leenorman Posted May 1, 2011 Report Share Posted May 1, 2011 May 1 Louis Nye, Lucille Ball co-star, United Artists’, Facts of Life, 1960; with Lucille, Salute to Stan Laurel, 1965; Desilu Productions’, The Ann Sothern Show, 1960, 2 episodes, 1961; Guestward Ho! 1961; United Jewish Welfare Fund’s All About People, 1967; co-starring in Lucille's film, A Guide for the Married Man, 1967; with Lucille in an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, 1969; stars, with Lucille, The Steve Allen Comedy Hour, 1980, in a ‘classic hospital’ sketch written by Steve two decades earlier; with Lucille and Desi, American Masters: Judy Garland: By Myself, 1983; as well as One-of-Six Headliner(s) for the Lucy-Desi Memorial Day Festival in Jamestown, NY, 1997, is born this date in 1913. Glenn Ford, guest co-star, Desilu Productions’ Here’s Hollywood 1962; with Lucille Ball, Hollywood Without Make-Up, 1963; with Lucille, via archive footage; as well as with Lucille on Sinatra: The First 40 Years 1980, is born on this date in 1916. Jack Paar, legendary talk show host; Lucille Ball early film-career co-star, RKO Radio’s, Easy Living, 1949; appears with Lucille and Desi Arnaz, Toast of the Town, 1956; guest, Desilu Studios'-filmed, The Joey Bishop Show, 1961; guest star, Desilu Productions', ABC's Wild World of Entertainment: “Jack Paar Tonight”, 1973; appears with Lucille, All-Star Party for Carol Burnett, 1982, as well as with Lucille and Desi, American Masters: Judy Garland: By Myself, 1983; is born this date in 1918. Dan O'Herlihy, co-stars with Vivian Vance (Lucy's Ethel Mertz) The Blue Veil 1951; Desilu Productions' The Untouchables, 1960, as well as Mission: Impossible, 1967, is born this date in 1919. Art Fleming, popular television game show host, Jeopardy, several years; appears in Desilu Productions' The Ann Sothern Show, 1959; as well as The Californians, as Jeremy Pitt, 32 episodes, 1958-59; is born this date in 1924. Harry Belafonte, guest, Desilu Productions', Cavalcade of Stars, 1951; appears with Lucie Arnaz, Night of 100 Stars, 1982; appears, with Desi Arnaz, archivally, Cultural and Commercial Research, Inc., Documentary, “Roots of Rhythm”, as Narrator, 1984, released in 1990; appears with Desi, archivally, The Nightclub Years, 2001; as well as with Lucille Ball and Desi, archivally, TV in Black: The First Fifty Years, 2004, is born this date in 1927. William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz), appears on Broadway, Broadhurst Theater, Here’s Howe! as Sweeny Toplis, 71 performances, co-starring with Alan Hale, among others, through June 30, 1928, beginning this date in 1928. Bulldog Drummond Series – Lucille Ball starred in Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back 1934; Elizabeth Patterson, veteran supporting cast member, (“I Love Lucy”) as Mrs. Trumbell, co-starred in two Bulldog Drummond films: Bulldog Drummond’s Bride and Bulldog Drummond’s Secret Police, 1939 - series first released this date in 1929. LA Examiner, Behind the Makeup, Harry Crocker: “Pity poor Lucille Ball! Desi Arnaz is off on the Hollywood Cavalcade. She is busy working on The Big Street and must work with a Peke. To get the Peke acclimated, she has to take it home with her. Now, her own two cocker spaniels, their noses out of joint, refuse to recognize the Peke or Lucille,” published this date in 1942. Lucille Ball appears with Frank Morgan, CBS Radio’s The Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater, “A Night to Remember”, airing this date in 1944. Hollywood Citizen News, Bob Thomas: “You’d think that when a guy seeks the desert sun for a weekend, he’d forget the worries of the work-a-day world. But, no. Here are some impressions of an interviewer that ran around in his sun-baked mind - (among every thought-of category): Regular girl: Lucille Ball,” published this date in 1946. William Frawley (Lucy’s Fred Mertz) co-stars in Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation’s Miracle on 34th Street, which is released this date in 1947. William Frawley (Lucy’s Fred Mertz) appears on the first daytime serial, The Silver Theatre “The First 100 Years”, Conrad Nagel, Host, also starring Robert Armstrong, airing this date in 1950. (“I Love Lucy”) “Lucy Wants New Furniture,” with co-stars, the Simmons Twins, as Little Ricky, wherein Lucy purchases new furniture on sale, filmed this date in 1953. CBS’ The Lucy Show: 30 minutes black & white: This is a collection of (“I Love Lucy”) programs, (beginning April 3 until October 30) - with “The Ballet” (episode #19), this date’s episode rerun #23. Because so many home viewers requested to see the early episodes, as they did not have television sets when they originally aired, CBS and the Arnazes re-ran these shows in the late afternoon on Sundays, this date in 1955. Desilu Productions', Cavalcade of America “Diplomatic Outpost”, starring Lucy veteran, Willis Bouchey, among others, airs this date in 1956. Martin Leeds signs on as Executive Vice President with Desilu Productions (eventually persuading CBS network colleagues to join him – Bernard Weitzman, VP of business and Edwin E. Holly, as Company Treasurer) -, on this date in 1957. Ford – uniquely bypassing CBS, dealing directly with the Arnazes – decided against sponsoring the new CBS’ Perry Mason series and signed to sponsor five Lucy hour programs; times to the unveiling of the Ford’s 58 models, this date in 1957. Jamestown Post Journal: “Desi, Lucille Sign Television’s Biggest Contract – Hollywood (AP) – Ex-bongo drummer, Desi Arnaz, has sold his new television series to Westinghouse for $12 Million – perhaps the biggest deal in TV history. The 48-program series, mixing comedy, drama and musicals, will replace CBS’ Studio One, Monday evenings, Arnaz announced. Seven programs will be hour-long versions of the (“I Love Lucy”) shows, starring Arnaz and Lucille Ball. They will appear in some of the other programs and Desi will Emcee each show,” published this date in 1958. Desi Arnaz makes television history with a $12,000,000 series deal with Westinghouse for 48, one-hour segments of the Desilu Playhouse this date in 1958. Martin Skiles, uncredited composer, additional music, William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz) films, 1944, 1947; original music composer, conducted by Wilbur Hatch, My Favorite Husband, Episodes 1-125, 1948-1951, dies this date in 1981. Village Voice’s Guy Trebay in attendance at one of Lucille’s New York Museum of Television and Radio seminars just five years prior to her death: “What does Lucille Ball look like in the latter years of her life? Most charming is the theatrical stencil of her overarched eyebrows and the famous lip line; her face is naturally aided in mime by a latex-expressive face and large eyes; but, she doesn’t fare any worse than any woman at 72 years of age,” published this date in 1984. LA Herald Examiner, “Lucy and Desi’s Stormy Marriage and Breakup,” published this date in 1989. Gregg Oppenheimer, son of (“I Love Lucy”) founder, Jess Oppenheimer, joins the Lucylist this date in 1995. Chris Warfield, guest, Desilu Productions', Cavalcade of America 1956; The Californians 1958; appears with William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz) My Three Sons 1961, as well as Lucille Ball guest The Lucy Show 1962, dies this date in 1996. Lucille Ball appears, via archival footage, Barbara Walters: 20 Years @ ABC, airing this date 1996. Lucille Ball has been paid “tribute” to by many actresses over the years, and Laura Prepon is another, in an episode of The 70s Show, complete with actors portraying Ricky and the Mertzes, this date in 2001. Buffalo News, Terry Frank: “Ads Featuring Lucy, Desi to Go on Display,” published this date in 2002. E! Entertainment Television - Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, and Lucie Arnaz appear, via archive footage, in a documentary/biography: “E! True Hollywood Story” – (“I Love Lucy”), broadcast this date in 2005. (“I Love Lucy”) DVD, Season 6, is released this date in 2006. The Sunday Post Journal: Lucy-Desi Center Director Speaks to City rotary - “Journey Gunderson, Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center executive director, spoke recently to the Rotary Club of Jamestown. Ms. Gunderson grew up in the Jamestown area; worked away for the Women's Sports Foundation, the most powerful women's sports organization in the world, for six years, in various job categories; then, returned to Jamestown and operated a web presence consulting business with the Center, until applying for the position of executive director. Ms. Gunderson's presentation to Rotary, included the defining of the four pillars of the 'Legacy of Laughter': first, the 'Festival of Comedy' - in keeping with the stated purpose of the Center; that being, supporting the development of comedy as an art form and career in the arts; as well as to preserve and celebrate the legacy of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz and enrich the world through the healing powers of love and laughter. Secondly, the Center will collaborate with institutions of higher learning offering opportunities to youth and adults, by way of a new membership category designating one-half of the membership fee to benefit a young person in comedy; thirdly, bringing the Comedy Hall of Fame to Jamestown, a long-term goal, demonstrating Jamestown to be worthy of more than just being a 'city' where Lucille Ball grew up; and lastly, the Festival of Comedy, August 3-7, in this, Lucille's 100th birth year,” published this date in 2011. May 2 Hedda Hopper, Hollywood gossip columnist, actress in more than 100 films, including two of Lucille’s early films: Bunker Bean 1936, and That’s Right, You’re Wrong, 1939; CBS’ Radio Campbell Playhouse, 1940; long-time friend of Lucille and Desi Arnaz, (“I Love Lucy”), 1955; guest co-star, Desilu Productions’ Here’s Hollywood 1961; The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, 1957 (the only 75-minute episode Desi insisted upon), as herself, which extra footage disappeared in 1962, as CBS purchased the series for summer replacement: Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, 1959; Lucille guests Hedda Hopper’s Hollywood 1960; with Lucille, via archival footage, Hollywood Without Make-Up 1963; as well as with Lucille, Bob Hope’s Overseas Christmas Tours: Around the World With the Troops – 1941-972, 1980; is born this date in 1885. Bing Crosby, Lucille Ball long-time friend of early radio days, Kraft Music Hall, 1943; and on-stage many times with Lucille and Desi Arnaz; Bing wrote the lyrics (in 1931) for the song: ‘Where the Blue of the Night Meets the Gold of the Day” in Lucille film That’s Right, You’re Wrong, 1939, Desi, who in the Service, wrote a musical called G I’m Happy, and with Lucille’s assistance lined up Bing and others for the various parts; Desilu Productions’ guest co-star, The Greatest Show on Earth, 1962; appears with Lucille and Desi, Toast of the Town, 1958; with Lucille on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Bob Hope Show, 1962; and appears with Lucille in Swing Out, Sweet Land, with many other stars, 1970; with Lucille, Bob Hope’s Overseas Christmas Tours: Around the World With the Troops – 1941-972, 1980; with Lucille, Unrehearsed Antics of the Stars, 1984;, with Lucille, via archival footage, Legends of Comedy, 1992; with Lucille, via archival footage, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, 1992; with Lucille, via archival footage, and Lucie Arnaz, Bob Hope: The First 90 Years, with Lucille, via archival footage, The Carol Burnett Show: A Reunion, and NBC's Bob Hope's Bag of Christmas Memories, nominated for a PrimeTime Emmy, (1994), 1993; appears with Lucille, via archival footage, Entertaining the Troops, 1994; with Lucille, via archival footage, 50 Years of Funny Females, 1995; with Lucille, via archival footage, Barbara Walters: 20 Years @ ABC, 1996; with Lucille and Desi, via archival footage, Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's and Judy Garland’s Hollywood, 1997; as well as Bob Hope: Hollywood's Brightest Star, Video Entertainment, 1996, is born this date in 1901. Gordon B. Clarke, guest cast member, (“I Love Lucy”), 1956; Desilu Productions', Sheriff of Cochise, (unknown year); as well as Desilu Studios-filmed, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, 1957, is born this date in 1906. Theodore Bikel, guest, Desilu Productions', Mission: Impossible, 1968; as well as with Lucie Arnaz, Night of 100 Stars, 1982, is born this date in 1924. Vivian Vance (Lucy’s Ethel Mertz) appears in print: NY Telegram, Katharine Zimmermann: “Taking ‘Here’s Howe!’ in Diluted Doses,” this date in 1928. Philip Bruns, guest co-star, (“Here’s Lucy”), 1968, is born this date in 1931. William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz), appears in Paramount Picture's, F-Man, as Detective Rogan, co-starring Jack Haley, as well as Chuck Hamilton, character actor/stuntman, among many others, released on this date in 1936. William Frawley (Lucy’s Fred Mertz) loved baseball and was in Stars Team (first game): new field audience among other “stars,” this date in 1939. LA Evening Herald Express, Harrison Carroll: “Lucille Ball will star in Gus Schermer’s NY Stock Company. It will be her first time behind the Broadway footlights since 1938,” published this date in 1945. (“I Love Lucy”) “Ricky Asks For A Raise,” an episode guest co-starring Gale Gordon, wherein Lucy pesters Ricky to ask for a raise, filmed this date in 1952. Desi Arnaz and Orchestra, perform (“I Love Lucy”) “Dancing Star,” guest co-starring Van Johnson; veteran supporting cast member, Doris Singleton; and Desi Arnaz Orchestra Pianist, Marco Rizo, revolving around Lucy’s letters back east boasting of friendships with movie stars, the first of a two-parter; but, filmed second, airing this date in 1955. Vivian Vance (Lucy’s Ethel Mertz) guest stars on The Match Game, broadcast this date in 1966. Lucille Ball appears on Chicago Tribune TV Week cover this week in May 2-8, 1970. J. Edgar Hoover, b. 1/1; FBI Director (‘Research’ Note: Read 1/1 for significance of this entry.); wrote book, Persons in Hiding, William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz), 1939, dies this date in 1972. Hugh Marlowe, b. 1/30; of television's, Another World fame, appears on stage, with Vivian Vance (Lucy's Ethel Mertz), It Takes Two, George Abbott, directing, 1947; as well as guest, Desilu Studios'-filmed, The Andy Griffith Show, 1961, dies this date in 1982. LA Herald Examiner, “Hollywood Was Lucy’s Destiny: After Shaky Start, Her Star Began to Rise,” published this date in 1989. Press-Enterprise (Riverside, California): “Entertainment Briefs: Fans Visit Sidewalk Star to mark Lucy’s Passing,” published this date in 1989. Gene Raymond, b. 8/13; Lucille Ball’s friend and early-career co-star, 1936; as well as cast member, Desilu Studios'-filmed, My Living Doll, 1964, dies this date in 1998. Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz and (“I Love Lucy”) popularity being legendary gives rise to using their name(s) involving the viewer/reader when no further mention is made - [case in point: a NY Times article, headlined “Where Lucy and Ricky Meet Bart and Lisa” (The Simpsons) - what follows when perused by the faithful is: . . . nothing further about the legends - just the use of the name(s) for readership value], this date in 2001. The San Francisco Chronicle: “Lucille Ball CBS' film demonstrates power of comedy,” published this date in 2003. May 3 Jack LaRue, co-star, William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz), 1934, 1936, 1941, is born this date in 1902. James Nusser, of Gunsmoke fame, 79 episodes, 1956-1970; guest, Desilu Productions', The Lineup, 4 episodes, as Willie Martin, 1954-58, The Texan, 1958; as well as The Untouchables, 1961, is born this date in 1905. Robert Osborne, friend and late 1950's Desilu Playhouse protégé of Lucille Ball; host, Turner Classic Movies since its inception, was, early on, advised by Lucille to direct his talents, which are considerable, to journalism rather than acting. Osborne took this advice and produced "Academy Awards Illustrated", a book which then began his years at The Hollywood Reporter; became the official historian of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; appears with Lucille, Desi, William Frawley & Vivian Vance (The Mertzes), Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, 1959; guest, Desilu Productions', The Californians, 1958, Whirlybirds, 1959; with Lucille, Desi, Frawley & Vance, American Masters “Finding Lucy”, 1983; appears with Lucille, archivally, Entertaining the Troops, 1994, with Lucille, Desi, archivally; Lucie Arnaz, Desi Arnaz IV, Frawley and Vance, archivally, The Desilu Story, 2003; guest Headliner, Lucy's Birthday Bash, Jamestown NY, 2006; as well as GAB Entertainment's You Know The Face, Lucille, via archival footage, 2009, is born this date in 1932. LA Evening Herald Express, Harrison Carroll: “Six years ago, Lucille Ball was a model in a Fifth Avenue Store. Now she’s a movie star and will have models parade gowns before her,” published this date in 1939. Lucille Ball appears with Frank Morgan, CBS Radio’s The Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater, “Nothing But the Truth”, on this date in 1943. Lucille Ball appears on CBS Radio’s Your Radio Almanac, on this date in 1944. Hollywood Citizen News, The Hollywood Scene, Lowell E. Redelings: “Good Turn Department – Lucille Ball discovered that her stand-in, Wanda Cantlon, yearned for a dancing career; so, Lucille coached her in spare moments, and finally recommended her to dance director, Jack Donahue, who cast her in Early to Wed,” published this date in 1945. Hollywood Citizen News, Sidney Skolsky: Movie Boner of the Week: “In Two Smart People, Lucille Ball wears an upsweep hairdo and bangs throughout the picture. During a certain sequence and number of closeups, Lucille’s hair is combed differently. She explains this was done so she would look more attractive in close-ups, and that’s more important than a so-called Movie Boner – if you must know,” published this date in 1947. Lucille Ball appears in NBC Radio’s The Bob Hope Show, this date in 1949. Lucille Ball appears in NBC’s All-Star Revue along with Ed Wynn, The Borden Twins [“Teensy & Weensy from (“I Love Lucy”) “Tennessee Bound”] and Lucille and Ed reprise the spy sketch from their last joint TV appearance (December 24, 1949), airing this date in 1952. Desi Arnaz and Orchestra, perform (“I Love Lucy”) “Tennessee Ernie Visits,” Tennessee Ernie Ford guest co-starring in a two-parter, in which Lucy re-creates her ‘vamp’ bit from The Ed Wynn Show – 1949; this episode and the one to follow propel Tennessee Ernie into the national spotlight, judged a fan favorite, airing this date in 1954. (“I Love Lucy”), in spite of poor reviews, lower ratings, the Communist scare and a handful of mediocre episodes, manages to take top honors as the “most-viewed show in the 1953-54 season,” according to American Research Bureau (ARB). An estimated 50.8 million persons watched – not bad, considering there were only 23 million television homes by the close of the season in 1954. Hollywood Trade Papers: “(‘I Love Lucy’) will be back after a thirteen-week summer hiatus (during which The Charles Farrell Show ran), with twenty-six new episodes and thirteen repeats, this date in 1956. Nearly 200 boys were interviewed after the Mayer Twins who had acted as Little Ricky, for 3 years, retired, and none fit the bill until the discovery of dynamic 5-year-old, billed as Richard Keith (Keith Thibodeaux), a native of Lafayette, Louisiana, a Horace Heidt prodigy: “pound for pound, the greatest little drummer around,” in 1956. Desilu Productions', Sheriff of Cochise “Husband and Wife”; starring John Bromfield; co-starring Mike Connors, among others; with W. Argyle Nelson, Production Supervisor, James A. Paisley, Production Manager, (fifth of 6 episodes, 1956-57), and Dann Cahn, Editorial Supervisor, airs this date in 1957. Lucille Ball is the mystery guest on CBS’ “What’s My Line?”, this date in 1963. William Frawley (Lucy’s Fred Mertz) appears in his second last public appearance, as guest star, on CBS’ “I’ve Got A Secret”, hosted by Steve Aallen - his secret: he introduced the song, Melancholy Baby, to the public in 1912; panelists: Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Bess Meyerson, and Henry Morgan, airing this date in 1965. Karl Freund, b. 1/16; Academy Award wins: film, 1937, Cinematography; 1955, Technical Achievement; infamous mentor, pivotal in the career(s) of Lucile Ball and Desi Arnaz; cinematographer, William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz) film, 1939; Lucille films, 1943, 1945, and 1946; inevitable that technical and innovation-minded Freund would get to work for brand new visual medium - television. Lucille Ball, whom he had photographed when she was at MGM, hired him as the director of photography at Desilu Productions', where he decided to shoot (“I Love Lucy”) with three 35mm Mitchell BNC cameras, giving 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 Lucy”) 1951-56; Desilu Productions', Our Miss Brooks, 126 episodes, 1952-56; Willy, 16 episodes, 1954-55, as well as December Bride, 2 episodes, 1955; dies this date in 1969. Bruce Cabot, b. 4/20; Lucille Ball movie co-star, 1934, 1949, dies this date in 1972. Lucille Ball and husband, Gary Morton, taped five episodes of ABC's Password, a program they enjoyed and had appeared in many times during the ‘60’s, sometimes inviting veteran guest co-stars from Lucy shows to appear with them, this date in 1975. Robert Alda, b. 2/26; Lucille Ball guest co-star, The Lucy Show, 1964; with Vivian Vance (Ethel Mertz), stage play, 1969; (“Here’s Lucy”), 1970, as himself; guest, Desilu Productions', Mission: Impossible, and Julia, 1970; (“Here’s Lucy”), 1971, as himself; with Lucie Arnaz, Fantasy Island, 1978; and A Lucille Ball Special, 1980, dies this date in 1986. Variety, “Tribute to Lucille Ball,” published this date, for a week in 1989. George Murphy, b. 7/4; friend and co-star of both Arnazes; Lucille Ball co-star, 2 films in 1934, 1935, 1941; co-star, Desi Arnaz, 1942, 1944; with Lucille and Desi, 1956; guest, Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, 2 episodes, 1959; as well as Desilu Studios'-filmed, CBS’, New Comedy Showcase, 1960, with Lucille and Desi, American Masters: Judy Garland: By Myself, 1983; as well as, with Lucille, archivally, 1985; dies this date in 1992. Jack Weston, b. 8/21; guest, Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, 1958, 1960, Desilu Productions’, The Untouchables, 1959, Harrigan and Son, 1961, Desilu Productions’-Desilu Studios'-filmed, The Comedy Spot, 1962; Lucille Ball TV Special, Mr. And Mrs., 1964, co-star, unsold pilot - Desilu Productions', Vacation Playhouse “Where There's Smokey”, 1966; dies this date in 1996. The Latest from Everything Lucy announces: “A traveling exhibit, ‘Women of Distinction’ is set to open Friday, May 4, at the National Toaring Museum in Elmira, NY. The exhibit features famous NY women, including Elmira native Eileen Collins, the first female to pilot and command a space shuttle, as well as comedian Lucille Ball and former first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, posted this date in 2007. The Lucy Lounge Website: “5/2/09 - The Associated Press by Dennis McLellan – LA – ‘Musician, Union Activist, Marl Young, 92, Dies’ – ‘Marl Young, a musician who was instrumental in the merger of the all-black and all-white musicians unions in LA in the early 1950s and two decades later became the first black music director of a major network television series, ("Here's Lucy"), has died. He was 92. In 1957, he became the first black member of Local 47 Board of Directors. In 1958, he auditioned for the Lucille Ball Desilu Workshop Theater, leading to his long association with both Lucille and Desi Arnaz. He began with the basic arrangements for the workshop theater, and in 1962, Arnaz asked him to be pianist in the studio audience warmup band for Lucille’s sitcom The Lucy Show. Young later composed for the Show. In 1970, after the death of Lucille’s long-time Musical Director, Wilbur Hatch, Young took over as Musical Director for (‘Here’s Lucy’)”, posted this date in 2009. May 4 Vivian Vance (Lucy’s Ethel Mertz), stars, as Claire James, on Broadway's Biltmore Theater, in Out From Under, 9 performances, co-starring one-time husband, Philip Ober, among others, through May 11, beginning this date in 1940. LA Evening Herald Express, Harrison Carroll: “When Desi Arnaz joined the Victory Caravan, Lucille Ball moved in from the Valley to stay with her mother. It’s more convenient, anyway, while she is working on The Big Street. Feeling somebody should get use of the ranch, the Arnazes, through the USO, have invited 12 soldiers out every week-end. Having misgivings after the first week-end, Lucille worried; but, she discovered they had mowed the lawn, cleaned chicken runways and done a lot of real work during their stay,” published this date in 1942. Desi Arnaz and Orchestra perform (“I Love Lucy”) “The Indian Show,” - Ricky stages a Club show centered on Native Americans and Lucy gets into the ‘act’; guest co-starring, the Simmons Twins, as Little Ricky, Frank Gerstle, Jerry Hausner, and Richard J. Reeves, airs this date in 1953. Vivian Vance, (Lucy’s Ethel Mertz), appears on NBC’s The Milton Berle Show “The Buick-Berle Show”, airing this date in 1954. McCall’s: “I Don’t Run Away Anymore” - Vivian Vance (Lucy’s Ethel Mertz) is a staunch advocate of mental health, and counts as her most-cherished Award, the National Award of the National Association of Mental Health, and shares with this reporter, some of her darker days, article published in 1955. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’ divorce is finalized this date in 1960. William Frawley (Lucy’s Fred Mertz) had a true passion: baseball - telling, in a NY Journal American interview: “. . . and became part owner of the San Francisco Missions (Pacific Coast League) in 1938; renamed “Hollywood Stars” and sold 20 years later to Salt Lake City,” published this date in 1961. Desi Arnaz executive produces, uncredited; Jerry Thorpe, Executive Producer; Bert Granet, Producer, Desilu Productions’, The Untouchables “Stranglehold”, starring Robert Stack, Ricardo Montalban, Paul Picerni, Frank Puglia, Walter Winchell, Narrator; with Sandy Grace, Set Decoration, W. Argyle Nelson, Production Supervisor, Nelson Riddle, Composer - Theme, and Bill Heath, Editorial Supervisor, airing this date in 1961. Moe Howard (of the Three Stooges), Lucille Ball co-star, United Artists’ 1934; guest, Desilu Productions’ Here’s Hollywood, 1961, dies this date in 1975. Diana Dors, guest appears, Desilu Productions' Here's Hollywood 1960, Fractured Flickers 1963; Desilu Studios-filmed, The Red Skelton Show 1960, The Jack Benny Program, 1961; as well as appearing with Lucille Ball, Women I Love: Beautiful, But Funny, 1982; dies this date in 1984. LA Herald Examiner, “Lucy Means Business: Comedian Becomes Corporate Star,” published this date in 1989. People: “Top 25 Stars – Lucille Ball,” published this date in 1989. LA Times: “Who was TV's first feminist? Ask June Cleaver!” published this date in 1997. TV Guide “50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time”: (“I Love Lucy”), #2, this week in 2000. TV Guide “The Greatest Shows of All Time”: Lucille Ball appears, sharing the collage of stars’ cover for (“I Love Lucy”), #2, this week in 2002. Rachel York, Broadway and soap actress – another effort portraying Lucille Ball (Danny Pino portrays ‘Desi Arnaz’) in CBS’ television movie, Lucy, not well received in reviews, this date in 2003. E-mail announcement regarding an invitation to attend the memorial service and celebration of the life of Marilyn Borden (one-half the Borden Twins) "Teensy" & "Weensy" guest co-stars from (“I Love Lucy”), “Tennessee Bound”, on what would have been their 77th birthday weekend to be celebrated May 30, 2009, at the State Theatre in Modesto CA, after a musical procession, with featured vocalists, including their younger sister, Barbara Borden, posted this date in 2009. The Post-Journal, Jamestown, NY - Lucille Ball’s Daughter To Headline Celebration – Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill to Attend Lucy-Desi Days – by Kristen Johnson – “…the daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz will return to Jamestown next month to perform during the Lucy-Desi Days celebration”, published this date in 2009. May 5 Robert Foulk, guest, Desilu Productions' December Bride, 2 episodes, 1956; Desilu Studios-filmed, The Adventures of Jim Bowie, 2 episodes, 1956; Desilu Productions' Cavalcade of America, 2 episodes, 1956, Sheriff of Cochise, 1956, 1957, Whirlybirds, 1957, 1958; supporting cast member, (“I Love Lucy”), 1957; Desilu Productiona' The Texan, 1958, 1959, 1960, Guestward Ho! 1960, The Untouchables, 1961; Desilu Studios-filmed The Guns of Will Sonnett, 1967, 1968; Lucille Ball's guest (“Here's Lucy”), 3 episodes, one with Desi IV and Lucie Arnaz, 1971; 1973, is born this date in 1908. Rick Jason, guest co-star, Desilu Productions’ The Fountain of Youth 1958; Here’s Hollywood 1961; as well as Desi Arnaz IV's co-star, Automan, 1983, is born this date in 1923. Pat Carroll, comedienne; starred in Desilu attempt to spin-off Ann Sothern Show comedy, Pandora and Friend, which was unsuccessful; appears with William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz) and many others, The NBC Comedy Show, 1956; guest co-star, Desilu Studios'-filmed, Make Room For Daddy, 7 episodes, 1962-64; guest co-star, Desilu Productions', You Don't Say, 6 episodes, 1964; guest co-star, Desilu Studios'-filmed, Fractured Flickers, 1964; is born this date in 1927. Lucille Ball appears in United Artists’ film The Affairs of Cellini, released this date in 1934. William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz), appears in Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation, Rose of Washington Square, as Harry Long, co-starring Alice Faye, Al Jolson, Tyrone Power, Moroni Olsen, Louis Prima; Brooks Benedict, Chick Chandler, James Flavin, Charles Lane, and William Newell (uncredited), among many others, released on this date in 1939. William Frawley (“I Love Lucy’s Fred Mertz) stars in The Virginian, co-starring Barbara Britton, Brian Donlevy, Marc Lawrence, Joel McCrea,Tom Tully, among many others, released this date in 1946. Hollywood Citizen News, Sheilah Graham: “Lucille Ball goes to NY next week where she will do six radio shows. She gets back here before June 15 – her starting date with Desi Arnaz for their picture, Follow the Girls,” published this date in 1947. (“I Love Lucy”) “Lucy Does a TV Commercial” - the infamous, hilarious Vitameatavegamin sketch, an episode in which Lucy gets in the act; ,Vivian Vance (Ethel Mertz) does not appear; Lucy filming a TV commercial for Ricky’s variety show, Wilbur Hatch conducting Desi Arnaz Orchestra; friend and guest co-star, Ross Elliott makes his first of several appearances, judged a fan favorite, with Jerry Hausner and Maury Thompson, script clerk, who plays himself, airing this date in 1952. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz move into their new home at 1000 Roxbury Drive in Beverly Hills, this date in 1955. Confidential: “Lucille Ball Wins Divorce From Arnaz,” published date in 1960. San Francisco Chronicle, “Lucy Tells Judge Desi Was a ‘Jekyll and Hyde’,” published this date in 1960. Lucille Ball makes a guest appearance on CBS’ Ed Sullivan's Toast of the Town. When Ed is introduced, Bob Hope appears, who introduces Lucille – their only purpose is to plug their film Critic’s Choice, Ella Fitagerald also appearing, airing this date in 1963. Lucille Ball makes a Mystery Guest appearance on CBS’ (“What’s My Line?”) on this date in 1963. Hartford Courant: “Vivian Vance (Lucy's Ethel Mertz), begins this date a third year of visits to Connecticut mental hospitals, she having suffered a breakdown in the '40s, with subsequent therapy, which helped her cope with fame,” published this date in 1964. Post Journal, Jamestown, NY: Desi Is Working In Studio Bearing His Name – AP Movie-Television Writer – Bob Thomas – Hollywood (AP) “After a three-year absence, Desi Arnaz is back at work in the Studio that bears his name; but there’s a difference – he’s renting space at Desilu Culver Studio. Honoring Desi's’ return, the place is redecorated, and the lady ordering the redecoration is Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz’ former wife and co-star, and his successor as President of Desilu. The prettiest landlady in the world,’ Desi said, ‘and a wonderful woman . . .’ published this date in 1966. CBS’ The Lucy Show - While each of Lucille Ball’s series has always gone on summer hiatus, selected re-runs of the show are aired in prime time instead of a summer replacement series, commencing March 24. The remaining weeks are re-runs for the first time in color from the series’ last three seasons (1965-68) on this date in 1969. John Williams, guest, The Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, 1959; Lucille Ball film co-star, A Guide for the Married Man, 1967; and Mission: Impossible, 1970, dies this date in 1983. Desi Arnaz appears, via archive footage, in Cultural and Commercial Research, Inc., Documentary, “Roots of Rhythm”, 1984, a three-part historical survey of the African musical roots of Latin Jazz, Salsa, and popular genres, featuring narration by Harry Belafonte, tracing the evolution of Latin Music from Africa itself into the twentieth century with the advent of Afro-Cuban Jazz (or Latin Jazz) and later the advent of Latin pop sounds, with Xavier Cugat; and with such artists as Gloria Estefan and Dizzy Gillespie. A musical journey for historians, musicians, and music lovers alike, is broadcast this date in 1990. Times Union (Albany, NY), Tania Garcia de Rosier: “Proctor’s Power Broker,” published this date in 2002. Courtesy of TheLucyLounge Website – (CBS) NY – “We watched the six-foot-seven man examine various colorful fabric samples. Alvin Colt, 90, Tony Award winner, as well as many other lifetime service recognitions, left native Kentucky; came to Manhattan via Yale's Drama School in 1944; and has been a costume designer for some of Broadway's plays and best-known actors. His sketches, from The Museum Of The City Of New York, are historical. There was a sketch of an outfit for Lucille Ball in Wildcat. He's done a lot of television costuming as well, including, three productions of Night of 100 Stars, the CBS 50th Anniversary Special, Lucille having taken part presumably, and he's still at it”, posted this date in 2008. Alexander Courage, Composer; Orchestrator, the Arnazes film, The Long, Long Trailer, 1953; Composer, 26 episodes, Star Trek, 1966-1986; Composer/Theme Music, Conductor, 82 episodes, Star Trek, 1966-1969; as well as with Lucille Ball, archivally, That's Entertainment! III, 1994, dies this date in 2008. May 6 Frank Nelson, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’ long-time friend; veteran supporting cast member, (“I Love Lucy”) as Freddie Fillmore, Dickie Davis and Ralph Ramsey, and others, in Lucy In Connecticut; 1951, 1952, 2 episodes, 1953, 1954, 5 episodes, 1956, 1957, guest co-star The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, 1957; guest, Desilu Productions' Shower of Stars, 1958; Lucille guest co-star, with Desi Arnaz IV, Vivian Vance (Lucy's Ethel Mertz), The Lucy Show, 1963; as well as with Lucille, Jack Benny's Twentieth Anniversay Special 1970, is born this date in 1911. Orson Welles, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’ long-time friend and co-star - in 1939, suggested a film, of C. D. Lewis’ play, The Smiler and the Knife, starring Lucille, calling her the ‘greatest female clown around’, never came to pass; Lucille radio co-star, CBS’ Campbell Playhouse “Dinner at Eight”, also co-starring Hedda Hopper, 1940; author-- The Magnificent Ambersons, 1942; film follow-up to his legendary Citizen Kane, 1941; appears with Lucille and Desi Toast of the Town 1956; later part of package owned by Desilu Studios and ‘mysteriously’ absent; (“I Love Lucy”), 1956, as himself; was host and director of Desilu Productions’ pilot, part of NBC’s Colgate Theater, never picked up as a series, 1958; appears with Lucille, Dean Martin's Celebrity Roast: Danny Thomas, 1976, NBC’s Desilu Productions', Fountain of Youth, Desi Arnaz, Executive Producer, Orson, as Writer/ Director, as well as with Lucille, via archival footage, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1992; is born this date in 1915. Lucille Ball, still a contract player, films the RKO Radio's Joy of Living, the part of Irene Dunne’s younger sister, also starring Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.; and, in uncredited roles, Charles Lane, Richard Lane, Dennis O'Keefe, among others, released this date in 1938. “Vivian Vance,” (Lucy’s Ethel Mertz): “ . . . is the little Albuquerque bombshell starring in Out From Under at the Biltmore,” published this date in 1940. Jamestown Post Journal, Jamestown, NY: “Lucille Ball in NY; Plans to Visit Here Uncertain,” published this date in 1946. Hollywood Citizen News, Sheilah Graham: “. . . Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in Follow the Girls - Lucille was given a beautiful new dressing room at Metro after signing a new contract following Easy to Wed; but, never used it because she hasn’t made a picture for Metro since the new contract was signed,” published this date in 1947. Lucille Ball and co-star, Richard Denning, appear on CBS Radio 30-minute Situation Comedy, My Favorite Husband “Overweight” - episode #43, produced and directed by Jess Oppenheimer; written by Jess Oppenheimer, Madelyn Pugh & Bob Carroll, Jr., featuring Ruth Perrott, as Katy the Maid, original music by Marlin Skiles; conducted by Wilbur Hatch; announcer, Bob LeMond, sponsored by General Foods, JELL-O; with veteran supporting cast member, Hans Conried, as well as Peter Leeds, airing this date in 1949. Lucille Ball appears on Time Magazine “RX for TV: A Clown With Glamour” this date in 1952. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz appear on Down Beat Magazine cover this date in 1953. Down Beat - Charles Emge,: “America’s Best-Known Leader,” published this date in 1953. (“I Love Lucy”) - “The Ricardos Dedicate a Statue,” Jack Aldworth's last of 22 episodes (1956-57), as Associate Producer; Keith Thibodeaux, as Little Ricky - the final new half-hour format segment, Episode 180, with Lucy in charge of festivities for Yankee Doodle Day in Westport, Lucie and Desi Arnaz IV, making uncredited cameo appearances in the crowd at the unveiling of the statue, their only (“I Love Lucy”) appearance, airing this date in 1957. W. Argyle Nelson, long-time associate of Lucille Ball and the Arnazes, as Production Manager, on set of Desilu Productions’, The Californians “Second Trial”, starring Richard Coogan, as Marshal Matthew Wayne; Herb Rudley, among others, airng this date in 1958. Desi Arnaz’ and Lucille Ball’s divorce decree is final this date in 1961. The NY Post: Lucille Ball’s press agent, Harvey Sabinson, reflecting on her Wildcat performance: “Lucille fainted onstage at a Wednesday matinee – a coincidence that the divorce was final right then?” published this date in 1961. Monty Woolley, Lucille Ball KNX Radio early-career co-star, dies this date in 1963. Dialogue on Film, Volume #6 – The American Film Institute: “Lucille Ball”, published in 1974. The NY Post: Lucille Ball’s press agent, Harvey Sabinson, reflecting on her Wildcat performance: “Nobody worked harder during rehearsals that she did – a complete professional – cooperative, cheerful and totally attentive; the supporting cast and production staff adored her. Wildcat was an immediate hit, selling out at all performances, and Lucille worked herself into a frazzle,” published this date in 1977. 50th Year TV Guide cover: Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz appear together with collage of TV shows - “TV is 50:” this week in 1989. Marlene Dietrich, co-star, William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz) 1936; with Lucille Ball, 1943; co-star, Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz) 1952; with Lucille 1980, 1988; with Lucille, via archival footage(s) twice in 1994; as well as with Desi Arnaz archivally, 2001, dies this date in 1992. Maurice Marsac, guest cast member, (“I Love Lucy”) 1952 and 1956; Desilu Productions’ Our Miss Brooks, 1953; Cavalcade of America, 1953, 1954, and 1955; Desilu Productions’ Angel, pilot, 1960; Glynis 1963, dies this date in 2007. Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Museum Website, Jamestown NY - “Lucy-Desi Center Acquires Desi Arnaz’ office chair - Barcalounger Currently On Exhibit At Museum! “A chair, which once sat in Desi Arnaz’s office at Desilu Cahuenga Studios has found its way to the Lucy-Desi Museum. Donated by the family of Jess Oppenheimer, the show’s creator, this green Barcalounger was one of a pair that decorated the Desilu Productions', president’s office in the early 1950s. Vintage photographs of Desi’s office in Hollywood have been found that picture the chair with the writers of (“I Love Lucy”). Mrs. Estelle Oppenheimer and her son, Gregg Oppenheimer, have had the chair at the Oppenheimer home in Brentwood, where the recliner had been since Desi gave it to Jess in 1956. Of his family’s gift to the Lucy-Desi Center, Gregg Oppenheimer noted, ‘I’m pleased that Desi’s chair will finally end up where it belongs, at the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center.’ The chair is incorporated into the Lucy-Desi Museum’s new exhibit titled ‘From The Collection Of…’ which highlights unique Lucy-Desi items from other people’s collections. In addition to the chair (from the collection of the Jess Oppenheimer Family), currently on display are a dress Lucille Ball wore in the 1963 film Critic’s Choice (from the collection of Jane Withers), a cowgirl costume Lucy wore on The Donny & Marie Show in 1978 (from the collection of the costume’s designer, Ret Turner), and a ceramic dessert and coffee set Lucille Ball owned (from the collection of Amy and Desi Arnaz, Jr.), posted in 2007. The Lucy Lounge Website – “Jerry Herman will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, announced at the nominations for Tony Awards May 5, 2009; he, composer, for Lucille Ball film Mame 1974”, posted this date in 2009. May 7 Frank J. Scannell, Lucille Ball co-star, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood, as Walter, both he and Lucille in uncredited roles, 1945; with Lucille in Lover Come Back, as reporter at party, uncredited 1946; with William Frawley, (Lucy's Fred Mertz) Hit Parade of 1947, as Sammy, 1947; with Vivian Vance, The Secret Fury, as Wedding Guard, uncredited, 1950; guest cast member (“I Love Lucy”), 1952; co-star, William Frawley (Lucy's Fred Mertz), 1952; Desilu Productions' The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp as Cookie – 4 episodes between 1955-1958, and The Untouchables, 1960, 1961, both roles uncredited; Lucille's guest (Here's Lucy”), 1971; as well as, via archival footage, Desilu Productions', (“I Love Lucy”) filmed 1953, released 2007, is born this date in 1903. Darren McGavin, guest co-star, Desilu Productions', Mission Impossible, 1967, is born this date in 1922. Totie Fields, as Poopsie, is Lucille Ball’s guest co-star, (“Here’s Lucy”), 1972; honors Lucille, with others, on The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast, Lucille Ball, 1975; as well as with Lucille and Vivian Vance (Lucy's Ethel Mertz), 50 Years of Funny Females, both via arvhival footage, 1995, is born this date in 1930. Teresa Brewer, appears in Desilu Productions' Cavalcade of Stars, 2 episodes, 1950; appears with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Toast of the Town, 1956, 1958; as well as appears with Lucille Toast of the Town, 1962; is born this date in 1931. Roger Perry, one of less-than-two-dozen actors picked by Lucille Ball for her Desilu Workshop, late 50's; guest co-star, Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, 2 episodes, 1959; December Bride, 1959; Desilu Productions’, U.S. Marshal, (unknown year); Whirlybirds, (unknown year); Desilu Studios’-filmed, CBS, New Comedy Showcase, 1960; Desilu Productions’, The Texan, 1960; Harrigan and Son, as Jim Harrigan, Jr., 8 episodes, 1960-1961; Star Trek, 1967, is born this date in 1933. Pat Collins, Lucille Ball’s guest co-star, The Lucy Show, 1966, as herself, is born this date in 1935. LA Evening Herald Express, Harrison Carroll: “Office pressure stopped RKO’s plans for Lucille Ball’s modified “striptease,” Have it Your Own Way - as a burlesque entertainer; instead turning it into comedic routine,” published this date in 1940. Lucille Ball and co-star, Richard Denning, appear My Favorite Husband “The Health Farm,” episode #87, with veteran supporting cast member, Elvia Allman, airs this date in 1950. Biow, the ad-man from Philip Morris, returning from a European vacation, called Jess Oppenheimer in Hollywood, and asked the crucial question: “When are you and the Arnazes moving to NY,” this date in 1951. (“I Love Lucy”) “Lucy Goes to Monte Carlo” - forbidden in Monte Carlo to enter casino, Lucy disobeys; wins a fortune; and hides the money from Ricky, with veteran supporting cast members, John Mylong and Louis A. Nicoletti, airing this date in 1956. Desi Arnaz, finding no takers to sponsor his ‘dream’ eight one-hour Lucy-Desi specials, went to Ford, (having done business with Ford when it earlier previewed it first retractable hardtop and knowing Ford was interested in introducing its new vehicle, the Edsel) a deal for five Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz specials was struck in early May, in 1957. Post Journal, Jamestown, NY: Hollywood (AP) by Cynthia Lowry: TV Characters Born In Variety Of Ways – Circumstances of births of TV characters are almost as varied as those in real life. Lucy Carmichael of The Lucy Show sprang from books,” published this date in 1963. Lucille Ball, Gary Morton, Lucie Arnaz, and Desi Arnaz IV, (the first occasion for the Arnazes offspring to appear as themselves on television, and the first time the four of them are presented as a family) appear on CBS’ Password, Season 3, Episode 33, (Lucille had taken great interest in games - had friends, including long-time friends Carole Cook and Mary Wickes, to her home for sessions of games), airing this date in 1964. Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Lucille Ball early-career co-star, 1938, as well as Desilu Studios-filmed, Fractured Flickers, 1963; appears with Vivian Vance (Lucy's Ethel Mertz), Password All-Stars, 1963; with Lucille, Bob Hope's 30th Anniversary Special, 1981; as well as with Lucille, via archival footage, Entertaining the Troops 1994; dies this date in 2000. Jamestown (NY) Post Journal, reports: “Genealogy: basics and beyond,” Lois Barris, Past-President, Chautauqua County Genealogical Society: “In Chautauqua County, our favorite celebrity is Lucille Ball,” published this date in 2005. Jamestown (NY) Post Journal, reports: “Lucy’s Brother Comes ‘Home’ For ‘Fest,” published this date in 2005. Everything Lucy Website: AOL’s Top 50 Best Comedies Ever features (“I Love Lucy”), at #9, posted on this date in 2008. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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