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January 21, 2010 |
Bart Andrews, a prolific author of TV trivia tomes who wrote "The 'I Love Lucy' Book," an early definitive appreciation of the classic sitcom, has died. He was 64. Andrews died Dec. 26 at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center following a heart attack, said his sister, Cathy LaGreca. After a series of strokes, he had moved four years ago from West Hollywood to a nursing home in Los Angeles. "He was the first guy to ever write a history of the 'Lucy' show. It was the first book," said Lucie Arnaz, daughter of the program's stars, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.
June 17, 1989 |
When Laurence Luckinbill learned that he had landed the role of Sybok in Paramount's new "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier," he went out to his back-yard hammock, sank into it, and just cried. "I cried about many years of rejection and many years of denying that the rejection was there," says the 54-year-old performer. "All actors go through the same thing. You deny the rejection because you can't live with it if you admit it all the time." Luckinbill, whose "Star Trek V" portrayal of Mr. Spock's passionate half-brother, is hoping that Sybok takes him where no character has before: into feature-film stardom.
June 29, 2012 |
Doris Singleton, an actress on "I Love Lucy" who played one of Lucy and Ricky Ricardo's neighbors and called her character "Lucy's nemesis," has died. She was 92. Singleton died Tuesday in Los Angeles from complications of cancer, according to her nephew Henry Isaacs. Lucie Arnaz, the daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz , posted on Facebook that Singleton died the same day that writer-director Nora Ephron passed away, according to the Associated Press.
April 27, 2010 |
Blame it on MGM. Back in 1953, Paramount was holding a test screening in Bakersfield for "I Love Lucy: The Movie." It featured three episodes — "The Benefit," "Breaking the Lease" and "The Ballet" — from the first season of the classic CBS sitcom starring Lucille Ball and her husband, Desi Arnaz, as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, as well as 12 minutes of new footage to bridge the episodes. Arnaz, who not only produced the series but also ran Desilu Productions, had invited executives from MGM. They had signed the couple to star in a big new Technicolor comedy, "The Long, Long Trailer," which was to be released in 1954 and directed by Vincente Minnelli.
July 17, 1990 |
Hello friends. I'm your Vitametavegamin girl. Do you poop out at parties? Hello friends. I'm your Vitametavegamin girl. Hello friends . . . . Kymberly Tucker came all the way from Dallas, clutching a Lucille Ball biography and photographs of herself impersonating the great comic actress. A landscaper who bears a terrific resemblance to Ball, she even brought a mock People magazine cover with a shot of herself smiling as Lucy. Denise Harrington flew in from Boston.
September 25, 1996 |
The San Francisco Giants came to town Tuesday night, with their lineup of Barry Bonds and eight other guys wearing caps. I didn't recognize any of them. I think the real Giants got kidnapped by Robert De Niro, and these were eight dudes San Francisco found at the last minute, who bought their jerseys at Foot Locker. These were not your father's San Francisco Giants. The old Giants, they would come to town with men named Willie and one called the "Baby Bull," and they would beat on you like Desi Arnaz on a bongo.
October 22, 2013 |
There was never any doubt that "I Love Lucy" was full of color. But for those whose imaginations need some help, CBS will air in December a one-hour special featuring two newly colorized classic episodes of the 1950s series. The "I Love Lucy Christmas Special" will consist of the seldom seen "Christmas Episode" and the grape-stomping classic "Lucy's Italian Movie," airing Friday, Dec. 20, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The show -- which featured Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, and Vivian Vance and William Frawley as the Ricardos' friends and landlords, Fred and Ethel Mertz -- is celebrating its 62nd anniversary.
April 30, 1989 |
The death of Lucille Ball last Wednesday at 77 tugged the heartstrings of America and indeed the world. Tributes dubbed her the "Queen of Comedy." Former President Ronald Reagan said: "Just the mention of her name brings a smile." Much has been said about Lucille Ball's life, her popularity and her buoyantly dizzy comic style. But what has perhaps been lost in the past few days' outpouring of emotion is the debt that the television industry owes to Ball and her long-time partner, Desi Arnaz.
July 10, 2011
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