October 27, 2006

Lucille Ball Lemons and Lemonade?

It seems that 4 little dried up lemons once owned by Lucille Ball was able to be sold on eBay for only $152.

As reported at the Daily Southtown, Sean Lindsay sold the dried up fruit on eBay but originally picked up the items from someone who purchased them at an estate sale.

I wonder if he had a COA for these? Doubt it. Now where did I put that old bolgne sandwich!!

October 25, 2006

I Love Lucy Scrapbook

Unlike the Lucy-Desi Scrapbook that chronicles the real life of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, The Official I Love Lucy Scrapbook by Elisabeth Edwards details the lifes of Lucy and Ricky Ricardo of "I Love Lucy" fame!

All 193 episodes are covered with hundreds of photos, facts and authentic personal notes! There are rare photos of never-before-seen Little Ricky's Birth Certificate from "Lucy Goes to the Hospital", a candy wrapper from "Job Switching," and Lucy and Ethel' sightseeing tour bus tickets from "The Tour" along with the label from Vitameatavegamin and Ricky's telegram to the Marriage License Bureau in "Hollywood Anniversary".

Written by the longtime author and friend of the Arnaz family, Edwards combines her experiences and historic materials to produce an unforgettable memento for all Lucy fans!

You can get this new book directly from Amazon.com for $23.10 or you can pay $35.00 at the Lucy-Desi Museum Store.

The I Love Lucy Scrapbook was based on her previous book, Lucy & Desi: A Real-Life Scrapbook of America's Favorite TV Couple. This book contains authentic memorabilia that provides a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the lives of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Included were letters, contracts, documents, and news clippings as well as photos that Lucy and Desi had kept in their own private scrapbook! This is available from Amazon.com as well for $22.10.

The author, Elisabeth Edwards will be signing her book at the Desilu Playhouse in downtown Jamestown, NY (Lucy's hometown) this coming Saturday, October 28th! Her other books include, The "I Love Lucy Guide to Life" and "I Love Lucy: Fifty Years of Love & Laughter".

October 24, 2006

Could "The Lucy Show" Series Come Out On DVD

With the upcoming release of "The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour" on DVD in February of next year, could the release of Lucy's series, "The Lucy Show" be far behind?

This was a question posed to Tom Watson of The Lucy Fan website. His answer:

To answer the big question: at this time no one (but the fans) is actively discussing whether or not to release the series on DVD. Normally, a distributor waits until one volume is on the market before it commits itself to the next. This has been true of CBS throughout the six years it has been issuing "I Love Lucy." Add to that the fact that "The Lucy Show" is an entirely different series -- and one can see it will be a while before anyone has an announcement to make, one way or the other. If "The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour" set sells as well as we all expect, it will bode very well for the argument to start "The Lucy Show."

October 16, 2006

I Love Lucy Cast Spats Not Uncommon

An article from CBS News reports that not everything was rosy on the set of "I Love Lucy". For one, it is believed Lucille Ball made Vivian Vance (left) wear dresses two sizes too small to make her look frumpy.

The recent spat between two actors on Grey's Anatomy attests to this fact. It goes on to report:

It turns out there was even conflict on "I Love Lucy," where the cast seemed to be getting along so well. But it was not the case.

"Going back to the 50's, there were reports that Lucille Ball made Vivian Vance wear dresses that were two sizes too small to make her look frumpy by comparison. Vance was also very dissatisfied with her co-star, her husband played William Frawley, who was 22 years her senior. She felt very insulted by the fact that she was playing the wife of a man in her words "that was old enough to be her father.

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.

October 10, 2006

From I Love Lucy to YouTube

The impact of YouTube is undeniable on our culture and our ability to create and view video. But as reported from The Atlantic Monthly, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz pioneered our way to watch syndicated television many times over.

When Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were bringing I Love Lucy to the airwaves in 1951, videotape didn’t exist yet. The only way to create a permanent record of a televised moment was to use a technique called kinescoping, in which a movie camera recorded off a television monitor. Since the country had yet to be linked for live broadcast, viewers in the western half of the country generally had to make do with kinescoped copies of the live productions coming out of New York. Lucy and Desi wanted to make their show in Los Angeles, where they lived, but corporate sponsors insisted that New York audiences—then the country’s largest advertising market—see higher-quality productions than kinescoping offered. The solution: have three movie cameras simultaneously record the performance on a stage in front of a studio audience, with a director stitching together the feeds into a cohesive whole. So was born the three-camera sitcom, television’s most dominant and enduring format.

October 09, 2006

Lucie Arnaz missed out in a part in Grease

Seems like Lucie Arnaz missed out on the part played by Stockard Channing in the 1978 movie "Grease".

In an article from the San Francisco Chronicle, Lucie's mother, Lucille Ball, would not allow her to do a test for the character in the movie, so she was passed on!

How many other celebrities missed what would become movie legends!

Paper Dolls Could Be Worth More Than Their Weight

Paper Dolls of celebrities, such as Marilyn Monroe, Debbie Reynolds, Lucille Ball and Roy Rogers and Dale Evans are favorites and could be worth more than their weight according to an article in the Tuscan Citizen.

But it warns, what is popular now might not be desirable in the future, so only collect what you like. I'd say this goes for any collectable, don't buy cause you think it would fetch you a retirement in the future!

October 05, 2006

I Love Lucy: The Movie

As reported on the Museum of TV and Radio, The Lucy Movie will be included in the upcoming release of The Lucy Desi Comedy Hour, due out in February 2007.

The movie was actually three episodes of the sitcom, "The Ballet," "The Benefit" and "Breaking the Lease," which were linked together with 12 minutes of specially shot footage featuring Ball, Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley — who made up the classic quartet of Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel.

The movie was a behind-the-scenes look at "I Love Lucy," which began with two audience members waiting in line for the show and then shows Arnaz warming up the studio audience and introducing the cast.

As part of Friday's program, Oppenheimer will also screen the unfinished opening credits featuring stick figures of Lucy and Desi as well as some never-before-seen color footage of the "I Love Lucy" set and cast that was secretly taken by an audience member.

"Lucille Ball was so close to the museum and did quite a few seminars for us before she died," Simon said. "We always wanted to have as complete a "Lucy" collection as possible."

That footage as well as "I Love Lucy: The Movie" will be included in a DVD boxed set of 13 one-hour episodes of the show that aired from 1957-60. They will be released as seasons seven, eight and nine, but in a single DVD package. It is set to be released in early 2007.

Read the whole story on the MTR Website.