October 13, 2006

Book Confirms Mertzes Hatred

A book by Brian Thomsen, "The Awful Truths: Famous Myths, Hilariously Debunked" reveals celebrity misconceptions to set the record straight. Amoung them is that The Mertzes hated each other. Ethel and Fred Mertz, played by Vivian Vance and William Frawley, were the landlords and best friends of the Ricardos on TV’s "I Love Lucy." Although the Mertzes’ disagreements were usually limited to occasional bickering, off screen, Vance and Frawley "simply loathed each other."

Among other is Johnny Cash was never a prison inmate. St. Patrick was not born in Ireland. John Wayne never served in the armed forces and The "Birdman of Alcatraz" never kept birds at Alcatraz.

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