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William Spier, b. 12/5/06; Producer, Desilu Studios'-filmed, Willy, 16 episodes, 1954-55; Writer/Creator, Willy, 2 episodes, 1954; Writer, Desilu Productions', The Lineup, 1957; Writer, The Untouchables, 2 episodes, 1960; 2 episodes, 1961; Writer, The Gun of Zangara; as well as Alcatraz Express, 1960; dies this date 5/30/1973.

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Edward Stevenson, d. 12/2/68, costume designer, Lucille Ball early film-career friend, RKO, That Girl From Paris, 1936; Joy of Living, 1938; Having Wonderful Time, 1938; Beauty for the Asking, Five Came Back, That’s Right – You’re Wrong, and Panama Lady, 1939, You Can’t Fool Your Wife, Dance, Girl, Dance, and Too Many Girls, 1940, Look Who’s Laughing, A Girl, A Guy and a Gob, 1941; Valley of the Sun, 1942; Easy Living, 1949; 35 episodes of (“I Love Lucy”), 1955-1957; The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour “Lucy Meets the Mustache”, 1960; The Facts of Life 1960, for which Edward won his solitary Academy Award for Black and White Costume Design, in tandem with colleague and competitor, Edith Head; Mr. & Mrs., 1964, Lucy In London, 1966, and 34 episodes of The Lucy Show, 1962-1967, is born this date (5/13) in 1906.

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Marion Strong Van Vlack: 4/30/11 - 4/1/96

 

Marion Strong Van Vlack, one of Lucille Ball’s life-long Jamestown NY friends and early-film-career roommate in NYC, mentioned many times in (“I Love Lucy”) episodes, is born this date in 1911.

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"S"usan, the name Lucie was supposed to get but Desi screwed that up. And also the name of the little overeater in Yours mine and ours.

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Johnny Augustus Strong, b. 8/14/20; nicknamed ‘Big John’, brother to Lucille Ball's Jamestown friend, Marion Strong Van Vlack, while under contract to RKO Radio Pictures, Those Endearing Young Charms, Let’s Go Stepping, and First Yank Into Tokyo, 1945, dies this date (1/6) in 1992.

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Stale Sandwich (and a grape)

 

:viv1: Hey, we still have that stale sandwich!

:bill1: Don't bother looking in your cupboard, Mother Hubbard. It's bare.

:viv1: Fred! When did you eat it?

:bill1: When you were takin' your nap.

:viv1: Honestly! It's getting so it isn't safe to shut your eyes anymore!

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Rod Serling, b. 12/25/24; famed creator/writer/host/narrator, Twilight Zone, executive producer, 1959-60, 1959-64; creator, The Twilight Zone, 1985-89; and 2002-03; creator/host, Rod Serling's Night Gallery, 1969-73; writer, Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, one episode, 1958, appearance, as himself, one episode, 1960; cameo appearance, uncredited, Desilu Studios'-filmed, The Red Skelton Hour, 1960; guest, Desilu Productions', Here's Hollywood, 1961; guest, Desilu Studios'-filmed, Fractured Flickers, 1963; as well as guest, Desilu Productions', You Don't Say, 2 episodes, 1965, dies this date (6/28), in 1975.

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Sardines (what a pregnant Lucy ate with ice cream and chocolate syrup--however, it was really mashed potatoes and gravy)

also what Ethel felt like on the Italian train

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Dinah Shore, d. 2/24/94 - Golden Globe-winning singer/actress, 19 titles; leap-year baby, guest, Desilu Studios'-filmed, Make Room for Daddy, 2 episodes, 1957-58; with Desi Arnaz, IV, and Keith Thibodeaux (Richard Keith) (“I Love LucyLittle Ricky) guests, The Dinah Shore Chevy Show, 1960; Lucille guest, (“Here’s Lucy”) “Someone’s on The Ski Lift With Dinah”, 1971; with Desi Arnaz, IV, Salute to Oscar Hammerstein II, 1972; with Lucille and Desi, IV, on TV-The Fabulous Fifties, 1978; Lucille appears on Dinah! 1974 & 1975, as well as in a rare interview ‘appearance’, with Vivian Vance (Lucy’s Ethel Mertz) making ‘visit’ to both Dinah and Lucille; with Lucille, again in 1976 and 1977 on Dinah!; with Lucille, The Bob Hope American Youth Awards, 1979; with Lucille, co-hostess, The 33rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, 1981; with Lucille and others, Bob Hope Special: Women I Love: Beautiful, But Funny, 1982, with Lucie Arnaz and Lucille; Night of 100 Stars II, 1985, with Lucille, NBC’, Happy Birthday, Bob, Hope’s 85th birthday and his 50th Anniversary with NBC, 1988; with Lucille, archivally, Entertaining the Troops, 1994, as well as with the Arnazes, archivally, Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's, 1997, is born (2/29) this date in 1916.

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Al Simon, b. 11/11/11; served as (“I Love Lucy”) Production Manager, 33 episodes, 1951-1952, instrumental in bringing Academy Award-winning cinematographer genius, Karl Freund, on board, who kept in constant contact with director and camera coordinator via Al’s two-way intercom system, which Al developed in 1951, dies this date (5/18) in 2000.

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"S" H A R E the Hollywood charity event Lucy always attended, once was feted by and also featured on her show where she modeled that tweed "S"uit.

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Gloria Swanson, b. 3/27/1897 d. 4/4/83 - actress, 83 titles; Desi Arnaz' co-star, Father Takes a Wife, as Leslie Collier Osborne, 1941; with Lucille Ball, Hedda Hopper’s Hollywood, 1960; as well as Desilu Productions', ABC Late Night “That's Entertainment! 50 Years of MGM”, 1974; is born this date in 1897.

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