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The family and friends of Lucille Ball, as well as lots and lots of press, turned up at Universal Studios on Monday night for a cocktail reception honoring the late comedienne. It was the official unveiling of "Lucy: A Tribute," a studio tour exhibit that daughter Lucie Arnaz called "tasteful, and fun, and forever."
April 27, 1989 | CHARISSE JONES and HECTOR TOBAR, Times Staff Writers
Presidents, famous actors, television executives, neighbors and tourists all had their memories. Some had known her; most had not. In form their sentiments ranged from flowers to telegrams to hand-lettered signs. Through them all ran a single, constant thread. They all said they loved Lucy, and they'll miss her. From former President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan: "Lucille Ball was a gifted comedienne who brought laughter to millions the world over. Her red hair, her antics on the screen, her timing and her zest for life made her an American institution."
The '50s TV comedy series "I Love Lucy" continues to be a major home-video attraction. The latest addition to the collection of "Lucy" videos is CBS' "Babalu Music!," a 52-minute compilation of some of the musical performances on the show. It sells for $14.98 on video and $29.98 on laserdisc. Pop-music parodist Weird Al Yankovic--a hard-core "Lucy" fan--was hired to sift through all the shows and come up with numbers for the tape.
July 10, 2011 | By Jay Jones, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Even though she was born 100 years ago next month and her mega-hit TV show premiered 60 years ago this October, there remains a single truth about Lucille Ball: We still love Lucy. "I Love Lucy" is in black and white, and the fashions are outdated, but the show continues to air in 80 countries and has been dubbed in 21 languages. Her fans are multigenerational. "My daughter is 15 and she just loves it," said Ginger Atkins, whose husband, Scott, treated her to a trip to Jamestown — Ball's hometown — for their 23rd anniversary.
April 12, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
CBS has announced that a previously unseen, 40-year-old, 34-minute pilot for the "I Love Lucy" series will air Monday, April 30. The one-hour special, hosted by Lucie Arnaz, daughter of the late comedian and her late husband, Desi Arnaz, will also include interviews and clips from some of the most popular shows in the all-time favorite series.
April 27, 1989 | HOWARD ROSENBERG, Times Television Critic
"Oh, Ricky. . . ." How many times--and in how many languages--have TV viewers across the globe heard that line from Lucille Ball as the huggably wacky housewife in "I Love Lucy"? So many times and in so many languages that Lucy was one of the most beloved and recognizable figures in the world when she died Wednesday at age 77. There hasn't been a more enduring TV star or TV series. As Lucy Ricardo in the globally syndicated "I Love Lucy," Lucy remains, even after her death, a common denominator for nations, continents and hemispheres, doing in entertainment what others have not accomplished in professional diplomacy.
October 11, 1990 | From Reuters
A British satellite television station plans a comedy series on the home life of Adolf Hitler, his lover, Eva Braun, and their Jewish neighbors. "As with many of the best comedy series . . . 'Heil Honey, I'm Home' deals with some sensitive topics," said John Gau, director of programs at British Satellite Broadcasting, which plans to air the show next year. The show will be based on the situation comedy format that proved so popular for such classics as "I Love Lucy."
April 20, 1989 | CHARISSE JONES, Times Staff Writer
One fan stayed up all night watching her black-and-white reruns, then went to the hospital and gave blood in her name. Others came by the dozens to her Beverly Hills mansion and taped get-well cards to the front door. Michael Jackson, the singer, called her husband just to say he cared. All because they love Lucy. Telegrams, telephone calls, and even notes sent by facsimile machine on Wednesday poured into the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where Lucille Ball was recovering from emergency heart surgery.
April 27, 1989 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, Times Arts Editor
Lucille Ball, whose death Wednesday morning at the age of 77 will be the most widely and deeply felt show-business loss in recent memory, was the movies' greatest gift to television. It turned out to be one of Sam Goldwyn's finest and most prophetic hours when he signed her as one of his Goldwyn Girls to appear in "Roman Scandals" with Eddie Cantor in 1933. She had had bit parts in two earlier films but "Roman Scandals" was the one that gave her a firmer foothold on the slippery slopes of a Hollywood career.
Oh, Ricky! TV Land has some new famous residents--Lucy and Ricky Ricardo and Fred and Ethel Mertz. Yep. I Love Lucy, the mother of all TV sitcoms, joins Nickelodeon's Nick at Nite lineup Monday with a weeklong marathon of classic episodes. "I Love Lucy" debuted on CBS on Oct. 15, 1951 and was an instant hit. Though the series left the airwaves in 1957, it's lived on in syndication and is considered one of the best comedies ever produced.
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