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January 9

 

Fernando Lamas, Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz guest co-star, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, 1958; co-stars, with Desi Arnaz IV, The Love Boat, 1978; with entire cast, via archival footage(s), as well as the Arnaz children, Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill and Desi IV, The (“I Love Lucyâ€) 50th Anniversary Special 2001, is born this date in 1915.

Lee Van Cleef, guest, Desilu Productions', Yancy Derringer, 1959, The Untouchables, 1960, and The Gun of Zangara, uncredited, 1960; as well as guest, Desilu Studios-filmed The Joey Bishop Show, 1962, is born this date in 1925.

Bob Denver, of Gilligan's Island fame; guest, Desilu Productions', Here's Hollywood, 1961, Fractured Flickers, 1963; Desilu Studios-filmed, Make Room for Daddy, 1964, and The Andy Griffith Show, 1964, is born this date in 1935.

Lucille Ball appears as a regular cast member Sunday nights on CBS Radio’s The Phil Baker Show, this date in 1938.

Hollywood Citizen News: “Lucille Ball will have the feminine lead in The Flying Yorkshireman, Eddie Cantor’s next,†published this date in 1939.

Fred Hunt, Lucille Ball’s Maternal Grandfather, the man ‘family’ calls ‘Daddy, 78, dies, this date in 1944.

Ziegfeld Follies, the most novel of films, is a musical without a story, stars, among others, Lucille Ball and William Frawley (Lucy’s Fred Mertz) and commences production this date in 1944.

William Frawley (Lucy’s Fred Mertz) appears on the first daytime serial, The Silver Theatre, “Papa Romaniâ€, as Bill Frawley; Conrad Nagel, Host, also starring Chico Marx, as Papa Romani, airing this date in 1950.

Desilu Productions’, Shower of Stars, “Episode 4.4â€, co-starring Jack Benny and Ed Wynn, among others, airs this date in 1958.

“Baby Pictures†(“I Love Lucyâ€) - re-run, with new footage, airing this date in 1959.

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, Bob Newhart, which airs on this date in 1964.

Post Journal - Jamestown, NY: Cat Lucy’s Nemesis – (The Lucy Show) “ . . . curiosity doesn’t kill a cat; but it breaks one up when Lucy drops a ceramic feline figurine Mooney had left in her care, a gift for his wife; Viv and Lucy reconstructing it, resulting in an abstraction they call an ‘itsa,’†airing this date in 1965.

William Frawley (Lucy’s Fred Mertz) suffers a mild stroke and is necessarily written off My Three Sons, this date in 1965.

The Lucy Show “Viv Visits Lucyâ€, Bob O’Brien, writer - guest co-star, Vivian Vance (Lucy’s Ethel Mertz) Viv’s ‘visit’ to California for the first time, to see her former roommate, Lucy, her first since she quit in 1965, as well as supporting cast member, Jerry Rush, airing this date in 1967.

Independent – Long Beach, California - “Vivian Vance (Lucy’s Ethel Mertz) explains her leaving the on-the-road in Philadelphia, starring role, as Marion Hollander, in Don’t Drink the Water, and replaced by Kay Medford for the premiere on Broadway as: 'working a seven-day week is so much more confining than television'â€, this date in 1967.

Lucille Ball is nominated for a Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Golden Globe Award for ‘best actress’ in comedy, for her starring role in 1974 comedy film Mame, on this date in 1975.

Arthur Lake, of Dagwood Bumstead fame, co-star, William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz), 1941, 1947; as well as with Lucille Ball, via archival footages, Hollywood Without Make-Up, 1963, dies this date in 1987

Jesse White co-starred with William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz) 1948; Desilu Productions’ Cavalcade of America 1956, guest co-star, Desilu Studios-filmed, Make Room For Daddy, 1953-54; Desilu Productions’, The Texan, 1959; Desilu Studios-filmed, The Red Skelton Show, 1959; Desilu Productions’, The Ann Sothern Show, 1960-1961; Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, 1958; Desilu Studios-filmed, Angel, 1961; and The Dick Van Dyke Show, 1961; Lucille's guest co-star, (“Here’s Lucyâ€) 1972; with Lucille, A Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Jimmy Stewart 1978; and Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood 1987, dies this date in 1997.

The Simpsons’ episode “Little Big Mom,†as several other references to Lucille Ball over the years; but perhaps the best - Tress MacNeille, another actress who, over the years, has paid “tribute†to Lucille: “Lucille McGillicuddy Ricardo Carmichael,†appears (in animation - “ghost†- of Lucy) shows up with mischievous suggestions to keep the family in line, airs this date in 2000.

Lucie Arnaz Website: Lucie Arnaz will produce, direct, Host and perform at the opening of the 2010 Lyrics and Lyricists Season at the 92d Street Y, (through the 11th of January), NYC, NY, in concert featuring the music of her father, Desi Arnaz, as sung and played by Lucie and several of her illustrious peers, commencing on this date in 2009.

 

January 10

 

Ray Bolger, Desi Arnaz’ co-star in RKO Radio Picture’s 1942, as well as, archivally, with Lucille Ball, 1985, is born this date in 1904.

Paul Henreid, guest co-star, Desilu Productions’, The Californians, 2 episodes, 1958, as well as Here’s Hollywood, 1961, 1962, is born this date in 1905.

Amzie Strickland Behrens, supporting cast member, (â€I Love Lucyâ€), 1955 and guest co-star, Desilu Productions’, December Bride, 1957; The Untouchables, 1963, guest, The Lucy Show, 1966; and Mission: Impossible, 1973, is born this date in 1919.

Gisele MacKenzie, appears with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Stars in the Eye, Vivian Vance and William Frawley (Lucy's The Mertzes) also appearing, 1952; as well as Ed Sullivan's Toast of the Town, 1956; Desilu Studios-filmed, The Jack Benny Program, 1962; is born this date in 1927.

Johnnie Ray, appears with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Toast of the Town 1958; as well as Desilu Productions', Shower of Stars, 1955, 1956, is born this date in 1927.

Sal Mineo, guest co-star, Desilu Productions', The Greatest Show on Earth, 1963, is born this date in 1939.

Joe Penner, Lucille Ball early-career co-star, 1938, dies this date in 1941.

Jim Bailey, close personal friend of Lucie Arnaz; Lucille Ball guest, (“Here's Lucyâ€), 1972; with Lucille, The Mike Douglas Show, 1980; as well as guest Headliner, Lucy-Desi Days, Jamestown NY, 2004, is born this date in 1948.

LA Examiner, Louella O. Parsons: “Legal woes for Interference - Lucille Ball stars in the film - story similar to one of Charles Magnus Warren, who sues for $10,000, said story having a slightly similar football background,†published this date in 1949.

Hollywood Citizen News, Sheilah Graham: “Lucille Ball is hot on the trail of Ray Milland to co-star in Miss Grant Takes Richmond. 99% sure she’ll get him,†published this date in 1949.

Desi Arnaz and Orchestra, perform (“I Love Lucyâ€) “California, Here We Come,†veteran supporting cast member, Kathryn Card, her first appearance, as well as Elizabeth Patterson, airing this date in 1955.

(“I Love Lucyâ€) “Lucy Gets Chummy With The Neighbors,†- an episode wherein Lucy becomes friendly with the Ramseys - episode is the last of the ‘new furniture’ plots, and introduces veteran supporting cast members Frank Nelson and Mary Jane Croft, the neighbors, and is filmed this date in 1956.

Desilu Productions’, Shower of Stars, “Star Timeâ€, with William Lundigan, Host; Jack Benny, Ralph Levy, Director; co-starring,Bob Crosby, Liberace and George Liberace, Jayne Mansfield, Vincent Price, and Lucy veteran, Herb Vigran, airs this date in 1957.

Lucille Ball appears on NBC Television’s Special, Hedda Hopper’s Hollywood, opposite rival columnist, Ed Sullivan’s Toast of the Town, amidst much controversy and harsh words between Ed and Hedda, although the audience rating was nearly equal, with a miriad of vintage and contemporary guest stars, produced on film and video tape, Lucille the latter, in front of Desilu Playhouse with several Playhouse students, speaking of Desi several times, this date in 1960.

The Lucy Show “Lucy and Art Linkletterâ€, co-written by Fred S. Fox, guest co-starring Art Linkletter, and veteran supporting cast members, George Barrows, Sid Gould, Ray Kellogg, Roy Rowan, and the return to the ‘Lucy-fold’ of Doris Singleton, missing since 1956, considered one of the top ten episodes, airing this date in 1966.

Howard Smith, guest co-star, Desilu Studios’ - CBS New Comedy Showcase as well as Harrigan and Son 1960, dies this date in 1968.

Lucille Ball hosts CBS’ 4th Super Comedy Bowl 1, co-starring, among others, Carol Burnett, Jack Gilford, Charlton Heston, Marty Ingels, Arte Johnson, Charles Nelson Reilly, and John Wayne, airing this date in 1971.

(“Here’s Lucyâ€) “Lucy and the Chinese Curse†- Lucy saves the life of a Chinese laundryman, co-starring veteran supporting cast members, Vanna Barra, Mary Jane Croft, Tommy Farrell, and Sid Gould, with Lucie Arnaz as Kim Carter,and airing this date in 1972.

Paul Lynde, guest appears on Desilu Productions' Fractured Flickers 1963; Desilu Studios-filmed The Jack Benny Program 1964, That Girl 1967; as well as Desilu Productions' The Mothers-In-Law 1968, appears twice with Desi Arnaz, The Hollywood Squares, 1972; dies this date in 1982.

Lucille Ball and a collage of stars appear on Entertainment Weekly’s 100th Issue Cover celebrating “The 20th Century’s Greatest Entertainment Moments,†published this date in 1992.

Sheldon Leonard, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’ long-time friend and guest co-star, Desilu Productions’, Our Miss Brooks, 1952, as camera director; supporting cast member, (“I Love Lucyâ€), 1953; producer/director, Desilu Studios'-Filmed, The Danny Thomas Show, 1959; director, My Favorite Martian, 1963, Make Room for Daddy, 1953-1963, The Dick Van Dyke Show, 4 episodes, 1961-63, 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: 1965; unit director, 5 episodes 1965; Director, Desilu Studios-filmed, The Real McCoys; producer/director A Danny Thomas Special: “The Wonderful World of Burlesque†1965; star, Desilu Studios-filmed, I Spy, 1966, second unit director, 2 episodes 1966; writer, The Andy Griffith Show, 5 episodes, 1963-67; guest, The Lucy Show, 1967; as well as appears, via archival footage, with Lucille and Desi, TV Land Moguls, 2004, dies this date in 1997.

Lucie Arnaz Website: Lucie Arnaz and daughter, Kate Luckinbill, appear as part of the talent, in the Majestic Theatre, NYC, honoring legendary composer Cy Coleman, on this date in 2005.

The Post-Journal, Jamestown, NY: Lucy-Desi Center Board Looks To The Future – “At a meeting late Tuesday afternoon, the new board of the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center reviewed the Center’s progress in fulfilling its mission and made plans for future endeavors,†published this date in 2008.

Lucie Arnaz Website: Lucie Arnaz will produce, direct, Host and perform at the opening of the 2010 Lyrics and Lyricists Season at the 92d Street Y, (through the 11th of January), NYC, NY, in concert featuring the music of her father, Desi Arnaz, as sung and played by Lucie and several of her illustrious peers, continuing on this date in 2009.

 

January 11

 

Sam Harris, veteran of 470-plus films and television; Lucille Ball early film-career co-star, 1934, Old Man Rhythm 1935, Annabel Takes a Tour 1938; co-star, William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz), 1941; co-star, with Lucille, 1943, 1945; with Frawley, 1945, 1946; co-star, with Lucille, 1946; co-star, Frawley, 1947; co-star, with Lucille, 1949; with Frawley, 1949; co-star, Vivian Vance (Lucy's Ethel Mertz), 1950; co-star, with Lucille, 1950; co-star, Lucille and Desi Arnaz, 1956; as well as guest cast member, (“I Love Lucyâ€), 1957; is born this date in 1877.

Post Journal - Jamestown, NY: “Lucille Ball Gets Pay Hike – Hollywood – (AP) – Lucille Ball, Jamestown, N.Y., screen actress, who recently left MGM, has proven that it pays to be independent. After making one picture outside the former fold, she has been lured back, with a substantial weekly increase. She also gets her own hairdresser,†published this date in 1946.

Film Daily: MGM - Ziegfeld Follies in Technicolor: “Super-extravaganza is sure thing for smashing box office ‘takes’ – musical revue, offering wide variety of entertainment and wealth of star names, the weight of the talent carries it over some of its weaker moments, including among many others, Lucille Ball and William Frawley (Lucy’s Fred Mertz),†published this date in 1946.

LA Times, Edwin Schallert: “Dream Girl,with Lucille Ball, a seasoned on-stage trouper, (although the LA engagement is cut short when Lucille succumbed to a virus which has plagued most of the cast), has a special comedic presence; never overdoing her performance on stageâ€, published this date in 1948.

Hollywood Citizen News, Sheilah Graham: “Lucille Ball has changed the name of her radio show husband. He was called Mr. Cugat; but, Xavier Cugat, the only real competition for Lucille’s own husband, band leader, Desi Arnaz, a decision is made to omit plugging him on the air. Lucille is now Mrs. Cooper,†published this date in 1949.

Desi Arnaz and the Desi Arnaz Orchestra record the background music for CBS-TV (“I Love Lucyâ€), Episode #19, which is filmed this date in 1952.

Lucy and Ethel sell salad dressing in “The Million Dollar Idea,†the first of the (“I Love Lucyâ€) installments to be shown to the Armed Forces all over the world courtesy of sponsor Philip Morris, with veteran supporting cast member, Frank Nelson, airing this date in 1954.

The Lucy Show â€Lucy and the Ceramic Cat†- only time in ‘this series’ Lucy Carmichael utters Lucy Ricardo’s famous ‘spider’ exclamatory sound, after breaking Mooney’s gift to his wife, with cast member, Larry Dean; as well as Costumer for seven episodes of TLS, Della Fox, airing this date in 1965.

(“Here’s Lucyâ€) “Lucy and the 20-20 Visionâ€, directed by Lucille’s friend, comedian Jack Carter, Lucy needs a 2-day vacation to take Kim and Craig to Mexico, airing this date in 1971.

Gordon B. Clarke, guest cast member, (“I Love Lucyâ€) 1956; Desilu Productions' Sheriff of Cochise (unknown year); as well as Desilu Studios-filmed The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp 1957, dies this date in 1972.

Isobel Randolph, co-stars with William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz) 1940, 1942; occasional guest cast member, with Lucille, My Favorite Husband, 1948; co-stars with Lucille Ball, 1941, 1943, 1946; 1950; guest stars, Desilu Productions', Our Miss Brooks, 1952; guest stars, with Frawley, Desilu Studios-filmed, The Red Skelton Show, 1958; guest stars, Desilu Productions', December Bride, 1957-1959, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, 1958; guest stars, Desilu Studios-filmed, The Red Skelton Show, 1957-1958; co-stars with Vivian Vance (Lucy's Ethel Mertz), The Red Skelton Show, 1962; The Dick Van Dyke Show, 1962; as well as guest, The Joey Bishop Show, 1963, dies this date in 1973.

Jack LaRue, co-star, William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz), 1934, 1936, 1941, dies this date in 1984.

Kate Luckinbill, Lucie Arnaz and Laurence Luckinbill’s daughter – granddaughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, singer/actress, Captain Incredible “Crack Whores†(short film) 2006; My Life: Untitled, and My Guaranteed Student Loan, 2009, is born this date in 1985.

The Latest from Everything Lucy website – “Lucie Arnaz Teams with David Friedman on Benefit Concert†- Broadway, film and TV star Lucie Arnaz and longtime friend, songwriter/composer David Friedman, will collaborate on a performance this coming weekend to benefit the Summer Theatre of New Canaan, Connecticut. Billed as "An Evening with Lucie Arnaz," the nightclub act is set for Saturday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. at St. Luke's Performing Arts Center, posted this date in 2008.

The Post-Journal - Jamestown, NY – “At a meeting late Tuesday, January 8, the new board of the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center reviewed the Center’s progress in fulfilling its mission and made plans for future endeavors. President Charles Edward Fagan announced the board is excited about the opportunities that lie ahead. ‘We recognize we have a tremendous responsibility not only to the Jamestown community but to the people around the world who love and admire these two icons of early American television,’ Fagan said. ‘We are enthusiastic about what the Lucy-Desi Center can contribute in fulfilling its mission to preserve and celebrate the legacy of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz and enrich the world through the healing powers of love and laughter. The Center has made a good start, but only the surface has been scratched in terms of its potential,â€published this date in 2008.

The Sunday Post-Journal - Jamestown, NY – Living – Hometown Treasures – by Nicholas L. Dean – “Some of Jamestown’s biggest attractions will open their doors next Saturday, January 17, for the fourth annual ‘Doors Open Jamestown’ Event, which allows area residents free admission to places like the Lucy-Desi Center’s Museum and Desilu Playhouse,†published this date in 2009.

Lucie Arnaz Website: Lucie Arnaz will produce, direct, Host and perform at the opening of the 2010 Lyrics and Lyricists Season at the 92d Street Y, (through the 11th of January), NYC, NY, in concert featuring the music of her father, Desi Arnaz, as sung and played by Lucie and several of her illustrious peers, through this date in 2009.

The Latest from Everything Lucy Website – Teen Actress in Lucille Ball Movie Has Died - “Holly O'Brien, an actress in Lucille's film Yours, Mine and Ours,. 1968, who went on to become a children's agent and casting director for commercials; had also been a singer and dancer, died December 30. She was 55. She played Susan one of Frank's (Henry Fonda) 10 children, and one of the 18 who become a family when Frank marries Helen (Lucille)â€, posted this date in 2010.

The Lucy Lounge Website – “The Show's artistic director is Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill, also hosting, the 92d Street Y, NYC, NY, was the scene of the 40th anniversary season of Lyrics and Lyricists: Babalu – the American Songbook Goes Latin, featuring the music of the Desi Arnaz Orchestra, a tribute to her father, by Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill, a chance to celebrate her father's musical career and the major role Latin Music has played in the American Songbook. Ron Abel, Lucie's musical director of several years, performed. Lucie resurrected her father's original orchestra charts for this show, which have been housed in the Library of Congress for the last twenty years. The production features guest, Desi Arnaz IV, among others; and the 'bring-down-the-house number was the Band playing the theme music from (“I Love Lucyâ€), bringing the audience loudly to its feetâ€, posted this date in 2010.

 

January 12

 

Luise Rainer, appears with Vivian Vance (Lucy's Ethel Mertz), 1936; appears with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Toast of the Town, 1958; with Lucille, Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood, 1987; as well as with Lucille, via archival footage, That's Entertainment! III, 1994, is born this date 1910.

William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz), stars in Paramount Picture's, Miss Fane's Baby Is Stolen, as Captain Murphy, directed by Alexander Hall, co-starring, among others, Alan Hale, Jack LaRue and Irving Bacon, released this date in 1934.

Roger Ewing, of Gunsmoke fame, 52 episodes, 1965-67; as well as Desilu Productions', The Mothers-In-Law, 1967, is born this date in 1942.

(“I Love Lucyâ€) “Lucy Becomes A Sculptress†- Lucy, trying to give cultural influence to her unborn child, episode based on My Favorite Husband “Liz Becomes a Sculptress,†co-starring Leon Belasco, Paul Harvey, and Shepard Menken, airing this date in 1953.

(“I Love Lucyâ€) “Paris At Last,†a European episode requiring four entirely new sets – a hotel room, an outdoor café, a Parisian street and the inside of a French Police Station – a large cast and several veteran supporting cast members, filmed this date in 1956.

TV Guide: Lucille Ball appears (full-cover picture, extreme close-up of face resting on hands) this week in 1957.

Lucille Ball self-appointed Number One Fan, Michael Stern, is born this date in 1961.

CBS’ The Good Years - ninety-minute special reuniting Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball, celebrating American life between 1900 and World War I, Lucille’s first television effort shortly after marrying Gary Morton, since (“I Love Lucyâ€) - videotaped in NY, airing this date in 1962.

Desi Arnaz Productions’, The Mothers-In-Law, “Haven’t You Had That Baby Yet?†regular cast, and Lucy veteran supporting cast member, Vanda Barra, airs this date in 1969.

(“Here’s Lucyâ€) “Lucy, the Laundressâ€, in which Lucy accidentally really scalds her hand, and which episode revolves around Lucy having backed into the laundry truck; goes to work there to pay back for damages she caused; airing this date in 1970.

Desi Arnaz IV, stars as Walter Nebicher in 20th Century Fox TV’s, Automan “Unreasonable Facsimileâ€, starring Chuck Wagner, as Automan, Robert Lansing and Gerald S. O'Loughlin; guest co-starring Delta Burke and Glenn Corbett - Desi's partner - Dino, Desi & Billy combo - Billy Hinsche, composer, theme music, airing this date in 1984.

Lucille Ball appears in the All-Star Super Password Special, this date in 1987.

Newsday and Newsweek: “Lucie on Lucille (Lucy): Less Than Rave Reviews,†are published this date in 1990.

Boston Globe, Paul Hirshon, “Who Did You Say Loved Lucy?†published this date in 1990.

TV Guide: Canadian Edition: TV’s All-Time Greatest Shows (small picture of Lucille Ball and others), published this date in 2000.

WGRZ-TV - Buffalo NY - Kevin O’Neill’s Report – A special story on the Desilu Playhouse, part of the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Museum, Jamestown NY, airs on this day in 2007.

Lucie Arnaz appears in Lucie's Benefit Concert, New Canaan, CT, with special guest, David Friedman, kicking off the 2008 season of musical celebration at St. Luke's Performing Arts Center, on this dae in 2008.

Russ Conway, co-stars with William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz) 1949, 1951; guest star, Desilu Productions', Official Detective (unknown year); The Lineup, 1957, 1958; U.S. Marshal, 1958; The Californians, 1959; Alcatraz Express, 1960; The Untouchables, 1961; Kraft Mystery Theater, 1962; as well as Mission: Impossible, 1968, dies this date in 2009.

The Lucy Lounge Website – 'jaime' - “Keith Thibodeaux, who played Little Ricky (“I Love Lucyâ€), a professional drummer by the age of 3, stars in a hit television show at 5, playing the son of a Cuban band leader and his zany redheaded wife, billed as Richard Keith, and given a seven-year contract. Recently, the 57-year-old musician/actor and director of a dance company called Ballet Magnificat was in Pittsburgh, for the Christian movie, Uplifting Entertainment's, C Me Dance, now filming in and around Carnegie. Thibodeaux continued to work, which includes a recurring role as Opie's best friend, Johnny Paul Jason, on The Andy Griffith Show. In 1989, he and wife, Kathy, formed Ballet Magnificat, their ballet company. Kathy and Keith have a 29-year old daughter, Tara Drew, who is choreographing some of the scenes in C Me Dance.†- from an article first published in November 2008, and posted this date in 2009.

Fred Krone, born in 1931, guest, Desilu Studios-filmed, The Adventures of Jim Bowie, 1957; guest, Desilu Productions', The Texan, 1958; guest, Desilu Studios-filmed, Yancy Derringer, 9 episodes, 1958-59, and The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, 1960; Lucille Ball's guest, The Lucy Show, 1966, as well as guest, Desilu Productions' Mission: Impossible, 1967, and Mannix, 1968; dies this date in 2010.

 

January 13

 

Sophie Tucker, appears with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, A Star Is Born World Premiere, 1954, Toast of the Town 1958; Lucille's long-time friend, (an actress Lucille often hilariously impersonates and particularly pays tribute to, Sophie via archival footage, on NBC Texaco Presents Bob Hope’s All-Star Comedy Tribute to Vaudeville, 3/25/77); with Lucille and Desi, all archivally, Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage, 1983, Judy Garland's Hollywood, archivally, 1997; as well as with Desi, both archivally, The Nightclub Years, 2001, is born this date in 1884.

Army Archerd, columnist for Daily Variety from 1953; appears in Desilu Productions', Mannix, 1968; Lucille Ball guest co-star (“Here's Lucyâ€), 1970, as himself; 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 1919.

Robert Stack, Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, 1959; star of Desilu Productions', The Untouchables, 118 episodes, 1959-1963; star of The Scarface Mob, 1959; and The Gun of Zangara, 1960; with Desi Arnaz, IV, Salute to Oscar Hammerstein II, 1972; Lucille Ball guest co-star, The Lucy Show, 1966, The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, 1986, honoring Lucille, shortly after Desi’s death – Desi to have presented Lucille with her Honor; and with the Arnazes, archivally, The Desilu Story, 2003, is born this day in 1919.

William Frawley (Lucy’s Fred Mertz) appears on Broadway's Cosmopolitan Theatre (moved from the Ritz Theatre March 14, 1927) Bye, Bye Bonnie, as Butch Hogan, in 125 performances, co-starring Ruby Keeler, beginning this date in 1927.

Charles Nelson Reilly, Lucille Ball guest co-star (“Here’s Lucyâ€), also starring Lucie and Desi Arnaz IV, 1970, with Lucille, 4th Super Comedy Bowl 1, 1971; guest-appeared with Desi Arnaz, The Hollywood Squares, 1972; appeared with Lucille Happy Birthday, Bob, 1978; as well as guest starred with Lucille, Body Lanuage, for five days in 1984; is born this date in 1931.

Lucille Ball appears on CBS Radio’s Suspense “Dime a Dance,†on this date in 1944.

LA Examiner, Behind the Makeup, Harry Crocker: “Lucille Ball must have appeared very fickle to guests at Ciro-ette Room, at least to those who didn’t know Peter Lawford and Keenan Wynn had given the party to celebrate the sponsorship of My Favorite Husband. Lucille was busy the entire night pasting small heart-shaped stickers reading “My Favorite Husband†on the backs of all the male guests,†published this date in 1949.

Lucille Ball and co-star, Richard Denning, appear My Favorite Husband, episode #71, with veteran supporting cast member, Frank Nelson, airs this date in 1950.

Lucille Ball and co-star, Richard Denning, appear My Favorite Husband lock, episode #114, with veteran supporting cast member, Hans Conried, airs this date in 1951.

Ernie Kovacs, guest, Desilu Productions’ The Walter Winchell Show, 1956; Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, 1959; Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’, friend and guest co-star, 1960; with Lucille, 1984; as well as, via archival footages, (“I Love Lucyâ€) 50th Anniversary Special, 2001, dies this day in 1962.

The Lucy Show “Lucy Goes to Art Classâ€, guest co-starring Robert Alda, his first of many Lucy shows, as well as Lucy veterans, John Carradine and Howard Caine, in which episode Lucy joins an art class to impress a handsome man, airing this date in 1964.

Desilu Productions’, Mannix, starring Mike Connors, “License to Kill - Limit Threeâ€, co-starring Karen Black, and Joseph Campanella, among others, the last Desilu Productions' episode, is released this date in 1968.

(“Here’s Lucyâ€) “Lucy and the Ex-Con†- Bob O’Brien, writer - guest co-starring Wally Cox, a frequent guest co-star and friend of Lucille, as well as Bruce Gordon, in which episode Lucy feels sorry for the reformed safecracker, airing this date in 1969.

Desi Arnaz IV, marries actress, Linda Purl (divorced in 1981) on this date in 1979.

Parade Magazine cover story: Betty Ford, former 1st Lady, appears with Lucille Ball, in an unusual “Conversation Piece,†largely to plug Mrs. Ford’s work with cancer patients, and to plug Lucille’s upcoming special: Lucy Moves to NBC: “The (‘I Love Lucy’) and Betty Show†- Telephone conversation: Lucille to Betty: “You’re harder to connect with in Palm Springs than you were in the White House,†published this date in 1980.

Lucie Arnaz stars, as Maggie Parker, CBS'/Lorimar Productions' Washington Mistress, also starring Tony Bill and Pat Hingle, among others, released this date in 1982.

Lucille Ball appears in the All-Star Super Password Special, this date in 1987.

Hollywood Reporter, “The Desilu Story,†is published this date in 2000.

Dean Miller, Desilu Productions’ December Bride 111 episodes, 1954-1959; as well as Host, Here’s Hollywood, 40 episodes, 1960-1961, dies this date in 2004.

The Lucy Lounge Website: bweir, courtesy of LauraJ and Rick Carl: “Bart Andrews, the man who started the whole Lucy insurgence back in 1974, at a time when there was very little available regarding (“I Love Lucyâ€) except for the television re-runs of programs, wrote several Lucy Books, all well received and wildly popular with Lucille Ball fans. Bart has passed away, December 26, 2009â€, posted this date in 2010.

The Lucy Lounge Website, courtesy, 'morethanonesubject' - addition to research of 1/14/10: Wikipedia – “Desilu Productions' former home, 846 N. Cahuenga Boulevard, Hollywood, California, is now a rental office, Ren-Mar Studios, (1974). Built in 1915, as Metro Pictures, Back Lot #3, it has been used for a wide variety of film and television productions, and by many different names. In 1953, after filming (“I Love Lucyâ€) at another studio, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz bought the Lot, known as Motion Picture Center, and signed a ten-year lease on the property, it became Desilu Studios. In 1956, when the Arnazes bought/leased other studios in Hollywood and Culver City, it became Desilu-Caluenga Studios. (“I Love Lucyâ€) Seasons 3-6; The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour; The Dick Van Dyke Show, Make Room for Daddy, Hogan's Heroes, The Andy Griffith Show, The Jack Benny Show, That Girl, Seinfeld, The Golden Girls, NewsRadio, Ally McBeal, and Lizzie McGuire, are among the television programs which have been filmed partially or fully at what is now Ren-Mar Studios, It became Ren-Mar Studios in 1974 - and 'JoeySoCal'- Lucy Lounge - '...January 2010, Ren-Mar Studios was bought by Red Digital Camera Company. The complex was re-named Red Studios Hollywood,'†posted this date in 2011.

 

January 14

 

William Bendix, of the Life of Riley fame, Lucille Ball early film-career co-star, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1946; co-star, William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz), 1948, and with Bill, 1950; appeared with Lucille and Desi Arnaz, A Star Is Born World Premiere, 1954; guest star, Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, 1958; and Desilu Productions’, The Untouchables, 1959, is born this date in 1906.

Frank Aletter, Lucille Ball guest co-star The Lucy Show, 1962; Desilu Productions’, Mannix, 1967; with Desi Arnaz IV, Automan, 1984, as well as with Lucille, via archival footage, You Know the Face, among many other stars, 2009, is born this date in 1926.

Hollywood Citizen News, Elizabeth Yeaman: “Lucille Ball gets her first leading lady role in Radio Pictures Rolling Stones, after outstanding work in Stage Door and Having a Wonderful Time. Currently she has the second lead, as Irene Dunne’s younger sister . . . The Joy of Living,†published this date in 1938.

Jack Jones, guest, Desilu Studios-filmed, The Joey Bishop Show, 1964; appears with Lucille Ball, Bob Hope's Overseas Christmas Tours: Around The World With The Troops - 1941-1972, 1980; as well as with Lucille, via archival footage, Bob Hope at 100, 2003, is born this date in 1938.

LA Evening Herald Express, Cinema Chatter: “Five years ago, Lucille Ball was playing a dress extra in Roberta. Even then, she impressed producer Pandro Berman enough to offer her a contract; Next Time I Marry, Lucille Ball, in a featured role about a wealthy girl who pays a WPA worker $500 to marry her, cinched stellar honors for the ambitious little lady, who climbed step by step to cinema fame. She’ll get ‘star billing’ from now on, since Berman has ordered the RKO story department to buy stories with Lucille in mind,†published this date in 1939.

LA Examiner, Louella O. Parsons: “When Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, coming down to breakfast, attempt to fire a drunken couple in their employ, the man swings at Desi and refuses to leave. His wife also gets in the fray and Lucille puts in a hurried call to police – no injuries; but unnerving,†published this date in 1946.

LA Evening Herald Express: Lucille Ball Ill, Forced From Play: “Acute laryngitis forces actress Lucille Ball from cast of Dream Girl at Biltmore last night. Her doctor said she will have to stay away until Thursday. Meanwhile, June Havoc is substituting for the movie redhead,†published this date in 1948.

Lucille Ball and co-star, Richard Denning, appear My Favorite Husband, episode #27, with veteran supporting cast member, Hans Conried, airs this date in 1949.

Desi Arnaz and Orchestra, perform (“I Love Lucyâ€), an episode without William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz), establishing Lucy and Ricky’s address as 623 E. 68th St., and based in part on My Favorite Husband “Baby Sitting,†airing this date in 1952.

Readers’ Digest, Eleanor Harris: “ . . . reports . . . baby Ricardo . . . ’born’ . . . following Monday . . . electric current raced through news offices all over country . . . perhaps Lucille Ball’s ‘real’ baby would make its appearance the same day . . . it’s the greatest human-interest story of our time . . . papers published hourly bulletins, betting on baby’s sex,†published this date in 1953.

(“I Love Lucyâ€) “Fan Magazine Interview,†an episode of Lucy jealousy and spectacular performances by veteran supporting co-stars, Kathryn Card and Elvia Allman, filmed this date in 1954.

CBS’ The Lucy Show – 30-minutes, black & white – this is not a misprint, nor Miss Ball’s classic 1960’s sitcom. The re-runs of (“I Love Lucyâ€) on Sundays had done so well for CBS they decide to add this extra night of (“I Love Lucyâ€) re-runs on Saturdays in the very early evening. New graphics are made to reflect the change of title and sponsor this date in 1956.

Humphrey Bogart, Lucille Ball’s long-time friend, via archival footage; appears with Lucille, archivally, Entertaining the Troops, 1994 as well as with Desi Arnaz and Lucille, Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's, 1997, dies this date in 1957.

(“I Love Lucyâ€) “Lucy And Supermanâ€, guest starring George Reeves, ‘Superman’; Keith, Little Ricky, Thibodeaux’s (an avid ‘Superman’ fan) ‘favorite episode’; supporting cast members, Madge Blake; and is Doris Singleton's (Carolyn Appleby) final appearance, airing this date in 1957.

Desilu Productions', The Untouchables, “The Noise of Deathâ€, Quinn Martin, Executive Producer; Bert Granet, Producer; W. Argyle Nelson, Production Supervisor; Kerwin Coughlin, Casting; Sandy Grace, Set Decoration; Ralph Berger, Art Direction; Cam McCulloch, Sound; Bill Heath, Editorial Supervisor; with Charles West, Property Master, starring Robert Stack, as Eliot Ness; Norma Crane, J. Carrol Naish, and Henry Silva guest starring Joi Lansing, Jerry Paris, Harry Dean Stanton, and Walter Winchell, as Voice Narrator; airs on this date in 1960.

The Lucy Show “Lucy and Viv Are Volunteer Firemen†- Lucille friend, and veteran supporting cast member, Carole Cook, shares this episode, which involves a letter-writing campaign for Danfield Fire Department, airing this date in 1963.

Desilu Productions', The Greatest Show on Earth, “Corsicans Don't Cryâ€, starring Jack Palance, as Johnny Slate, co-starring Steven Hill, among others, airs this date in 1964.

Desi Arnaz’ Productions - Desi Arnaz and Elliott Lewis, directors; executive-produced by Desi - United Artists’ - NBC TV, The Mothers-in-Law, “The Hombre Who Came to Dinner, Part 1,†creator, and written by Lucy writers Madelyn Davis and Bob Carroll, Jr.; with regular cast, Eve Arden, Kay Ballard, Roger C. Carmel, Jerry Fogel, Herb Rudley, and Deborah Walley and Desi Arnaz, starring as Rapael del Gado, among others, airing this date in 1968.

Lucille Ball, still weak from 1972 leg fracture, stars in film Mame, filming begins in 1973.

LA Times, Tom Burke: “Lucy Coaxing Blues Right out of the Horn as ‘Mame’,†published this date in 1973.

(“Here’s Lucyâ€) “Meanwhile, Back at the Officeâ€, co-starring Don Porter (Ann Sothern foil on two series at Desilu Studios); Lucie Arnaz, as Kim Carter, steals this show with her boa constrictor, airing this date in 1974.

Donna Reed, of Dallas fame, co-stars with Lucille Ball, 1943, Hollywood Without Make-Up, 1963, as well as Funny Women of Television (both via archival footage), 1991, dies on this date in 1986.

Lucille Ball appears in the All-Star Super Password Special, this date in 1987.

Lucie Arnaz pays musical tribute to her father, Desi Arnaz, at Eden Roc Resort’s 50th Anniversary celebration in Miami Beach – recognized as ‘someone’ who had stayed at the Resort; but, more importantly, as an individual who came from the Miami community and left the world a better place, this date in 2006.

Shelley Winters, Lucille Ball long-time friend; early film-career co-star, 1946; appears with Lucille and Desi Arnaz, Toast of the Town, 1956; Lucille’s guest co-star, 1968, dies on this date in 2006.

Ricardo Montelban, Mr. Roarke of Fantasy Island fame; Desilu Productions', Here's Hollywood, 1961; The Untouchables, 1961; The Greatest Show on Earth, 1963; Mission: Impossible, 1967; Star Trek, 1967; and Lucille Ball guest co-star, (“Here's Lucyâ€), 1972; with Desi Arnaz IV, on Salute to Oscar Hammerstein II, 1972; archivally, with Lucille, That's Dancing!, 1985; with Lucille, via archival footage on The Carol Burnett Show: A Reunion, 1993, as well aswith Lucille and Vivian Vance (Lucy's Ethel Mertz), 50 Years of Funny Females, 1995, dies this date in 2009.

The Latest From Everything Lucy Website: “The Las Vegas Sun, by Becky Bosshart - ‘Desi Arnaz Jr. to star in A.R. Gurney play, 'Love Letters', an intimate look into the lives of two lovers who are always far apart, though on the stage they sit side-by-side. The Boulder City benefit production will be performed by local star, Desi Arnaz Jr., and Mary Crosby, best known in her role as the character who shot J.R. Ewing in the television series, Dallas. Arnaz said: ‘Love Letters’ is the perfect benefit play because it can be produced at a low cost: it requires only two players - the characters Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. January 24 - Desi's Boulder Theatre - proceeds benefit the non-profit Boulder City Ballet Co. The play follows the lives of the upper class NY elite as World War II turns their world asunder", posted this date in 2009.

The Latest From Everything Lucy Website: “Next up for the Boulder City Ballet Company Theater is ‘An Evening with Lucille Ball,’ featuring impersonator, Suzanne LaRusch, April 10 and 11, also will benefit the Ballet Company, posted this date in 2009.

Wikipedia – “Desilu Productions' former home, 846 N. Cahuenga Boulevard, Hollywood, California, is now a rental office, Ren-Mar Studios. Built in 1915, as Metro Pictures, Back Lot #3, it has been used for a wide variety of film and television productions, and by many different names. In 1953, after filming (“I Love Lucyâ€) at another studio, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz bought the Lot, known as Motion Picture Center, and signed a ten-year lease on the property, it became Desilu Studios. In 1956, when the Arnazes bought/leased other studios in Hollywood and Culver City, it became Desilu-Caluenga Studios. It became Ren-Mar Studios in 1974. (“I Love Lucyâ€) Seasons 3-6; The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour; The Dick Van Dyke Show, Make Room for Daddy, Hogan's Heroes, The Andy Griffith Show, The Jack Benny Show, That Girl, Seinfeld, The Golden Girls, NewsRadio, Ally McBeal, and Lizzie McGuire, are among the television programs which have been filmed partially or fully at Ren-Mar Studiosâ€, researched this date in 2010.

Hello! Canada Weekly Magazine – Issue no. 158 – Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz are pictured, with friend Louella Parsons, in Golden Globe Award Ceremony, published this date in 2010.

 

January 15

 

Lloyd Bridges, star, Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, 1959; guest star, Desilu Productions’, Mission: Impossible, 1966; Lucille Ball guest co-star, (“Here’s Lucyâ€), 1972; and Night of 100 Stars II, with, among others, Lucille and Lucie Arnaz, 1985, is born this date in 1913.

Phyllis Coates, the original Lois Lane, of TV’s Superman – 25 episodes - 1951-53; star, Desilu Productions’, Willy, 1955; star, This is Alice, 39 episodes, 1958; Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, 1959; Desilu Productions’, The Untouchables, 1959; 1960, 1962; is born this date in 1927.

LA Examiner, Seven Days Leave: “Held over Lucille Ball, Victor Mature film,†published this date in 1943.

Hollywood Citizen News, Sheilah Graham: “Regardless of whether Lucille Ball stars in Born Yesterday – and it looks like someone else, Columbia is still trying hard to land Humphrey Bogart as leading man,†published this date in 1948.

Post Journal - Jamestown, NY: Hollywood, (AP) – Lucille‘s Baby Boy - (?) Due Monday; TV Show All Filmed “Lucille Ball will have her baby next Monday, both in fact and in her TV show, the script for which already identifies the child as a boy,†published this date in 1953.

Desi Arnaz, directed Lucille Ball, at her insistence, even though divorced, in a guest appearance with Gale Gordon for the pilot episode of a projected Victor Borge anthology special for Desilu Comedy Playhouse, a program produced and filmed; in a sketch about a woman who had never been in an airplane; but, never aired, in 1962.

The Lucy Show “Lucy Gets Involved†- written by Ray Singer and guest co-starring Vanda Barra, Jackie Coogan, for a second time, who works well with Lucille, John 'Red' Fox and Philip Vandervort - Lucy is working as a car hop to earn extra money after breaking Mooney’s television set, airing this date in 1968.

LA Times: Nosotros to Honor Ricardo Montalban – “Montalban is the founder and first President of Nosotros, a group which promotes Hispanic involvement in American moviemaking. The Ricardo Montalban Foundation restored and re-opened a Beaux Arts Theater in Hollywood, which had been a stage for radio dramas, as the CBS Radio Playhouse, then a movie palace and eventually a playhouse called the Doolittle. It is now the Ricardo Montalban Theater, and houses the Nosotros American Latino Film Festival†[Research Note: Lucille Ball, counts Montalban a friend and guest co-star, attends and supports the Charity Event] published this date in 1971.

(“Here’s Lucyâ€) “Lucy and Her Genuine Twimbyâ€, written by Fred S. Fox and Seaman Jacobs - guest co-starring Bob Cummings, as Robert Henning, a romantic role for Lucy, and William Lanteau, which episode has Lucy in possession of an expensive antique chair, airing this date in 1973.

Lucille Ball appears in the All-Star Super Password Special, this date in 1987.

Ray Bolger, Desi Arnaz’ co-star, 1942, as well as, archivally, with Lucille Ball, 1985, dies this date in 1987.

Lucie Arnaz appears on the Joan Rivers Show: “My paremts did continue to rely on each other for advice; wanted each other’s insight; traced the edges of their old, triumphant collaboration,†this date in 1990.

Newsweek: “The Lost Lines of Lucy,†published this date in 1990.

Ruth Warrick, guest, Desilu Productions' Cavalcade of America 1952; as well as appearing with Lucille Ball Hollywood The Golden Years: The RKO Story 1987; dies this date in 2005.

 

January 16

 

Karl Freund, infamous Lucille Ball mentor, pivotal in the career(s) of Lucile and Desi Arnaz; cinematographer, William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz) film, 1939; Lucille films, 1943, 1945, 1946; it was, perhaps, inevitable that technical and innovation-minded Freund would get to work for brand new visual medium - television. Lucille, whom he had photographed when she was a contract player at MGM, hired him as the director of photography at Desilu Productions. Freund decided to shoot (“I Love Lucyâ€) with three 35mm Mitchell BNC cameras, one of each to simultaneously shoot long shots, medium shots, and close-ups, giving the editor (Dann Cahn) adequate coverage to create the 22 minutes of footage needed for a half-hour commercial network show. Freund worked out the lighting during the rehearsal period, and provided them with quality films of each show that could be easily syndicated into perpetuity, whereas the live shows filmed secondarily off of flickering TV monitors as kinescopes could not; (“I Love Lucyâ€), 1951-56; Desilu Productions', Our Miss Brooks, 126 episodes, 1952-56; Willy, 16 episodes, 1954-55, as well as December Bride, 2 episodes, 1955; is born this date in 1890.

Peter Brocco, Lucille Ball early film-career co-star, 1949; supporting cast member, (“I Love Lucyâ€), 1956, 1957; star, Desilu Productions’, Sheriff of Cochise, 1957, The Untouchables, 1961, Star Trek, 1967, and Mission: Impossible, 2 episodes, 1970; is born this date in 1903.

Ethel Merman, Lucille Ball’s life-long friend, (Ethel Mertz named after her); co-star, 1934; co-star, William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz), 1936; appears with Lucille CBS’, Dinner With The President 1953; guest star, Desilu Productions', Shower of Stars, two episodes, 1955;; appears with Lucille and Desi Arnaz Toast of the Town,1956; with Lucille, NBC’s Lucy Goes to Broadway,1961 (unproduced, reuniting Vivian, Bill (the Mertzes), Lucille, Desi, as well as Lucie and Desi Arnaz IV – a first); Lucille's guest co-star, reunited again with Vivian, The Lucy Show, 2 episodes, as herself, 1964; star, Desilu Productions', Maggie Brown, an unsold sitcom, 1963; as well as several career intersections with Vivian Vance (Lucy’s Ethel Mertz) who was Ethel’s understudy in 1934; is born this date in 1908.

Elliot Reid, veteran supporting cast member (“I Love Lucyâ€), 1955; The Lucy Show, 1963, 1965, as well as (“Here’s Lucyâ€), 1970, is born this date in 1920.

Katy Jurado; guest, Desilu Productions’, Here’s Hollywood, 1961, and co-star with Desi Arnaz, The Virginian, 1970, is born this date in 1924.

Lucille Ball appears as a regular cast member Sunday nights on CBS Radio’s The Phil Baker Show, this date in 1938.

Hollywood Citizen News, “RKO-Radio today sent word to Lucille Ball that she will have to cut short her NY vacation and get back here to do the female lead in The Romantic Mr. Hinkle,†published this date in 1940.

Carole Lombard, long-time friend of Lucille Ball; appears with Lucille, archivally, Entertaining the Troops, 1994; as well as with Lucille, via archival footage(s), GAB Entertainment's, You Know The Face, via archival footage, 2009, dies in tragic airplane accident, on this date in 1942.

NY Times, Jack Gould’s TV Column: “CBS & Philip Morris receive letters from viewers taking exception to pregnancy the main point of interest for a comedy series. As handled on the screen, there seem no grounds for objection; but, applause. Ball and Arnaz handled topic of approaching baby with taste and skill and amusing in the process - far from ridiculing motherhood, (‘I Love Lucy’) made it appear the most natural thing in the worldâ€, this date in 1953.

NY Times, “Near Birth of (?) Arnaz Is Engendering Interest of Fans of (‘I Love Lucy’)â€, published this date in 1953.

“(“I Love Lucyâ€) Bon Voyageâ€, first of two episodes involving the passage to Europe, one of the most expensive technical situations, and episodes, in five years of filming - in addition to requiring a “second filming crew,†- was lowering Lucy from a helicopter onto the ship Constitution which had sailed without her, and so authentic were the segments that a British company, after viewing, cabled Desilu asking when the Constitution was arriving in Southhampton; and the Federal Maritime Board officials secured copies of the shows to help promote the Merchant Marine; guest co-starring Jack Albertson, as the helicopter dispatcher, and veteran Lucy supporting cast members, Bennett Green, (Desi Arnaz’ stand-in), Jack Albertson, Kathryn Card, Ken Christy, Frank Gerstle, Tyler McVey, and Elizabeth Patterson, airs this date in 1956.

Post Journal - Jamestown, NY: “Shadow of Things to Come – Jamestown’s Lucille Ball is about to be transferred from a helicopter to the deck of the SS Constitution in one of the scenes from tonight’s (“I Love Lucyâ€) TV Show. The wide-eyed comedienne and husband are scheduled to arrive in Jamestown at noon, Monday, Feb. 6, via the same helicopter ‘method’ for a two-day homecoming program climaxed Tuesday night, Feb. 7, with the world premiere of ‘Forever Darling’,†published this date in 1956.

Post Journal - Jamestown, NY: Gwen Johnson: “Ballroom Fall Zoomed Lucille to Stardom - Lucille Ball Reveals Talent Early – ‘Forever Darling’ Lucille Ball demonstrated early . . . home talent musical show (benefit WCA Hospital) here ‘Grand Mid-Winter Circus 28 years ago, that quick perception of a real comedienne . . . zoomed to stardom, when she fell down on a slippery floor during a three-point dance routine . . . State Armory . . dancing that old favorite ‘Varsity Drag’ from ‘Good News’, Broadway hit in the 20’s. . . suddenly bit the dust . . . non-fazed, the orchestra kept on, as did her partners – quick pirouette . . . lept into comedy entrechais not missing beat; caught up with the routine. The audience, thinking ‘spill’ was part of the show, loved it. ‘That’s our Lucille!’ She may never have achieved the luminous zenith in the satire realm of comedy if she hadn’t tripped dancing for the WCA Hospital in 1928,†published this date in 1956.

Vivian Vance (Lucy’s Ethel Mertz) marries John Dodds, Literary Agent, this date in 1961.

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, Ursula Andress, which airs on this date in 1964.

Lucille Ball appears on Chicago Tribune TV Week cover this week in 1965.

Post Journal - Jamestown, NY: Round About Town: - Noted by Rambling Reporters of The Post-Journal as They Make Their Rounds in This Area – Bigelow’s Loves Lucy – “That was a nice nation-wide plug for Bigelow’s Dept. Store on the Lucille Ball half-hour comedy show last Monday night over WBEN-TV (Ch. 4) Buffalo . . . story called for Jamestown native to get involved with mechanical man . . . display window of a big department store . . . naturally Lucille, who has never forgotten her hometown, decreed that it be called Bigelow’s . . . not the first time she’s had changes made . . . script so home town references can be made – Jamestown High School has been mentioned and the names of many old friends have worked into the dialogue at various times,†published this date in 1965.

Vincent Padula, supporting cast member, (“I Love Lucyâ€), 2 episodes, 1956, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, 1957; as well as Desilu Productions', Glynis, 1963, dies this date in 1967.

The Lucy Show “Lucy, the Babysitter†- Milt Josefsberg, Ray Singer, writers - long-time friend, Mary Wickes, veteran supporting cast member, injured by an elephant, and Elvia Allman, veteran supporting cast member’s final appearance - [candy factory supervisor from (“I Love Lucyâ€) Job Switching], as well as Sid Gould, and Jonathan Hole - Lucy taking another job and ends up babysitting chimps, airing this date in 1967.

Desi Arnaz IV stars, as Cal Markwell, in CBS’ TV Bing Crosby Production's, The Voyage Of The Yes, co-starring Beverly Garland, Skip Homeir, Della Reese and Dick Powell, Jr., airing this date in 1973.

(“Here’s Lucyâ€) “Lucy, the Sheriffâ€, Lucille Ball-directed, using her grandmother's name, Flora Belle Orcutt, as the Sheriff; written by Fred Fox and Seaman Jacobs; guest co-starring Ross Elliott, Florence Halop, as the old woman, and Mary Wickes, among others, airs this date in 1974.

Lucille Ball appears in the All-Star Super Password Special, this date in 1987.

Virginia O’Brien, Lucille Ball early-career co-star, 1943, 1944, and 1946; dies this date in 2001.

The Jamestown (NY) Post-Journal - Patrick L. Fanelli: “Celoron Completes Memorial Desi Arnaz’ Bandshell†– “Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz IV made a sizeable personal donation, along with several local donations and a State Grant, in recent years, and the Village of Celoron has built a bandshell in Desi Arnaz’ honor, which is in place in the former Celoron Park, a favorite ‘haunt’ of Lucille Ball and in which she spent many hours as a child raised in Celoron. The promised completion of this project was expressed to Desi and Lucille’s children in 2001,†article and photo published this date in 2007.

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Well, i dun't looooooooooove Mikey, but, ok never mind . . . what i DO love about your great chronology is that anything one wants to know, the research has been done and all the information is there, no longer having to DIG for that info, like on this particular one, all the years i wanted to know WHERE Desilu Cahuenga was, what it became, i had heard about The Golden Girls being filmed at Ren Mar and Betty White saying on a Hope special that it was the old Desilu studio, you've got it all HERE.

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Well, i dun't looooooooooove Mikey, but, ok never mind . . . what i DO love about your great chronology is that anything one wants to know, the research has been done and all the information is there, no longer having to DIG for that info, like on this particular one, all the years i wanted to know WHERE Desilu Cahuenga was, what it became, i had heard about The Golden Girls being filmed at Ren Mar and Betty White saying on a Hope special that it was the old Desilu studio, you've got it all HERE.

 

 

...except that it's no longer current (correct). It recently got renamed to "Red" Studios (yuk! and I thought RenMar sucked!!). :lucydisgust:

 

http://renmarstudios.com/history

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