November 13, 2013 |
Shirley Mitchell, a veteran film and TV actress who was believed to be the last surviving adult cast member of TV's legendary sitcom "I Love Lucy," has died at 94. Mitchell, who played Lucy's friend Marion during the 1953-54 season, died of heart failure at her home in Westwood on Monday, according to the Hollywood Reporter. She was the widow of Oscar-winning songwriter Jay Livingston, who cowrote classic tunes including "Que Sera Sera" and "Mona Lisa. " PHOTOS: Notable deaths of 2013 Lucille Ball, who played the title role in "I Love Lucy," died in 1989, the last survivor of the four principals (the others were her husband, Desi Arnaz Sr., along with Vivian Vance and William Frawley, who played their neighbors, Fred and Ethel Mertz)
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.
July 26, 2013 |
Mementos from the life and work of Lucille Ball are hitting the auction block. Hollywood memorabilia auctioneer Profiles in History will be putting what is being described as the “finest collection” of the “I Love Lucy” star's papers, costumes and other items ever offered up for sale on Tuesday in Los Angeles. The star of the auction is Ball's signature polka dot dress that she wore as Lucy Ricardo on the series. It is estimated to sell for $40,000-$60,000. Other items include Ball's signed contract with producer Sam Goldwyn for her earliest films, including 1933's “Roman Scandals,” which is expected to sell for $1,000-$1,500; her striped dress suit from the 1950 Bob Hope comedy “Fancy Pants” has been estimated at $4,000-$6,000; a fox stole she wore in the third season of “I Love Lucy” is expected to fetch $3,000-$5,000; and a blue skirt featured in the classic John Wayne episode of the pioneering CBS comedy series is expected to go for $2,000-$3,000.
HOME & GARDEN
February 9, 2013 |
I was 45 minutes late to our first date at Osteria Mozza when the Cute Gardener took one look at me over the rim of his glasses, pushed a menu toward me and asked if I would mind if we just ordered a bunch of plates to share. Flustered from my driving experience -- it took me nearly two hours to get from Venice Beach to Melrose Avenue on the windiest night of the year -- I sputtered: "Yes, you can have bites of all my stuff. " "I can have bites of your stuff?" he asked, in a deep and sexy voice that I have come to love.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 2012 |
Using a newly developed editing machine that he dubbed the "three-headed monster," Dann Cahn pioneered multi-camera editing on sitcoms in the 1950s while helping to craft a classic, "I Love Lucy. " "Lucy" broke ground in television by employing three cameras instead of one for filming, a then-novel system that allowed an episode to be filmed as though it were a stage play -- continuously and in sequence. But the abundance of footage overwhelmed editors, who quickly sought out a cutting-edge contraption that was being created for the game show "Truth or Consequences," Cahn later recalled.
September 20, 2012 |
The last new episode of "I Love Lucy" was broadcast over 50 years ago, but the classic sitcom is still a cash cow for CBS. Speaking at Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference in New York on Thursday, CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves said "I Love Lucy" is still delivering about $20 million in revenue. Reruns of the show still run on a regular basis on the cable channel TV Land. During much of the interview, Moonves stressed the value of CBS' new and old content, particularly as new platforms such as Netflix and Amazon are spending heavily for product.