August 02, 2006

Lucille Balls' 95th Birthday Celebration!

This Sunday, August 6th would have marked Lucille Ball's 95th birthday. This weekend in Jamestown, N.Y. - where Lucy was born and has since been buried and where a major Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz museum now exists - they'll be having a Lucy birthday blowout, with Lucy-Desi fans expected from all over the globe.

The organizers, led by Ric Wyman, executive director of the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center in Jamestown, have scheduled three days of events starting on Friday the 4th, including such special guests as "Lucy" film editor Dann Cahn, "Lucy" co-writer Bob Schiller, former Desilu contractee Carole Cook and a "Lucy" semi-regular, the amazing 101-year-old actor
Charles Lane. Lane's hundreds of television appearances included roles in at least a half-dozen classic episodes of "I Love Lucy”, and he was a first-season regular on The Lucy Show.

There also will be a large-scale Lucy-Desi memorabilia collectors' show, seminars, picnics, a boat cruise, town tour of Lucy sights, book signings by authors of Lucy-Desi tomes and screenings of various Desilu TV episodes, including one from Lucy's last TV series that never aired.

Guests also will be able to see two rarely seen RKO features that the comedy genius made before her days as a major star: 1938's "Affairs of Annabel" and "Annabel Takes a Tour" (Lucy as a saucy starlet who'll stop at nothing to get publicity, aided by a indefatigable publicist, played in both by the comical Jack Oakie).

For more information or to order tickets for any events, please visit the Lucy-Desi Museum's web site.

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