December 15, 2005

Legacy of Laughter in Hollywood Success

Saturday evening, December 10th, marked the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center's second ever "LOL", Legacy of Laughter - an interactive celebration and exploration of the healing power of humor. Following October’s enthusiastically received inaugural event in Jamestown, this new endeavor went on the road to Hollywood, California, again moderated by Center President Lucie Arnaz.

As Lucie noted in creating the LOL, she and her brother, Desi Arnaz, Jr., the Center’s vice-president, searched for some time for a way to explore, extend and celebrate the global impact that their parents created through their television show, "I Love Lucy".

Professionals who write, produce, research and use comedy made up the distinguished group of panelists.

Attorney Peter Baghdassarian is the Director of Business and Legal Affairs at Film Roman, the animation production studio of many well-known shows including The Simpsons and King of The Hill.

Marc Cherry is the creator and executive producer of ABC’s award-winning hit series Desperate Housewives.

Sam Denoff started as a writer for The Steve Allen Show and The Andy Williams Show, wrote for and created The Dick Van Dyke Show, That Girl, and Life With Bonnie, and has written and produced specials for Goldie Hawn, Julie Andrews, and Bill Cosby.

A veteran primetime network executive for both ABC and CBS Entertainment, Sherry Dunay Hilber is the founder and president of Rx Laughter, an innovative nonprofit project that is researching the link between comedy and health, with a focus on helping children and adolescents with cancer and other serious illnesses.

Robert Schimmel is an award winning stand-up comedian and writer who used humor to survive non-Hodgkins lymphoma and the death of his 11-year-old son from brain cancer.

Audience participation added to this lively, informative, inspiring - and often hilarious! -- event at the Howard Fine Acting Studio in Hollywood. Tom Gilbert, co-author of Desilu, was the producer for the evening.

Plans are for the next LOL to be held in New York City, continuing to fulfill the Center’s mission to preserve and celebrate the legacy of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz and enrich the world through the healing powers of love and laughter.

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