February 06, 2012

Lucille Ball, Business Woman who Revolutionized Business

Some things change but one thing is for sure - nothing good comes out of Missouri when it's a snotty "teacher wanna-be" blonde.  I guess some people feel threatened if they don't come up often enough on the internet.  But that takes knowing a thing or two about SEM.  Well in doing a little research, I can understand why they feel threatened and will go out of their way to threaten others and do more time in running around in fear instead of producing.

One thing about Lucy - she was open to change and open to sharing information and willing to change and adapt.  She accepted everyone and that included the gay and lesbian community.  She wouldn't fall for today's conservatives and was a proud red-headed liberal that stood up for her convictions.  This is fact and nothing Ms. Missouri can do will ever change that.  She stood up to the "Red Scare" and fear from conservatives and she won.

First Couple of Comedy
Lucy took on a man's world and changed it for herself. It was Lucy who was in charge at Desilu, not her husband, Desi Arnaz. While reviewing the Broadway hit, Too Many Girls, back in New York for RKO, which had the movie rights, Lucy first layed her eyes on a bright new Cuban star, Desi Arnaz. She was mesmerized by his appearance. While producing films for Columbia Pictures, CBS offered Lucy a Radio show based upon the book, Mr. and Mrs. Cugat by Isabelle Scott Rorick. Lucy was interested, especially if Desi could costar, but the big brass at CBS thought he was not the type to play a typical American husband. CBS turned a deaf ear to her proposal and she was teamed with Richard Denning in My Favorite Husband.

With the success of My Favorite Husband, CBS began talking about taking the show to television. Lucy saw the possibility of a television series as an opportunity to not only take her radio success to another level, but as an ideal way to mesh career and marriage into one by working with Desi on the same show.

Lucy refused to do the show without Desi, which was a major stumbling block for CBS. In order to get CBS to agree and as a way to promote themselves Lucy and Desi formed a partnership, launching Desilu Productions in the Spring of 1950. They took their vaudeville act on the road, which eventually became the Pilot for the I Love Lucy show featuring Pepito Perez, the renowned Spanish clown.

NBC became interested in the two and thought they made an attractive package, with Lucille's film and radio career and Ricky's nightclub and recording contract with RCA. CBS had no other offer except to accept the two and abruptly okayed the television sitcom that Lucy wanted with Desi portraying her husband.

With that, one of the greatest sitcoms of all time had been formed.

The Spark Continues On
She remained the top comedian for more then the next 3 decades on television. Even today, Lucille Ball remains America's most popular TV comedienne, known for her henna red hair and slapstick comedy routines.

She starred in five different TV shows during her career; the original, I Love Lucy (1951-57), became one of the great TV landmarks of the 1950s and continues today on TV across the world. The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show, known in reruns as The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (1957-60) followed the I Love Lucy format in an hour-long show. After Lucy's divorce from Desi Arnaz, she went on with her friend, Vivian Vance to The Lucy Show (1962-68). Afterwards, she contined with her children in Here's Lucy (1968-1974). Although it seemed she would retire from TV Comedy series, she came back briefly in 1986 with Life With Lucy.

Lucy may be gone now, but she will continue to be with us as long as we have Television!

So there you have it - one woman who is head and shoulders over a "blonde".  And unlike others, please feel free to copy and share and distribute anything and everything.  It is nothing more then flattery as well as keeping the information flowing freely for all to enjoy, which is the true nature of the internet!

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