Luvsbway Posted March 14, 2014 Report Share Posted March 14, 2014 A topic I don’t think we have discussed before. From what I can figure out based on photos and off screen appearances it seems like our fab 4 only needed glasses to read for at least most of their life. So lets take a closer looks at who wore them and when. Let’s start with Lucy. On ILL Lucy only wore glasses on rare occasions for a comedic purpose. Lucy Writes a Novel, Ricky Needs and Agent, LA At Last. I can’t recall her ever wearing them to read anything. On the Lucy Show it’s mentioned that Lucy Carmichael had some eyesight problems thus she got a trial pair of contacts that she quickly lost. What we don’t know is if she ever did get her eyesight corrected. As for off screen Lucy the first time I start noticing her with glasses is late 50’s/early 60’s. The stockholder meetings are where I see her with them on. Then throughout the 60’s/early 70’s a smattering of pictures with her holding them/laying in front of her and occasionally wearing them to read. Come the late 70’s and through the 80’s we see Lucy wearing glasses a lot more off screen. Those are the big frames with the tinted lens. I’m sure they were worn for 3 reasons. One to read/see up close, the tinted lens helped work as sunglasses and finally they helped hide any aging around the eyes. On the Lucy Moves to NBC special there is a very real moment when the cast for the pilot show sits down for a table read and Lucy pulls out her glasses and mentions about needing them. We also knew that she did need them to read as is evident in that Emmy clip where she doesn't have them and can’t read anything. The Password episodes from the 80s she also uses them but in a unique fashion. She looks through them backwards, never actually putting them on. Betty even comments about it on one episode. So I think based on these events she just needed them to read. There are many other times though when she is reading that I don’t see her with glasses, such as the 60’s Passwords for example. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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