'veterans': Bill Asher, Director, 4 episodes, 1953; Sheldon Leonard, Director, 60 episodes 1953-63, also producing 12 episodes 1957-61; Jay Sandrich, Assistant Director, 2 episodes, 1960; W. Argyle Nelson, 15 episodes 1953-60; Dann Cahn, editorial supervisor, 11 episodes, 1953-58; Mel Shavelson, story consultant/script consultant, 7 episodes 1953-55; Writer, 3 episodes, 1957, 1958; Bob O'Brien; and Claudio Guzman, art direction, 2 episodes 1957, 1958, premieres this date in 1953.

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz are in attendance, personally “predicting Academy Awards for Garland, Mason and Cukor,†at A Star is Born, the world’s first televised World Premiere for NBC-TV, on this date in 1954.

Desi Arnaz, Executive Producer, Rory Calhoun, Producer, Desilu Productions’ The Texan, “Law of the Gun†starring Rory Calhoun, as Bill Longley; Neville Brand, John Larch; W. Argyle Nelson, long-time associate of Lucille Ball and the Arnazes, as Production Supervisor, 31 episodes, 1958-1960, and James A. Paisley, Production Manager, 23 episodes, 1958-59; Dann Cahn, Editorial Supervisor, premieres this date in 1958.

The Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse Presents the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show: “Milton Berle Hides out at the Ricardos,†Desi Arnaz, Executive Producer and Director; Jay Sandrich, Assistant Director; Bert Granet, Producer; -Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley (The Mertzes), Keith Thibodeaux, as Little Ricky; guest star, Milton Berle; co-starring Elvia Allman and Sid Melton; Lucy wants Milton for a PTA show, and offers their home as a refuge to write his book, while keeping his presence and Ricky’s identity a secret; with Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf, Writers; Madelyn Davis and Bob Carroll, Jr., Script Consultants; W. Argyle Nelson, Production Supervisor; James A. Paisley, Production Manager (sixth of eight episodes, 1958-59); Dann Cahn, Editorial Supervisor; Wilbur Hatch, original music; Eliot Daniel, Composer, Theme Music; Hal King, Makeup Artist and Irma Kusely, Hair Stylist; as well as Costumer for twelve episodes, Della Fox, airing this date in 1959.

Vivian Vance (Lucy’s Ethel Mertz) stars on Desilu Productions’ Guestward Ho! “The Hoofens Buy A Ranchâ€, co-starring with Joanne Dru, Flip Mark, and J. Carrol Naish, released this date in 1960.

Desilu-filmed ABC My Three Sons, “Chip Off The Old Blockâ€, William Frawley (Lucy’s Fred Mertz) co-stars with Fred MacMurray, Tim Considine, Don Grady, Stanley Livingston, and Patricia Barry; with James A. Paisley, Production Manager/Supervisor, 36 episodes, 1960-61, premieres this date in 1960.

TV Guide: Lucille Ball, jumping in the air for Photographer Philippe Halsman [cover for this week, published in 1962.

Journal-American TV Magazine: “Ball of Fire Blazes Way for CBS†- Lucille Ball graces the cover for the week ending October 5, published in 1963.

Desilu-filmed My Favorite Martian, [all 1963; 1 episode in 1964] - a comedy about a Martian on earth, living as 'uncle' of 'earth human', trying to solve problems caused by his presence, starring Bill Bixby and Ray Walston, with Lucy 'veterans' and 'guests', during 1963; plus one episode in 1964: J. Pat O'Malley, Herb Rudley, and Simon Oakland, among many others, premiere, directed by Sheldon Leonard, “My Favorite Martianâ€, airs this date in 1963.

(“Here’s Lucyâ€) “Lucy Goes to the Air Force Academy, Part II†the second of a four-parter opening for this season, airing this date in 1969.

Edward Everett Horton, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’ long-time friend and guest co-star, dies this date in 1970.

Lucille Ball and John Wayne, co-host the ABC, General Electric’s All-Star Anniversary, nominated for a Primetime Emmy, trying to keep variety TV shows alive in the public’s image, airing this date in 1978.

The Lucy Lounge Forum Website – 'luvsbway1' - “He Loves Desi – Actor-singer, Greg Purnhagen, developed Babalu-cy! now playing at The Actors' Temple. Purnhagen, Cuban by birth, was adopted and grew up among Italian-Americans in Long Island, and Desi was his template of a 'true Cuban'. Also a fan of (“I Love Lucyâ€), Purnhagen debuted his cabaret show at the Metropolitan Room last year; now, the performance includes a Lucy character, as well, at The Actors Temple Theatre, NYC, through October 12th,“ posted this date in 2009.

 

September 30

 

Ralph Forbes, Lucille Ball early film-career co-star, The Three Musketeers 1935; Stage Door 1937; and Annabel Takes A Tour 1938, is born this date in 1896.

Dorothy Konrad, veteran supporting cast member The Lucy Show 2 episodes, 1963, 1964, 2 episodes. 1966, is born this date in 1912.

Buddy Rich, Lucille Ball co-star, DuBarry Was A Lady 1943; guest co-star, (“Here’s Lucyâ€), as himself, 1970l as well as with Lucille, via archival footage, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1992, is born this date in 1917.

Deborah Kerr, guest panelist 2/21/54 “What’s My Lineâ€, - Lucille Ball is mystery guest; as well as with Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball [via archival footage] Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's 1997, is born this date in 1921.

William Frawley (Lucy’s Fred Mertz), appears in Zion Meyers Productions', Something to Sing About, as Hank Meyers, co-starring James Cagney, Gene Lockhart, among many others, released on this date in 1937.

Lucille Ball stars with the Marx Brothers, Groucho, Harpo and Chico, in RKO Radio film Room Service, released this date in 1938.

LA Evening Herald Express, Harrison Carroll: “The change of schedule in Lucille Ball’s personal appearance tour with Dance, Girls, Dance, threw Desi Arnaz’ courtship out of kilter. Five boxes of chocolates and 36 letters missed Lucille en route and had to be forwarded. She also had to pay $2.86 for postage due,†published this date in 1940.

Times - Dance, Girls, Dance: “It is Miss Ball who brings an occasional zest to the film,†published this date in 1940.

NY Times, Frank Nugent Annabel Takes A Tour review: “Lucille Ball is becoming one of the country’s brightest comediennes,†this date in 1940.

LA Evening Herald Express, Harrison Carroll: “Lucille Ball couldn’t be more amazed. She, Greer Garson and Judy Garland wrote comedy lyrics on the Hollywood Cavalcade Bond Tour, which they named “The Rooney-Pidgeon-Skelton Blues.†An MGM official heard the words and promptly ordered them set to music. The song will be used in Ziegfeld Follies,†published this date in 1943.

Bob Weitman, in a telegram to General Artists Corporation, declares “Desi Arnaz a smash hit at Paramount Theater,†this date in 1947.

William Frawley (Lucy’s Fred Mertz), appears in Red Light, co-starring Chuck Hamilton, character actor/stuntman, among many others, released on this date in 1949.

Lucille Ball and co-star, Richard Denning, appear on CBS Radio’s 30-minute Situation Comedy, My Favorite Husband, episode #56, with veteran supporting cast members, Elvia Allman, Frank Nelson and Hans Conried, airs this date in 1949.

Lucille Ball and co-star, Richard Denning, appear on CBS Radio’s 30-minute Situation Comedy, My Favorite Husband, episode #99, with veteran supporting cast member, Frank Nelson, airs this date in 1950.

Desilu Productions’ Shower of Stars, co-starring many top stars; winner of Primetime Emmy; additional six nominations, with William Lundigan, Host, 12 episodes 1954-1957; Jack Benny, -13 episodes, 1955-58; and Art Gilmore, Announcer, 6 episodes, 1954, 57; and Lucy veterans, Ralph Levy, Producer (4 episodes), Director (5 episodes) 1954-57; Dann Cahn, Editorial Supervisor - this issue: “Premiere Showâ€, co-starring Robert Carson, Betty Grable, Harry James, Mario Lanza, and Hayden Rorke, among others, premieres this date in 1954.

Desi Arnaz and Orchestra record the background music for CBS-TV (“I Love Lucyâ€) Episode #105, which is filmed this date in 1954.

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz appear on CBS’ Ed Sullivan's Toast of the Town, with President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Gisele McKenzie, airing this date in 1956.

Jack Gargan, Lucille Ball early film-career co-star, 1935, 1937, 1939; Desi Arnaz co-star, 1941, 1942; co-star, Lucille, Thousands Cheer 1943; as well as co-star William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz) 1942, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950; dies this date in 1958.

(The Lucy Show) “Lucy Plays Cleopatra†- Lucy and Viv both wanting the lead, and compromise with Viv as Marc Antony, veteran guest co-starring Hans Conreid, planned in color, but continue in black and white, from this episode onward, airing this date in 1963.

CBS’ 60-minutes, black & white - The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour – The thirteen hour-long specials that Lucille and Desi did for Ford and Westinghouse from 1957-60 are re-run as a summer replacement series. Fresh opening and closing graphics are created to accommodate the new show title and sponsorship this date in 1963.

(“Here’s Lucyâ€) “Lucy Visits Jack Benny†Ray Singer, writer - an excellent episode with Lucy and family [Lucie and Desi Arnaz IV], on vacation at Benny’s desert mansion, with a surprise visit from Jackie Gleason, guest co-starring, airing this date in 1968.

Lucille Ball makes a guest appearance on ABC’s Donny & Marie (Osmond) Show, one of Lucille’s best late-career variety appearances, airing this date in 1977.

Edgar Bergen, Lucille Ball early film-career co-star, 1941, guest, Desilu Productions' Shower of Stars 1954, 1955; Desilu Productions’ Here’s Hollywood, 1961; as well as with Lucille, via archival footage, Legends of Comedy 1992; dies this date in 1978.

Fehmer (Chick) Chandler, Lucille Ball early film-career co-star, Blood Money 1933; supporting cast, (“I Love Lucyâ€) 1955; Desilu Productions’ Cavalcade of America 1956; December Bride 1957; The Ann Sothern 1960; and Glynis 1963; dies this date in 1988.

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