October 18, 2007

Jamestown Article on Carol Burnett Donation

The Jamestown Post Journal posted an article on October 12th regarding the Carol Burnett Donation to the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center. Carol Burnett is donating two television episodes that likely haven’t been seen in public since they originally aired in the 1950s.

When Carol Burnett awoke on her 56th birthday in 1989, she learned on the morning news that Lucille Ball had died. Later that afternoon, the flowers she received every year arrived at her home with the note "Happy Birthday, Kid. Love, Lucy."

"From an archival perspective, these programs have also been invaluable in helping us document the wardrobe that Lucy wore on these shows. Until Ms. Burnett’s offer to help, we had no images of Lucy from these TV appearances — no footage, no photographs,’’ Wyman said. ‘‘We have many costumes and personal attire in our archives for which our collections manager continues to research the provenance. These programs helped document several costumes for us."

Read the article for more information. For more information about the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center, call 484-0800 or visit their website.

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