Saturday, April 26, 2014

We still love Lucy!

25 years ago today, we lost the greatest comedienne who has ever lived. We miss you, Lucy.

"One of the worst things the studio people did was shave off
my eyebrows. We were all trying to look like Jean Harlow."

Lucille spent two years re-learning how to walk after
being stricken with rheumatoid arthritis at 19.

Using the name "Diane Belmont," Lucille started work as
a chorus girl on Broadway in 1932.

She was known as Queen of the B movies

She was friends with some of Hollywood's biggest actresses,
including Ginger Rogers and Carole Lombard.

When Lucille was a teenager, her mother sent her to drama school 
in New York City, where she was in classes with Bette Davis.
Lucille said, "All I learned in drama school was how to be frightened."

Desi and Lucille met in 1940 and married soon after. 
They had a rocky relationship, though they were deeply in love.

Technicolor Tessie of the 1940s

The studio dyed her hair her trademark red for the film
DuBarry Was A Lady in 1943.

MGM publicity shot

 Lucille started on the CBS radio show My Favorite Husband
 in 1948.

Her favorite movie she appeared in was The Big Street in 1942 
with Henry Fonda.

Lucille had the longest association with Max Factor
out of anyone in Hollywood.

"One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn't pay to get discouraged.
Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your
faith in yourself."

She has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
One for motion pictures, and one for television.

Lucille suffered three miscarriages before having her two
children, Lucie and Desi Jr. She was 39 & 41, respectively, when 
she gave birth to her children.

Lucy claimed that her friend, Carole Lombard, who had passed away
in a plane accident in 1942, came to her in a dream and told her to
"give it a whirl!" in regards to I Love Lucy.

Lucille and Desi performed a Vaudeville act in the early 1950s.
Some of their acts were performed in I Love Lucy episodes.

I Love Lucy began its 6 season run in 1951.

After I Love Lucy, the Ricardos and Mertzes continued their
hijinx on The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour until 1960.

In 1953, Lucille went on trial and was accused of being a Communist.
She was later acquitted after disproving the claims.

When Desi and Lucille created DesiLu,
she became the first female to head a production company.

Lucille and Desi divorced in 1960, shortly after The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour

In 1960, Lucille appeared on Broadway once again, 
this time in Wildcat.

Lucille also starred in two other sitcoms, The Lucy Show and later Life With Lucy.
She also made a few films in the 1960s.

Lucille attempted a comeback in the 1980s, hosting a retrospect of Three's Company.
She also made Stone Pillow, a movie which was not widely accepted.

Lucille passed away after complications from surgery on April 26, 1989.

I love you, Lucy!! 

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