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February 8

 

Reuben Hunt, Lucille Ball’s maternal great-grandfather, Fred Hunt’s father, is born this date in 1836.

Burt Mustin, guest co-star Desilu Productions’ Our Miss Brooks, 1952, 1953, 2 episodes,1955; The Texan, 1956, 2 episodes, 1960; Desilu Studios-filmed The Andy Griffith Show, 1960; appears with William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz) My Three Sons, 1962; Desilu Studios-filmed The Dick Van Dyke Show, 1963; Lucille's supporting cast member, The Lucy Show 2 episodes, 1967 and (“Here’s Lucyâ€), 73, as well as Lucille’s film Mame, 1974, is born this date in 1884.

Charles Ruggles, co-star, William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz), 1939, 2 films, 1940; Desilu Studios'-filmed, The Red Skelton Show 2 episodes, 1957, 1958, 1959; guest co-star, Desilu Productions’, Here’s Hollywood, 1961, Ernestine, 1962, Desilu Productions’-Desilu Studios'-filmed, The Comedy Spot, 1962; Desilu Productions', Vacation Playhouse, 1963; appears with Lucille Ball, Hollywood Without Make-Up, both via archival footage, 1963; as well as Desilu Studios'-filmed, My Living Doll, 1964, is born this date in 1886.

Jack Gargan, Lucille Ball early film-career co-star, 1935, 2 films, 1937, 1939; Desi Arnaz' co-star, 1941, 1942; co-star William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz), 1942, 2 films, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1949, 2 films, 1950; as well as co-star, Lucille, 1943, is born this date in 1900.

Lyle Talbot (husband of Mary Jane Croft); co-star, William Frawley, 1948; Desilu Productions’ December Bride, 6 episodes, 1954-1958; Desilu Studios-filmed The Red Skelton Show, 3 episodes, 1957; Desilu Productions' The Ann Sothern Show, 1959; Lucille Ball guest co-star, The Lucy Show, with Vivian Vance (Lucy's Ethel Mertz), 1963; Desilu Productions' Vacation Playhouse, 1964; (“Here’s Lucyâ€) 2 episodes, 1970; as well as, archivally, with Lucille, That's Dancing 1985, is born this date in 1902.

Lana Turner, co-star, fan, and good friend of Lucille Ball, 2 films, uncredited, 1943; appears with Lucille and Desi Arnaz, Ed Sullivan's Toast of the Town, 1954; with Lucille, Bob Hope's Overseas Christmas Tours: Around the World with the Troops - 1941-1972, 1980, Women I Love: Beautiful But Funny, 1982, with Lucille and Desi, Hollywood Out-takes and Rate Footage, 1983; with Lucille, That's Dancing! via archival footages, and with Lucille and Lucie Arnaz, Night of 100 Stars II, 1985; with Lucille, Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood, 1987; with Lucille, via archival footage, Entertaining The Troops, and That's Entertainment! III, 1994; with Lucille and Desi, via archival footages, Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's, 1997; with Lucille, via archival footage, and Lucie Arnaz, Bob Hope at 100, 2003; as well as with Lucille, both via archival footage, Bob Hope: Hollywood's Brightest Star, Video Entertainment, 1996, is born this date in 1921.

Audrey Meadows, Alice on the Honeymooners, with Jackie Gleason and Art Carney; appears with Lucille Ball on Salute to Stan Laurel 1965; Lucille Ball, guest co-star, Life With Lucy, and The 38th Annual Primtime Emmy Awards, 1986, with Lucille, by archival footage, Funny Women of Television, 1991; as well as with Lucille and Desi Arnaz (via archival footages) ABC 2000: The Millennium, 1999, is born this date in 1922.

Alejandro Rey, guest star, Desilu Productions', The Greatest Show on Earth, 1964, as well as Desilu-filmed, Slattery's People, as Mike Valera, unknown episodes, 1965, is born this date in 1930.

Robert Klein, Lucie Arnaz' friend and co-star, They're Playing Our Song, 1979-81, Broadway, Imperial Theatre, NYC; appears with Lucie, The 33rd Annual Tony Awards, 1979, The 35th Annual Tony Awards, 1981; appears with Lucie, Night of 100 Stars, 1982; with Lucille and Lucie, Night of 100 Stars II, 1985; appears with Lucie, The Mark Twain Prize: Neil Simon, 2006; as well as with Lucille, archivally, Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America, “Slip on a Banana Peel: The Knockaboutsâ€, 2009, is born this date in 1942.

[‘Research’ Note: This note appears with several dates of importance in prelude to “I Love Lucy†which made history and will perpetuate.] Hollywood Citizen News, Sheilah Graham: “Lucille Ball is flying to NY on Monday ‘to spend ten beautiful days with Desi,’†published this date in 1949.

Desi Arnaz and the Desi Arnaz Orchestra record the background music for CBS-TV (“I Love Lucyâ€), Episode #23, in which Ricky grows a moustache to impress a talent scout, filmed this date in 1952.

William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz) stars in Rhubarb, a film also co-starring James Griffith, Chuck Hamilton, character actor/stuntman, Gene Lockhart, Ray Milland, Jan Sterling, Willard Waterman; as well as, in uncredited roles, Brooks Benedict, Madge Blake, Tristram Coffin, Paul Douglas, James Flavin, Sandra Gould, Strother Martin, Leonard Nimoy, Frank J. Scannell, among many others, and released this date in 1952.

Desi Arnaz and Orchestra, perform (“I Love Lucyâ€) “Fan Magazine Interview,†an episode filled with contention by actor, Jerry Hausner, who had expected to be a “regular†on the show, but is given only sporatic parts; the poor script saved by performances of veteran Lucy supporting cast members, Elvia Allman, Hazel 'Sunny' Boyne, and Kathryn Card , which episode has Lucy suspecting Ricky is up to no good with a lady, airing this date in 1954.

The Hollywood Reporter: “CBS tried to buy Desilu but Desilu won’t sell,†published this date in 1954.

Jamestown Post Journal, Charles Pokrandt: “First Premiere Here Spectacular – Hugh Throng Greets Stars at ‘Forever Darling’ Unveiling – Jamestown’s favorite daughter – and an ‘adopted son’ – are in NYC today leaving behind them a spectacular two-days, capped last night with the premier showing of their new picture, ‘Forever Darling’. It was Hollywood grandeur, transplanted to Jamestown with the city’s own Lucille Ball and husband, Desi Arnaz, sharing top billing with an excited community, caught up in the magic of a real Hollywood-style opening night. Close to 8,000 jammed the block-long section on Third Street, between Pine and Spring, in front of the brightly-lit Dipson’s Palace Theater (now Reg Lenna Civic Center) to catch a glimpse of the celebrated comedy team of film and TV,†published this date in 1956.

Jamestown Post Journal: “Actress Recalls ‘Turkey’ on Same Stage – Lucille Ball’s appearance at Premiere Thrills Audience – Lucille, telling anecdotes of her childhood experiences on the same stage, promised to bring her children back to her hometown someday,†published this date in 1956.

Lucille Ball appears, as Guest Panelist, CBS' (“I've Got a Secretâ€); Desi Arnaz is the Mystery Guest; Garry Moore, Moderator, Bern Bennett, Announcer, with panelists, Bill Cullen, Jayne Meadows, and Henry Morgan, airing this date in 1956.

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz appear on MGM Parade, George Murphy, host, to plug their current co-starring film, Forever Darling, co-starring, archivally, Nelson Eddy, Jeannette MacDonald, and Lena Horne, airing this date in 1956.

Variety: “Wildcat began an abrupt fortnight’s layoff last Monday to permit star, Lucille Ball, to take a Florida rest on the advice of her doctor. Miss Ball has been suffering from a virus and chronic fatigue,†published this date in 1961.

The Lucy Show “My Fair Lucy†- friends and guest co-star, Ann Sothern, and veteran supporting cast member, Carole Cook, Lucy, hilarious as a scrubwoman, airing this date in 1965.

(“Here’s Lucyâ€) “Lucy and Carol Burnett†A.K.A. “The Hollywood Unemployment Folliesâ€, written by Ray Singer and Al Schwartz; directed by Jack Carter; guest co-starring Jack Benny and Carol Burnett, and veteran supporting cast members, Vanda Barra, Carole Cook (Lucille’s singing “voice†as in several episodes of Lucy shows), Richard Deacon, and Sid Gould and which revolves around a variety show of unemployment office employees and recurring theme of Lucy getting fired, airing this date in 1971.

A Lucille Ball Special, guest co-starring many Lucille ‘regulars’, including Bob Hope, Johnny Carson and Ruta Lee, as well as (“I Love Lucyâ€) veteran supporting cast member, Doris Singleton: “Lucy Moves to NBC†is executive produced by Lucille Ball, Bob O’Brien, writer, a show-within-a-show concept, - a plot explaining why Lucille Ball now works for NBC, after her long-established contract with CBS, airing this date in 1980.

Lucille Ball appears on NBC, The Music Mart, part of a ‘show-within-a-show’, the last half hour of the NBC A Lucille Ball Special “Lucy Moves to NBC,†the actual pilot for a sitcom starring Donald O’Connor and Gloria DeHaven, in which Lucille and Gale Gordon make cameo appearances in the ‘sitcom’, airing this date in 1980.

LA Times, James Brown: “Lucy Moves to NBC,†published this date in 1980.

The Post-Journal – Information Center - In Years Past – 50 Years Ago: “Lucille Ball, Jamestown’s favorite daughter and ‘adopted son’, Desi Arnaz, back in NYC after a spectacular two-days, capped last night with the premiere of Forever Darling – Hollywood grandeur, transplanted to Jamestown – among an excited community, caught up in the magic of a real Hollywood-style opening night. Close to 8,000 jammed the block-long section in front of Dipson’s Palace Theater (now Reg Lenna Civic Center), between Pine and Spring Streets, to catch a glimpse of the celebrated comedy team. Desi, obviously overwhelmed, said ‘I’ve never seen anything like it,’ and Lucille was also visibly touched by her hometown tribute: ‘It’s the greatest thing that’s happened to me in my whole life,’†published this date in 2006.

 

February 9

 

Ronald Colman, Lucille Ball early-film career co-star, 1934; as well as appears with Lucille, archivally, Entertaining the Troops 1994, is born this date in 1891.

Gino Corrado, co-star, Lucille Ball: 2 films (uncredited roles) 1934, 3 films (uncredited roles) 1935, and (uncredited role) 1940; co-star, William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz) (uncredited role) 1941, (uncredited role) 1942, (uncredited role) 1945, 2 films (uncredited roles) 1947, is born this date in 1893.

Brian Donlevy, co-stars with William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz) 1936, 1946; ; appears with Lucille Ball The Big Parade of Comedy, 1964; guest, Desilu Productions' The Texan, 2 episodes, 1959; Desilu Studios-filmed The Red Skelton Show, 1960, as well as guest star, Desilu Studios-filmed, Family Affair, 1967; is born this date in 1901.

Carmen Miranda, close personal friend and neighbor of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz during the early years of their marriage; appears, archivally, with Lucille,Showbiz Goes to War,1982, as well as That's Entertainment! III, both via archival footages, 1994, is born this date in 1909.

Kathryn Grayson, co-star, Lucille Ball, 2 films,1943; with Lucille and William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz) 1945; as well as with Lucille, Gene Kelly: An American in Pasadena 1978, is born this date in 1922.

LA Examiner, Behind the Makeup, Harry Crocker: Merited - “Bob Hope, as emcee for the presentation of the Achievement Awards for 1945, Carthay Circle, is in rare form; Desi Arnaz and Orchestra provide wonderful music after the ceremony to all stars who remained to dance, including Lucille Ball – a great evening of entertainment and appropriate recognition of talent,†published this date in 1946.

(“I Love Lucyâ€) “The Diet†is the initial CBS Television Network rebroadcast (one of several “lost ‘flashback’ scenes†omitted from all subsequent re-runs of these episodes), airing this date in 1953.

Mabel Paige, Lucille Ball co-star, 1947; (“I Love Lucyâ€) 1954; as well as guest, Desilu Productions' Cavalcade of America 1954, dies this date in 1954.

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’ third and final film together, MGM’s Forever Darling, written by Helen Deutsch - Zanra Productions, Desi Arnaz, Producer; as well as several veteran Lucy support staff: Jerry Thorpe, Associate Producer; Alexander Hall, Director; Jack Aldworth, Assistant Director; Ralph Berger, Art Direction; Dann Cahn, Film Editor, with Bud Molin; Irma Kusely, hair stylist; Elois Jensson, Lucille's Gowns - World Premiere of which is released in Jamestown NY, with Lucy supporting cast members, Mabel Albertson, Ruth Brady, as Laura; Jack Chefe, John Emery, Hazel Pierce, uncredited, Lucille's stand-in; and Natalie Schafer; co-starring Louis Calhern, Nancy Kulp, James Mason, and in an uncredited role, Marilyn Maxwell, among others, this date in 1956.

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz appear as Mystery Guests, CBS' (“I've Got a Secretâ€); Garry Moore, Moderator, Bern Bennett, Announcer, with panelists, Bill Cullen, Jayne Meadows, and Henry Morgan, airing this date in 1956.

The Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse Presents the third of thirteen episodes of the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show(s): “Lucy Goes to Alaska,†Bert Granet, Producer, Desi Arnaz, Executive Producer; Jerry Thorpe, Director; Jay Sandrich, Assistant Director; starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley (the Mertzes); guest co-starring Red Skelton, Sid Melton, William Newell (on location at Lake Arrowhead), the highlight, a ten-minute pantomime sketch and saving-grace portion of this episode, the Freddy-The-Freeloader portion between Lucille and Red, and the bedroom-hammock segment, with Lucille, exhibiting her best comedy, with Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf, Writers; Madelyn Davis and Bob Carroll, Jr., Script Consultants; Wilbur Hatch, original music; Eliot Daniel, Composer; Theme Music; Hal King, Makeup Artist and Irma Kusely, Hair Stylist; Edward Stevenson, Miss Ball's Wardrobe, W. Argyle Nelson, Production Supervisor; James A. Paisley, Production Manager (third of eight episodes, 1958-59); Dann Cahn, Editorial Supervisor; with Della Fox, Costumer for twelve episodes; with Charles West, Art Department; and Jerry Rosenthal, Rerecording Editor, airing this date in 1959.

Desilu Studios'-filmed, ABC My Three Sons, “Other Peoples' Housesâ€, William Frawley (Lucy’s Fred Mertz), as Michael Francis 'Bub' O'Casey; co-stars with Fred MacMurray, as Steve Douglas, Tim Considine, as Mike Douglas; Don Grady, as Robbie Douglas, Peter Brooks, as Hank Ferguson; Stanley Livingston, as Chip Douglas; with James A. Paisley, Production Manager/Supervisor, 36 episodes, 1960-61, airs this date in 1961.

Sally Cairns, born in 1920, Lucille Ball co-star, Look Who’s Laughing, 1941; as well as with Desi Arnaz, Father Takes A Wife, 1941, dies this date in 1965.

Sophie Tucker, Lucille Ball long-time friend; appears with Lucille and Desi Arnaz A Star Is Born World Premiere 1954, Toast of the Town 1958; (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 appears with Desi, both archivally, The Nightclub Years 2001, dies this date in 1966.

(“Here’s Lucyâ€) “Lucy and Wally Coxâ€, an excellent episode with Wally Cox, a favorite guest co-star and several other long-time regulars, among whom is Alan Hale, Jr., which has Wally and Lucy guarding a warehouse, with Lucie Arnaz, as Kim Carter, airing this date 1970.

TV Guide, Leslie Radditz’ article: “Vivian Vance (Lucy’s Ethel Mertz) Can Now Laugh Off camera, Too,†this week in 1973.

TV Guide: “An Angry Family Speaks Out†– Full cover of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, published for this week in 1991.

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz appear together on Canadian TV Guide cover: “An Angry Family Speaks Out,†this week in 1991.

Lucie Arnaz is one of the guest stars on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, with Tim Allen and Harry Connick, Jr., on this date in 1993.

 

February 10

 

Olin Howland, co-star, William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz), 1939, 1946; cast member, (“I Love Lucyâ€), 1955, Desilu Studios'-filmed, The Adventures of Jim Bowie, 1958; as well as Desilu Productions’, The Californians, 1959, is born this date in 1886.

Alan Hale, Sr., Lucille Ball co-star, 1934; co-star, William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz), 1934, 1937, 1941, 1942, 1947; with Lucille Hollywood Without Make-Up 1963, and Hollywood Goes to War 1982, is born this date in 1892.

Jimmy Durante, Lucille Ball early-film career co-star, 1935; long-time friend of Desi Arnaz, who, (when Durante was honored by the Hollywood Press Club, hosted the Salute as Emcee; greatly praising his friend;) co-best man at Desi’s second marriage; Durante was a staunch verbal supporter of Lucille during the ‘commie scare’; guest Desilu Productions', The Walter Winchell Show, 1956; appears with Lucille, Toast of the Town, 1961; with Lucille, The Big Parade of Comedy, 1964; Desi Arnaz Productions’, The Mothers-In-Law, 1969; archivally, with Lucille Bob Hope's Overseas Christmas Tours: Around the World with the Troops – 1941-1972, 1980, archivally, with Lucille Showbiz Goes to War, 1982, Lucille and Jimmy, archivally, Legends of Comedy, 1992, both archivally, Entertaining the Troops, and That's Entertainment! III, 1994, both archivally, Judy Garland's Hollywood, 1997; archivally, Bob Hope: Hollywood's Brightest Star, Video Entertainment, 1996; as well as both archivally, with friend, Desi, The Nightclub Years, 2001, is born this date in 1893

Charles Victor, Lucille Ball early film-career co-star, 1942, as well as (“I Love Lucyâ€) 1952, is born this date in 1896.

Lon Chaney, Jr., co-star, William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz), 1935, 1936; guest co-star, Desilu Productions’ Cavalcade of America, 1954, 1955; Desilu Studios-filmed The Red Skelton Show 3 episodes, 1958, 1959; Desilu Productions’ The Texan, 1959; Here’s Hollywood 1962; as well as guest co-star, Desilu Studios-filmed Fractured Flickers 1963, is born this date in 1906.

Robert Wagner, of Hart to Hart fame, appears with Desi Arnaz The Joey Bishop Show 1968; appears with Lucille Ball and Lucie Arnaz, Night of 100 Stars II 1985; with Lucille, Happy 100th Birthday, Hollwood 1987; with Lucille and Desi, (via archival footage) Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's 1997, as well as with Lucille, via archival footage, TV Guide's 40th Anniversary 1998, is born this date in 1930.

William Frawley (Lucy’s Fred Mertz) appears on Broadway's, Longacre Theater, She Lived Next to the Firehouse, as Smokey Flynn, 24 performances through March 1931, beginning this date in 1931.

William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz), appears as Alec Inglis, in Paramount Pictures', Persons in Hiding, based on a book written by J. Edgar Hoover, co-starring Richard Denning, Dennis Morgan, J. Carrol Naish, and Janet Waldo, among many others; Pat O'Malley (uncredited); released on this date in 1939.

William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz) appears in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, as The 'Duke', co-starring Mickey Rooney, and Irving Bacon (uncredited), among many others, released on this date in 1939.

NY Times: Beauty for the Asking with Lucille Ball: “She is one of the more promising young players under contract to RKO; but, will bea long time getting anywhere unless the stories improveâ€, published this date in 1939.

Lucille Ball and co-star, Richard Denning, appear, My Favorite Husband “Mrs. Cooper’s Boyfriend,†– episode #75, with veteran supporting cast members, Frank Nelson, Hans Conried, and Hal March, airing this date in 1950.

Lucille Ball and co-star, Richard Denning, appear, My Favorite Husband “The Misunderstanding of the Black Eye,†– episode #118 - the basis for (“I Love Lucyâ€), “The Black Eye,†and airs this date in 1951.

(“I Love Lucyâ€) “Don Juan Is Shelved,†an episode in which Variety prints a negative ‘Ricky’ article, and Lucy hires someone to impersonate Dory Schary, is filmed this date in 1955.

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz appear as interviewees on ABC’s MGM Parade (MGM’s first television production to promote Forever Darling), airing this date in 1956.

NY Times – “It is a switch to watch Lucille and Desi save their energies for television and toss off a quickie for the film Forever Darling,†published this date in 1956.

The Lucy Show “Ethel Merman and the Boy Scout Showâ€, an excellent segment, seemingly from the (“I Love Lucyâ€) days, actions, assumptions and reactions, Ethel is starring in the Cub Scout revue without Viv and Lucy, with whom she has been staying, airing this date in 1964.

Lucille Ball makes a guest appearance on NBC’s The Dean Martin Show; Lucille planted in the audience as a little old farm lady; later as a chorus girl, airing this date in 1966.

United States Senate - conducting hearings on the Vietnam conflict during which former Ambassador Keenan questioning by Senator Fulbright, President of CBS, Fred Friendly urged to pre-empt morning re-run of (“I Love Lucyâ€) to air the hearings live, as the other stations are doing; his immediate superior would not permit it, this date, 1966.

Desi Arnaz IV stars in ABC’s Hollywood Palace, Season 2, Episode 10, with Billy Hinsche and Dean Paul Martin, as Dino, Desi & Billy, airing this date in 1964.

Lucille Ball appears on The Dean Martin Show, with Bill Cosby, Dick Martin, Dan Rowan, and Kate Smith, airing this date in 1966.

Jan Shepard, co-stars, as Rose, in Desilu Productions' Mannix “Another Final Exit†also starring Mike Connors, Joseph Campanella, Larry Storch, among others, on this date in 1968.

(“Here’s Lucyâ€) “A Date for Lucyâ€, with guest co-star, Cesar Romero, who turns out to be a jewel thief; also appearing, veteran supporting cast member, Mary Jane Croft, in her first (Here’s Lucy) appearance, with Lucie Arnaz, as Kim Carter, and Desi Arnaz, IV, as Craig Carter, airing this date in 1969.

People Review of CBS Radio’s Lucy and Desi: Before the Laughter, “ . . terrible acting; but, takes its place in history alongside the Medal of Freedom and Jim Brochu’s book ‘Lucy in the Afternoon’, a friend’s memoir of Lucille Ball’s later years, making the beginning of the apotheosis, a phenomenon making Lucille unique in the history of American show businessâ€, published this date in 1991.

William and Mary Rapaport become owners of the property now known as Lucy Lane (8th Street, Celoron NY), Lucille Ball's childhood home, on this date in 2005.

The Post-Journal – Information Center - In Years Past – 10 Years Ago: “LucyFest ’96 will be highlighted with the grand opening of the Lucy-Desi Museum, 212 Pine Street, Jamestown, NY. Construction on the Museum will resume soon, with a planned opening date of Saturday, May 25, as part of the Festival that will run from 5-24-26, Memorial Day Weekend. Other parts of the Festival will include Lucy Town Tours, with local historian and storyteller Paul Leone. Officials say the tours are so popular that two additional tours are added to keep up with the demand,†published this date in 2006.

The Post-Journal – Jamestown, NY – by Kristen Johnson – Staff Cut In Half – Lucy-Desi Center Layoffs Leave ‘Skeleton Crew’ in Place – “After a round of layoffs announced to employees on Monday morning, the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center is now operating with ‘a skeleton crew’. Mike LaTone, the President of the Center’s Board of Directors, said the Center ‘has basically laid off half the staff;’ also stating: ‘there is absolutely no plans whatsoever to close any of the Center’s facilities’â€, published this date in 2009.

 

February 11

 

Max Baer, Desi Arnaz’ co-star, 1942; appears Desilu Studios-filmed Make Room for Daddy 1958; appears with Lucille Ball Hollywood Without Make-Up 1963; as well as appears with Lucille and Desi, all via archival footage, Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage 1983, is born this day in 1909.

Eva Gabor, of Green Acres’ fame until 1971; guest Desilu Studios-filmed The Red Skelton Show, 1956; guest, Desilu Productions' The Ann Sothern Show, 1959, 1961; Harrigan and Son, 1960, 1961, guest co-star, Desilu Productions Mickey and the Contessa, 1963; Lucille Ball guest co-star, (“Here's Lucyâ€), 1968, 1972; with Desi Arnaz The Hollywood Squares 1972; with Lucie Arnaz Night of 100 Stars 1982; with Lucille, via archival footage, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1992; as well as with Desi and Lucille, via archival footage TV Land Moguls: The 50’s 2004, is born this day in 1919.

Leslie Nielsen, guest star, Desilu Productions; The Untouchables, 1960; as well as appears with Lucille Ball, archivally, Bob Monkhouse's Comedy Heroes, 2004, is born this date in 1926.

Burt Reynolds, appears with Lucille Ball, The Carol Burnett Show 1967; with Desi Arnaz, The Hollywood Squares 1972; with Lucille, High Hopes: The Capra Years 1981, All-Star Party for Carol Burnett 1982, All-Star Party for Lucille Ball, with Lucie and Desi Arnaz IV, 1984; with Lucuile, A Beverly Hills Christmas and Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood 1987; as well as with Lucille, archivally, The Carol Burnett Show: A reunion 1993, is born this date in 1936.

LA Daily News: “Lucille Ball, when asked what she was doing these days: ‘I’m in between pictures and knocking myself out relaxing,’†published this date in 1938.

Lucille Ball appears with George Murphy, CBS Radio’s The Old Gold Comedy Theater, Harold Lloyd, Host, “A Girl, A Guy and A Gobâ€, airing this date in 1945.

Desi Arnaz and Orchestra are hired for Bob Hope’s Radio Show, where Desi, as Musical Director, supplies music, bridges or backgrounds, sings; provides accompaniment for guest stars in Hollywood, and appears on NBC’s The Pepsodent Show this date in 1947.

Gale Gordon makes his first appearance on Lucille Ball and co-star, Richard Denning, CBS Radio, 30-minute Situation Comedy, My Favorite Husband, “Valentine’s Day†– episode #31, with veteran supporting cast members Ruth Parrott, as Katy, the Maid, and Hans Conried - the basis for (“I Love Lucyâ€) *15, “Lucy Plays Cupid,†airs 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€) “Breaking The Lease,†in which Lucille’s friend and veteran supporting cast member, Barbara Pepper, makes her first of many appearances, with veteran Lucy supporting cast member, Bennett Green, Desi’s stand-in and Lucille's stand-in, Hazel Pierce - the first segment pitting the Ricardos against the Mertzes, airing this date in 1952.

Desi Arnaz and Orchestra record the background music for CBS-TV (“I Love Lucyâ€), Episode #88, in which Ricky and the band are scheduled to play in Hawaii, is filmed this date in 1954.

Desilu proved to be a four-time winner of the 1953-54 season. Lucille Ball is nominated for an Emmy - Best Female Star of Regular Series - (“I Love Lucyâ€) at the 6th Annual Emmys; Vivian Vance wins an Emmy for her portrayal of Ethel Mertz, and after thanking her writers for creating Ethel, said: ‘and thanks to the greatest straight woman in show business, Lucille Ball’; (“I Love Lucyâ€) wins for Best Situation Comedy - 2nd Emmy in a row, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz accepting, Lucille: ‘it wouldn’t be right to call our writers up here and give it to them, would it? But I wish we could . . . we’re awful proud to be a part of this industry, really we are. We’re trying real hard and we’re going to keep it up,’ and Desi: ‘I hope that next year the Academy does not forget the writers,’ 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.

(“I Love Lucyâ€) “Lucy Misses The Mertzes†- the Ricardos in Westport and the Mertzes back in NY, prompting the Mertzes to follow, with Keith Thibodeaux, Little Ricky, Tristan Coffin, airing this date 1957.

Desilu Studios'-filmed, The Jack Benny Program, “Ghost Town Western Sketchâ€, starring Jack Benny and Gisele MacKenzie, as well as Lucy regulars, James Flavin, Gerald Mohr, Benny Rubin (uncredited), Will Wright, and Maury Thompson, Assistant Dirrector; with W. Argyle Nelson, Production Supervisor, and James A. Paisley, Production Manager - Jack and Gisele return from Phoenix and get lost; stumbling into a Western ghost town cafe asking for directions; airing this date in 1962.

The Lucy Show “Lucy and Viv Become Tycoons†- an extra segment of this show is shot for the BBC, Lucy, Viv and Eddie, with cast regular, Ralph Hart, as Sherman Bagley, go into the candy caramel corn busines and the authorities are after them, airing this date in 1963.

Desilu Productions', The Greatest Show on Earth “A Place to Belongâ€, starring Jack Palance, as Johnny Slate, co-starring Louis Jordan, among others, airs this date in 1964.

Desi Arnaz Productions', Desi executive producer, The Mothers-in-Law, “Herb's Little Helperâ€; co-stars, Jerome Cowan, as Walter Hedges, and Herb Vigran, as Judge, among others, with regular cast members, airs this date in 1968.

(“Here’s Lucyâ€) “Milton Berle Is the Life of the Partyâ€, guest co-starring Elliott Reid, as the Telethon Emcee – Milton, guest co-star offers himself up to charity television and Lucy wins him for $7.50; with Lucy veteran supporting cast member, Vanda Barra - one of the best Lucy episodes, airing this date in 1974.

Lee J. Cobb in Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, 1959, dies this date in 1976.

Lucille Ball appears in People Magazine: “Lucy: Still Lovable and Loudmouthed,†published this date in 1980.

People: “Ask Her Anything About Desi, Sr., Divorce, Drugs, Gay Rights – Lucille Ball Hasn’t Become Bashful,†published this date in 1980.

George O'Hanlon, guest cast member, (“I Love Lucyâ€) “Lucy and Superman†1957; guest, Desilu Productions' The Ann Sothern Show “The Big Gamble†1958; guest Desilu Studios-filmed The Red Skelton Hour “Episode 7.27†1958; guest Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse “Martin's Folly†1959; guest Desilu Studios-filmed The Red Skelton Hour “Clem the Private Eye or 77 Moonset Strip†1960; guest, Desilu Productions' The Ann Sothern Show, “Secret Admirer†1960, and “The Invitation†1961; dies this date in 1989.

Don Porter, Desi Arnaz’ co-star, 1946; Ann Sothern’s co-star Private Secretary; co-star, Desilu Productions', The Ann Sothern Show (1953-61); friend and Lucille Ball’s co-star, Mame, 1974; Lucille co-star, Happy Anniversary and Goodbye, 1974, as Ed 'Mad Dog' Murphy, as well as, guest co-star, (“Here’s Lucyâ€), 1974; dies this date in 1997.

Jonothan Hole appears in Desilu Productions' Yancy Derringer 1958; Desilu Studios-filmed The Living Doll 1964, The Real McCoys, 2 episodes, 1962, 1963, as well as cast member, The Lucy Show 1966 and 1967, dies this date in 1998.

The Lucy-Desi Center welcomes the “Unexpected Guests,†with founding members Len Barry and Jane Fischer, to the Tropicana Nightclub on a regular basis, the second Saturday of each month, 7:30 p.m. PG-rated show and a 10:00 p.m. R-rated show, Jamestown’s improv comedy troupe, formerly with the Bunbury Theater of Jamestown, commencing this date in 2006.

The Latest of Everything Lucy Website - “('I Love Lucy') – The Movie - ('I Love Lucy') – The Movie & Other Great Rarities – The finalized packaging for upcoming release of The Movie, to be released April 27, has occurred. In 1953, three classic first season ('I Love Lucy') episodes, 'The Benefit', 'Breaking the Lease', and 'The Ballet' were edited together with newly-filmed connecting scenes to create this never-before-released feature-length film. A 'test' screening took place, attended by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, who had just signed a deal with MGM for filin The Long, Long Trailer and MGM, fearing competition, forced shelving of the product, which was placed in a mislabeled can; lost for nearly half a century; until discovered by Dann Cahn in 2001," posted this date in 2010.

 

February 12

 

Joseph Kearns, supporting cast member (“I Love Lucyâ€), 1952, 1957; Desilu Production’s, Willy 1 episode, 1955; Our Miss Brooks, 8 episodes between 1953-1955, Our Miss Brooks, 1 episode 1956; Shower of Stars, 1958; December Bride, also starring in one episodes, with Desi Arnaz; 2 episodes, 1956, 1957; Desilu Production’s The Ann Sothern Show, 1959 and Angel, 1960; later, Mr. Wilson of Dennis The Menace series, 85 episodes 1959-1962, is born this date in 1907.

Ernest Sarracino, guest, Desilu Studios'-filmed, The Adventures of Jim Bowie, 1957; Desilu Productions', The Ann Sothern Show, 1958, The Untouchables, 1959, 1960; Desilu Studios'-filmed, New Comedy Showcase, 1960, Hogan's Heroes, 1966; as well as Lucille Ball guest co-star, (“Here's Lucyâ€), 1974, dies this date in 1998.

Lorne Greene, of Bonanza 430-episode, 14-season fame, appears in Desilu Productions’ Here’s Hollywood 1961; appears with Lucille Ball in Swing Out, Sweet Land, with many other stars, 1970; is born this date in 1915.

LA Evening Herald Express, Jimmy Starr: “Lucille Ball is getting all the RAVE notices in Bartlett Cormack’s play, Hi, (sic) Diddle Diddle,†published this date in 1937.

Hey Diddle Diddle, beset by problems between the playwright, Anne Nichols, (who said if she were to revive it, the only original she would ask to return is Lucille Ball) and the male star, is closed by the producer, this date in 1937.

Photoplay, Helen Gilmore: Lucille Ball, subject of an article - “Stop Crying!†noting her appearance in Passage to Bordeaux, (which film never actually happened), the woman who has caused such a buzz in the RKO Commissary with the tossed salad of golden hair,†an article telling of humble beginnings somewhat accurately, “now has had so much workâ€, she says they are now giving her a vacation: ‘they’re letting me sit down between scenes’; giving credit for much of her success, not to the usual ‘powerful men of studios;’ but, Ginger Rogers and her mother, Lela Rogers; Claudette Colbert, and Carole Lombard,’†published this date in 1942.

LA Evening Herald Express, Jimmy Starr: “Desi Arnaz signed a ten-year recording deal with Victor,†published this date in 1946.

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz appear on Waterloo Daily Courier Family Weekly cover this date in 1956.

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz appear on CBS’ (“What’s My Line?â€), airing this date in 1956.

Desilu Productions’, This is Alice (released in 1958),“Dandy Donovan†the only ‘dated’ episode of this series to be documented, starring Phyllis Coates, Tommy Farrell, Patty Ann Gerrity, airs on this date in 1959.

Lucille Ball makes a singing guest appearance, on Ed Sullivan’s Toast of the Town, among many stars: Paul Anka, Jack Carter, Jimmy Durante, Henry Fonda, Dick Martin, Carl Reiner, Dan Rowan, Paula Stewart, on this date in 1961.

Henry Kulky, uncredited co-star, William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz),1950; guest, Desilu Studios-filmed The Adventures of Jim Bowie 1957, The Red Skelton Show 1956, 1958, 1959; Desilu Productions', The Texan 1959; as well as Lucille Ball's guest, The Lucy Show 1963; dies this date in 1965.

Lucille Ball is nominated for a Golden Globe Award for CBS (The Lucy Show) - Best TV Star-Female - this date in 1968.

(“Here’s Lucyâ€) “Lucy and Uncle Harry’s Pot†Bob O’Brien, writer - with guest co-star, Roger Twedt, (one of the Headliners sharing memories of Lucille Ball during her Birthday Bash in August 2005), in which segment, Lucy breaks a sentimental-value vase, and takes a course in ceramics to make another to replace it, airing this date in 1973.

Sal Mineo, guest co-star, Desilu Productions', The Greatest Show on Earth, 1963, dies this date in 1976.

Channels (NY), William A. Henry, III: “Private Eye: How ABC’s Dropped the Ball,†published in 1987.

People: “The Greatest Love Stories of the Century,†published this date in 1993.

The Latest of Everything Lucy Website -Lucy-Desi Center Layoffs Leave Only Skeleton Crew - The Lucy-Desi Center of Jamestown, NY, cut staff in half on Monday morning and leaves only a "Skeleton Crew" in place. Mike Latone, President, Board of Directors, said the Center: "…has basically laid off half the staff." Latone said the board has "absolutely no plans whatsoever to close any of the center's facilitiesâ€. atone said, "... it had to be done. To be honest, this probably should have been done in November." Latone declined to say exactly how many employees were affected by the layoffs and how many remain employed by the center. “Sales through the Center's mail-order gift shop, are a third of what they have been. In January, it cost us five times more than we generated in revenue to keep the museums open. We really consider this a little hiccup," he said. "We will pull back a little, take a look at things, and decide how best to move forward." The gift shop and mail order business will operate Monday through Friday from 10 to 5. Pat Smith, interim executive director, left her post at the end of January, a contract set to expire at the end of February, and Smith was asked to resign early. Lee Harkness, Director, Downtown Jamestown Development Corporation, of the Center's board of directors, said there is currently no executive director in place. "We've gotten probably 100 applicants, and I have to say I'm pleased with the caliber of the applicants, which are coming from all over the US, and we have some promising leads," posted this date in 2009.

The Latest of Everything Lucy Website: Hallmark Adds Another (“I Love Lucyâ€) Marathon – As Hallmark aired an (“I Love Lucyâ€) marathon, we are surprised and elated it is adding another! Presidents' Day, February 15th, Hallmark will air more... Apparently, the earlier marathon did well in the ratings. Will Hallmark add the series back once again to its regular schedule?" posted this date in 2010.

The Latest From Everything Lucy: 'claude, Lucy Fan for 55+ years' “Today, my MSN computer News Page, headlined: 'Contentious Couples in History', with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, at #8â€, posted this date in 2010.

 

February 13

 

James Griffith, with Vivian Vance (Lucy's Ethel Mertz), 1951; with William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz), 1952; Desilu Studios-filmed The Adventures of Jim Bowie, 1957; Desilu Productions' Sheriff of Cochise, 1957, Official Detective, 2 episodes, 1958, The Walter Winchell File, 1959; The Texan, 1959, U.S. Marshal, 17 episodes, 1959-60; Desilu Studios-filmed The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, 1961; Desilu Productions' The Untouchables, 1963, Slattery's People, 1964; as well as Mission: Impossible, 1967, is born this date in 1916.

Tennessee Ernie Ford, Lucille Ball friend and (“I Love Lucyâ€) guest co-star, 2 episodes, 1954; 1955, (launching bit part player, Aaron Spelling’s amazing career; ultimately, producing Lucille’s final series Life With Lucy, using a fourth camera technique) – Ernie’s - the most popular installments of the 1953-4 season; episodes which launch Ernie into actual national stardom, and a more-regular use of ‘guest stars’ on (“I Love Lucyâ€), inspiration for the entire ‘California’ series of the following season; The Lucy Show, 1967; co-starring with Lucie and Desi Arnaz IV, (“Here's Lucyâ€), 1969; with Lucille, Desi, Vivian Vance and William Frawley (The Mertzes), all via archival footage, as well as Lucie and Desi Arnaz IV, among others, (“I Love Lucyâ€) 50th Anniversary Special, 2001, is born this date in 1919.

Susan Oliver, guest star, Desilu Studios-filmed The Barbara Stanwyck Show, 1960; guest star Desilu Productions’ The Untouchables, 1961, Star Trek, 2 episodes, 1966; as well as You Don't Say, 1968, is born this date in 1932.

LA Evening Herald Express By The Rialtan - Chatterbox: “Lucille Ball is in the cast of one of the best programs shown at the Orpheum in some time,†published this date in 1936.

Lucille Ball received her first public live audience adulation (cinching her success in radio and later television) in Producer-Director, Anne Nichols’ stage play, Hey, Diddle Diddle, which closed in Washington, D.C., this date in 1937.

Hollywood Citizen News, Lloyd Sloan: “Desi Arnaz will take his band to Warners for a short,†published this date in 1946.

NY Times, Jack Gould: “(‘I Love Lucy’) is probably the most misleading title imaginable. For once, all available statistics are in agreement: Millions love Lucy,†this date in 1952.

(“I Love Lucyâ€) “Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined,†which episode is a re-run with extra reminiscent footage, Desilu Productions', Shower of Stars, “Jack Benny Celebrates His 40th Birthdayâ€, co-starring Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Mel Blanc, Sue Casey, Bob Crosby, Dennis Day, Andy DeVine, Paul Douglas, Phil Harris, Van Johnson, Joseph Kearns, Mary Livingstone, Frank Nelson, Jo Stafford, and Don Wilson, among others, airing this date in 1958.

The Lucy Show “Lucy Meets The Lawâ€, Alan J. Levitt, writer, Claude Akins, guest co-star- Lucy in jail, a soon-to-be recurring theme, airs this date in 1967.

Lily Pons, Lucille Ball friend, mentor and early film-career co-star, 1935, 1936, dies this date in 1976.

Desi Arnaz IV stars in CBS Entertainment Productions’ Crisis In Mid-Air, as Tim Donovan, co-starring Fabian, Martin Milner, and Don Murray, as well as George Peppard and many others, airing this date in 1979.

David Janssen, Harry O, O’Hara, U.S. Treasury, Richard Diamond, and The Fugitive; guest star, Desilu Productions’ Sheriff of Cochise, 1956, U.S. Marshal, one episode, unknown year; and Here’s Hollywood, 1961; co-star, as Ross Ingraham, Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, 1958; as well as, Kraft Mystery Theater, “Two Counts of Murder†1962, dies this date in 1980.

Channels (NY) – William A. Henry III – “Private Eye: How ABC Dropped the Ball†– article published in 1987.

Martin Balsam, guest co-star, Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse,1958 and 1959, as well as The Untouchables 1961, 1962, dies this date in 1996.

Eve Whitney, Lucille Ball co-star, 1943; 1944; with William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz) and Lucille, 1946; with Frawley, 1948; as well as cast member (“I Love Lucyâ€) 1954; dies this date in 2002.

 

February 14

 

Jack Benny, Lucille Ball’s friend, neighbor, and many-time guest co-star, radio, movie, television comedian, The Jack Benny Show, with wife, Mary Livingstone; Desilu Studios' filmed, several episodes, The Jack Benny Show, during the 1953-54 season; appears with Lucille and Desi Arnaz, 1943; appears with Lucille, Desi, Vivian Vance, William Frawley (The Mertzes), 1952; appears with Lucille and Desi, Toast of the Town, 1958; guest co-star, Desilu Studios'-filmed, Make Room For Danny, 3 episodes 1957-60; guest, Desilu Productions', Shower of Stars, 1954-58, as himself, 3 episodes, 1955-56; 10 episodes, 1955-58, appears with Lucille, Toast of the Town, 1962; appears with Lucille, Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theater 1963; with Lucille, CBS: The Stars' Address, 1963; Lucille, guest star, The Jack Benny Show, 1964; Lucille's guest co-star, The Lucy Show, 1964, 1966, 1967; Lucille co-star, 3 films, 1967; Lucille, guest star, Jack Benny’s Birthday Special, 1969, appears with Lucille, Jack Benny’s Twentieth Anniversary Special, 1970, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Jack Benny But Were Afraid to Ask, 1971; Lucille guest (“Here’s Lucyâ€), 1968, appears with Lucille, Swing Out, Sweet Land, 1970; guest star, (“Here’s Lucyâ€), 1970, 2 episodes, 1971; guest, Desilu Productions’, ABC’s Wide World of Entertainment, 1973; The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Lucille Ball, 1975; with Lucille, CBS Salutes Lucy: The First 25 Years, 1976; with Lucille, Bob Hope's Overseas Christmas Tours: Around the World with the Troops – 1941-1972, 1980; with Lucille, Showbiz Goes to War, 1982; with Lucille, Unrehearsed Antics of the Stars, and TV's Funniest Game Show Moments, 1984; with Lucille, Legends of Comedy, and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, 1992; with Lucille, archivally, Bob Hope’s Bag Full of Christmas Memories, 1993; appears with Lucille, archivally, That's Entertainment! III, and Entertaining the Troops, 1994; with the Arnazes, archivally, Bob Hope: Hollywood's Brightest Star, Video Entertainment, 1996; with Lucille, archivally, The Best of the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts, 1998, Bob Hope at 100, 2003; as well as Cavett Remembers the Comic Legends, 2006, both via archival footage, is born this date in 1894.

Johnny Longden, jockey, friend of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, winner of Triple Crown, 1943, riding Count Fleet, and guest co-star, (“I Love Lucyâ€), 1957, as himself, a man who Desi Arnaz, in 1955, tried to option a film of Longdon's life story, a film never made, is born this date in 1907.

Tyler McVey, guest cast member, (“I Love Lucyâ€), 1954, 2 episodes, 1956; Desilu Productions' Cavalcade of America, 1956; (“I Love Lucyâ€), 1957; guest, Desilu Productions' December Bride, 1957; Whirlybirds, 1957; and The Untouchables, 1959; co-star, with William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz), as well as Desilu Studios-filmed My Living Doll 1964, is born this date in 1912.

Florence Henderson, appears with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz Toast of the Town, 1955; with Desi Arnaz IV, The Dean Martin Show, 1968; with Desi IV, The Brady Bunch “The Possible Dreamâ€, 1970; with Lucie and Desi IV, Entertainment Tonight, 1981; with Lucille Women I Love: Beautiful But Funny, and with Lucie Night of 100 Stars, 1982; with Lucie and Lucille, Night of 100 Stars II, 1985; with Lucille, Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood, 1987; with Lucille (via archival footage) and Lucie Arnaz Bob Hope: The First 90 Years, 1993; with Lucille (via archival footage), Inside TV Land Style and Fashion, 2003; appears with Lucille, #3, archivally, 200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons, 2003; as well as with Lucille, via archival footage, Lucie, and Desi IV, The 5th Annual TV Land Awards, 2007, is born this date in 1934.

Lucille Ball appears, uncredited, in RKO Radio film Muss’Em Up, co-starring Preston Foster, Mollie Lamont, Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom, and Ward Bond; among others, released this date in 1936.

LA Evening Herald Express, Harrison Carroll: “Desi Arnaz takes his band on the road, look for Lucille Ball to go with him as a vocalist. She’ll have to come back, of course, when MGM wants her; but, there’s no picture lined up at the moment. She’s just finished the added scenes for Time For Two,†published this date in 1946.

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz co-host the ABC telecast of the Fourth Annual Emmy Awards ceremony at the Coconut Grove, this date in 1952.

Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz and the entire cast of MGM alumni appear in CBS’ Television, Ed Sullivan's The Toast of the Town, “The MGM Story†(a salute to MGM’s 30th Anniversary), Lucille and Desi plugging their new movie The Long, Long Trailer; also guesting: Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, and Jane Powell, airing this date in 1954.

Love, Lucy, by Lucille Ball: “Desi and I decided to take a break in the middle of our third season and fly to NY for a few days’ rest and to promote The Long, Long Trailer having its premiere there. We went to 7th Avenue, where (“I Love Lucyâ€) dresses are manufactured; made an appearance at Radio City Music Hall, the first time that theater had allowed the promotion of a movie; chatted with Milton Berle after the movie; attended the stage play Kind Sir, with Mary Martin and Charles Boyer; saw Teahouse of the August Moon; met June Havoc and her husband for a dinner-in-our-suite and theater evening; enjoying thoroughly our break from work,†in 1954.

(“I Love Lucyâ€) “Don Juan and the Starlets†- one of the California segments, Ricky portrayed as a Latin Lover, with usual Lucy reaction(s), co-starring Ross Elliott and Iva Shepart, airing this date in 1955.

Desi Arnaz and the Desi Arnaz Orchestra record the background music for CBS-TV(“I Love Lucyâ€), Episode #173, in which Ricardos and Mertzes trade baby chicks for adult chickens, is filmed this date in 1957.

The Lucy Show “Lucy Dates Dean Martin†- Bob O’Brien, writer - long-time friend and many-time guest co-star, Dean Martin’s stunt double is hired by veteran supporting cast member, Mary Jane Croft, to take Lucy to a Hollywood charity ball and auction, airing this date in 1966.

(“Here’s Lucyâ€) “With Viv as a Friend, Who Needs an Enemy?â€, written by Madelyn David and Bob Carroll, Jr.; guest co-starring Vivian Vance (Lucy's Ethel Mertz), who moves in with Lucy - recurring theme of Lucy getting fired; Vivian’s last Lucy Show, since ill health forces her from the business, co-starring veteran supporting cast member, Vanna Barra, Mary Jane Croft, and Sid Gould, and airing this date in 1972.

Desi Arnaz appears, as Dr. Juan Domingo, in an episode of Raymond Burr’s Ironside, “Riddle at 24,000â€, co-starring Don Galloway and Ralph Meeker, this date in 1974.

Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie, the Prime Time Emmy-Award-winning NBC Documentary; written by Laurence Luckinbill and Lonny Reed; produced and directed by Lucie Arnaz and Luckinbill; music by Desi Arnaz and his Orchestra; and hosted by Lucie; with arhival footage of Desi Arnaz IV, in tribute to their parents, using interviews weaving clips of home movies, in a heart-warming program; later to be released on home video, with added footage and featuring certain outtakes, airing this date in 1993.

TV Guide’s most romantic couples are saluted, with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, as #3, this date in 1999.

Johhny Longden, jockey, friend, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, winner of Triple Crown, 1943, as well as guest co-star, (“I Love Lucyâ€) 1957, dies this date in 2003.

Eloise Jenssen, Lucille Ball’s long-time costume designer, Lucille film, 1947; joined (“I Love Lucyâ€) in 1953; Costume Designer, 1953-54; Wardrobe Supervisor, 1953-55; Lucille's wardrobe, 1953-1955, 1954-1955; costumes and wardrobe supervision for Forever Darling; 1956; as well as Desilu Studios-filmed My Living Doll 1964, dies this date in 2004.

The Post-Journal: Readers’ Forum – ‘In Years Past’ Brought Back Fond Memories’ – “To the Readers’ Forum: Six years ago, I retired and moved to Maryland; but, continue to get the Post-Journal – the January 26 edition (50 Years Ago) about Lucille and Desi’s world premiere and homecoming in 1956, brought back fond memories and a few chuckles. [‘Research’ Note: This could have been written by your researcher; but, I was only 14 – detention for those from our class with similar actions – Southwestern – for a couple of days; but well worth It, since I am a Celoron native.] I was a senior at Chautauqua Central School and we, as a class, skipped to attend downtown festivities. The next day, as President of the Class, I was called to Principal’s Office to find out what our punishment would be – a week of detention; but, our Senior Skip Day was worth it, A. C. Preston, Class of 1956 – Chautauqua Central Schoolâ€, published this date in 2006.

Lucie Arnaz Website: Lucie Arnaz will appear in concert in Omaha, Nebraska, on this date in 2009.

 

February 15

 

John Barrymore, appears, via archival footage(s): Desilu Productions', Fractured Flickers, 1963; with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, via archival footage, Judy Garland's Hollywood 1997; as well as with Lucille, via archival footage(s), You Know the Face 2009, is born this date in 1882.

Cesar Romero, co-star, with William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz), 1935; Lucille Ball early film-career friend; appears with the Arnazes, Meet the Stars #6: Stars at Play 1941; with the Arnazes, A Star Is Born World Premiere 1954; guest star, The Red Skelton Show, 1956, 1957, guest co-star, with the Arnazes, as well as Vivian Vance and William Frawley (The Mertzes) The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Comedy Hour, 1957; guest star, Desilu Studios-filmed The Red Skelton Show, 1959, 1960; guest, Desilu Productions’, The Texan, 1959 and The Ann Sothern Show, 1960; guest co-star, Desilu Studios-filmed, The Betty Hutton Show, 1960 and Fractured Flickers, 1963; appears with Lucille, Salute to Stan Laurel 1965; Lucille guest co-star (“Here’s Lucyâ€), 1969; as well as with Lucille, Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood 1987, is born this date in 1907.

Kevin McCarthy, guest co-star, Desilu Studios-filmed Cavalcade of America, as Frank O'Keefe, 1957; as well as Desilu Productions' The Guns of Will Sonnett, as Sheriff Tom Mills, 1968, is born this date in 1914.

Mary Jane Croft, Lucille Ball’s friend and guest co-star in various Lucy series, guest co-star, 3 episodes, Desilu Productions’ Our Miss Brooks, 1953-55; co-stars, with Desi Arnaz; Desilu Productions’ Our Miss Brooks, 1955; and supporting cast member, 7 episodes, (“I Love Lucyâ€) 1954-1957: 1954; 1956; 5 episodes, 1957; guest co-star, Desilu Studios-filmed The Eve Arden Show, 1957; Lucille's guest co-star, in the 'sidekick' role, The Lucy Show, (26 episodes, 1962-68); with Vivian Vance (Lucy's Ethel Mertz), 1962; with Vivian and Desi IV, 1963; several times again during the period 1962-64; with Vivian, additional 6 episodes between 1962-1964; with Lucie Arnaz, 1966; stars, (her husband, Elliott Lewis, Produces) in an unsold Desilu Productions' Vacation Playhouse - filmed pilot proposed for CBS about the adventures of a boy and his widowed mother, “The Two of Usâ€, 1966; (“Here’s Lucyâ€), Mary Jane Lewis, from 1965-74, with Lucie and Desi Arnaz IV, 1969, with Vivian, Lucie and Desi Arnaz IV, 3 episodes, 1970, with Lucie and Desi Arnaz IV, 1971, with Lucie and Vivian, 1972; 1973, appears, as Midge Bowser, with Vivian in Lucy Calls the President 1977; was half a family affair, as husband, Elliot Lewis, was executive producer, The Lucy Show as well as producer, writer & director of Desi Arnaz Productions', The Mothers-in-Law 1967-69, in which Mary Jane co-starred with Desi, 1969, is born this day in 1916.

Harvey Korman, of Carol Burnett Show fame; with Lucille Ball in three episodes of The Carol Burnett Show; Desilu Productions’ The Untouchables, 1962; Glynis, 1963; Lucille Ball guest co-star, The Lucy Show, with Vivian Vance (Lucy's Ethel Mertz), 1964, with Vivian Vance (Lucy's Ethel Mertz), with Lucie and Desi Arnaz IV, 1965; co-guest Salute to Stan Laurel 1965; appears with Desi Arnaz The Hollywood Squares 1972; with Lucille, via archival footage, The Carol Burnett Show: A Reunion 1993; and with Lucie Arnaz, among others - CBS at 75, 2003, is born this date in 1927.

Lucille Ball views her name on the screen for the first time, uncredited, as The Nurse, in Carnival, her last film for Columbia, co-starring, Jimmy Durante, as Fingers, and Lee Tracy, as Chick Thompson, among many others, film released this date in 1935.

Film Daily, Carnival: “Good popular entertainment chiefly through excellent cast . . . Lucille Ball . . . and certain amount of story action,†published this date in 1935.

LA Evening Herald Express, Previews by Jimmy Starr: - RKO Radio Pictures - Follow the Fleet “Lucille Ball is in the cast; but, watch out for Harriett Hilliard (soon to become Mrs. Ozzie Nelson) who steals the show,†published this date in 1936.

LA Evening Herald Examiner, Harrison Carroll: “Lucille Ball has a chance to do a picture for British International, but RKO will keep her here for another film,†published this date in 1938.

Sherry Jackson, co-star, Desilu Studios-filmed Make Room for Daddy, 106 episodes, 1953-61; Desilu Productions' Shower of Stars, 1954; Desilu Studios-filmed Make Room for Daddy, 1955; Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, 1958; Vacation Playhouse, 1963, Desilu Studios-filmed Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. 1965, My Three Sons, 1966, as well as Desilu Productions' Star Trek, 1966, is born this date in 1942.

LA Examiner, Louella O. Parsons: “30 Fashion Editors were invited to Edith Head’s party, to preview Lady in the Dark, only to discover that the trimmings had been delivered in error to Lucille Ball’s apartment several floors below,†published this date in 1944.

Desi Arnaz and the Desi Arnaz Orchestra, record for RCA Victor, in Hollywood, California,

“Without You†“Cuban Peteâ€, “Without You†and “Siboneyâ€, this date in 1946.

Rusty Hamer, guest appears, Desilu Productions' Shower of Stars, 1954; co-star, Make Room for Daddy, 1955; Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, 1958; co-star, Desilu Studios-filmed Make Room for Daddy, 103 episodes, 1953-64, as well as 'semi-regular', 3 episodes, as Rusty Williams, Desilu Studios-filmed The Joey Bishop Show, 1965, is born this date in 1947.

[‘Research’ Note: This note appears with several dates of importance in prelude to “I Love Lucy†which made history and will perpetuate.] The Hollywood Reporter: “CBS plans to prepare ‘a raft of both live and filmed TV shows to originate here next season. The first to audition, on closed-circuit kine February 23, will be a Lucile Ball-Desi Arnaz starrer,’†published this date in 1951.

(“I Love Lucyâ€) “The Gossip,†an episode where Ricky and Fred scheme to make the wives stop gossiping, is filmed this date in 1952.

(“I Love Lucyâ€) “Oil Wells†- Texans move in, claim to be oil tycoons, and sell the Mertzes and Ricardos stock, co-starring Sandra Gould, airs this date in 1954.

Desilu Studios'-filmed, Make Room for Daddy “Danny Meets Andy Griffithâ€, starring Danny Thomas, Marjorie Lord, Rusty Hamer, Angela Cartwright, co-starring Frances Bavier, Andy Griffith and Ron Howard; as well as Will Wright, among others; Sheldon Leonard, Director, Jay Sandrich, Assistant Director, W. Argyle Nelson Production Supervisor, and James A. Paisley, Production Manager, airs this date in 1960.

Lucille Ball makes a guest appearance on NBC's, The Bob Hope Buick Sports Awards Show, with sports editors of 1960 honorees in several categories, airing this date in 1961.

Lucille Ball makes a Celebrity guest appearance, CBS' (“I've Got a Secretâ€); Garry Moore, Moderator, John Cannon, Announcer, with panelists, Johnny Carson, Henry Morgan, Bess Myerson, and Betsy Palmer, airing this date in 1956.

The Lucy Show “Lucy and the Countess Lose Weight†- Lucy and guest co-star, Ann Sothern, as Rosie Harrigan/Countes Framboise, joining a fat farm owned by Mooney, airing this date in 1965.

Nat 'King' Cole, guest vocalist, Desilu Productions' Cavalcade of Stars 1952; appears with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz Toast of the Town 1954; guest, Desilu Productions' The Walter Winchell Show 1956; as well as with Lucille, both via arvhival footage, TV in Black: 'The First Fifty Years 2004, dies this date in 1965.

Announcement that Desilu Studios, with Lucille Ball’s 60% controlling interest in Desilu stock, is sold to Gulf & Western Industries, Inc., for $17 million, in a stock-exchange deal, is made this date in 1967.

The NY Times: “Mr. Bluhdorn (Gulf and Western Industries) said Desilu Productions would continue as a separate corporate entity and Miss Ball would remain as president of the subsidyâ€, published this date in 1967.

Confidential: “Gulf & Western to Buy Desilu, Lucille Ball to Stay as President,†published this date in 1967.

(“Here’s Lucyâ€) “Lucy Goes Hawaiian, Part I†- first of a two-parter, Mooney brings Lucy on the ship, where she finds Viv, and the two vie for the attentions of a charming gentleman, with Lucie Arnaz, as Kim Carter, airing this date 1971.

Chill Wills, Lucille Ball early-career co-star, 1943, dies this date in 1978.

Wally Cox, ‘Mr. Peepers’ early 50’s TV, co-star, The Lucy Show 1963; Desilu Productions’ Mission: Impossible 1966; Desilu Studios-filmed The Dick Van Dyke Show 1966, and Vacation Playhouse 1967; Lucille Ball film A Guide For the Married Man 1967; (“Here’s Lucyâ€) 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972; as well as guest-appeared twice with Desi Arnaz The Hollywood Squares, 1972; dies this date in 1973.

Ethel Merman, Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance (Lucy's Ethel Mertz) early-career(s) friend; Lucille co-star United Artists’ film, 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 1955; appears with Lucille and Desi Arnaz Toast of the Town 1956; co-star, NBC’s Lucy Goes to Broadway (unproduced) 1961; and Lucille's guest co-star, 1964; star, Desilu Productions' Maggie Brown, an unsold sitcom, 1963, dies this date in 1984.

Ray Evans, nominated Tony Award 1958; inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, 1977; Academy-Award-winning partnership with Jay Livingston; Ray, a southwestern NY native and major financial supporter, Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Museum, Jamestown NY 2006; composer in partnership of many songs for the movies; 1946, 1948, 1950, 1956; wrote lyrics for Lucille Ball/Bob Hope film, Sorrowful Jones, 1949, and Fancy Pants, 1950; composer, William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz)/Bob Hope film, The Lemon Drop Kid, 1951, and composer, Frawley film. Rhubarb - “Friendly Finance Company†and “It's a Priv'lege to Live in Brooklynâ€. 1951; composed “Tammy and the Bachelorâ€, 1957; and collaborated on several TV themes for such as Bonanza, 1959, and Mister Ed, 1961; composer, Desilu Studios-filmed The Jack Benny Program, 1962, dies on this date in 2007.

Lucy-Desi Adds Panelists To “Legacy Of Laughter†Event In Nevada - Jamestown, NY – Lucie Arnaz, president of the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center, announced final panelists are in place for the Center’s Legacy of Laughter (“LOLâ€) seminar in Boulder City, Nevada, March 3. Ms. Arnaz will moderate a panel of noted individuals who use humor in their personal and professional lives. We have really gone ‘over the top’ with the addition of Christina Carroll and Sebastien Gendry!†Carroll is the daughter of Bob Carroll, Jr., who, with others, wrote every episode of (“I Love Lucyâ€). Sebastien Gendry, author, educator and motivational speaker, is the founder and director of both the American School of Laughter Yoga and the Laugh Angeles Foundation. Carroll and Gendry will join actor and musician, Desi Arnaz, Jr.; Sean Astin, actor, (The Goonies, Rudy, Memphis Belle, Lord of the Rings; and Kangaroo Court, etc.); Academy Award-nominated director, Kangaroo Court, 1994; as well as family and crisis intervention counselor, Jim Dunnigan, on the panel, announced this date in 2007.

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Last line, Academy award nominated director Sean Astin????? Actor yes, but director? Nominated for an Oscar?

 

Thanks for 'keeping me on track; I should possibly re-word the thing, shouldn't I? In fact, I have done so; and it is now LESS CUMBERSOME reading....

 

In any event, yes, Sean WAS nominated, sharing with another Astin person, Christine, Kangaroo Court, 1995; best short film, live action, 1994; which he directed - director credits for 7 projects; he's been nominated MANY times for various projects; I'm guessing he's a multi-talented man.

 

Keep up my editing, dear. I DO appreciate it.....some of these entries have been made 'years' ago; and the editing process is on-going as we sit here....Love, JK

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Thanks for 'keeping me on track; I should possibly re-word the thing, shouldn't I? In fact, I have done so; and it is now LESS CUMBERSOME reading....

 

In any event, yes, Sean WAS nominated, sharing with another Astin person, Christine, Kangaroo Court, 1995; best short film, live action, 1994; which he directed - director credits for 7 projects; he's been nominated MANY times for various projects; I'm guessing he's a multi-talented man.

 

Keep up my editing, dear. I DO appreciate it.....some of these entries have been made 'years' ago; and the editing process is on-going as we sit here....Love, JK

Oh yes, i should have thought about that, short subject documentary, an easy one to get nominated for, i doubt he was nominated for anything besides this though, for an Oscar i mean. The films he starred in like Lord of the Rings did get nominated though and even won best picture one year.

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My pleasure, besides, i HAVE to post something or we never get to see a view count on these threads UNTIL one posts something.

 

It's a joy for the start of my day to log on, and see MORETHANONESUBJECT in so many categories. Your mind works feverishly at midnight, doesn't it? I'm LLLLLLOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGG asleep; so, welcome those who are busy, work, sleep, different hours. Love, JK

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It's a joy for the start of my day to log on, and see MORETHANONESUBJECT in so many categories. Your mind works feverishly at midnight, doesn't it? I'm LLLLLLOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGG asleep; so, welcome those who are busy, work, sleep, different hours. Love, JK

I work the GRAVEYARD shift two days a week and therefore stay up late the other nights as well to get myself in the groove so to speak, the graveyard shift is incredibly hard for someone like me who has worked nine to five his whole life till now.

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