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WI_DEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 05:06 PM
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Today is Lucille Ball's 95th Birthday! Did you love Lucy?
Happy B-day Miss Ball, wherever you are and thanks for all the laughs!

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Book Lover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 05:19 PM
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1. Well, I respect what Desilu did in terms of TV production innovation
and I liked her B-movie career, before she was a redhead. But her shows never made me laugh. And how could I forget! If there were no Desilu, there would have been neither Star Trek nor Mission:Impossible. And if there were no Star Trek, I would have no reason to live. So thank you Miss Lucy.
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ohiosmith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 05:23 PM
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2. No.
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skygazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 05:25 PM
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3. I admire her success at a time when women were not considered
executive material. But I didn't like her character on TV at all. Even as a kid it grated on me (of course, I started a near-riot in kindergarten when I refused to sit in a pink chair so I may have a bit of a chip on my shoulder). It always made me cringe, and I think it's a bummer that she had to play a dumb, ditzy, dizzy woman to become a successful businesswoman.
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HiFructosePronSyrup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 05:26 PM
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4. I miss Lucy and Desi.
Lucy got all the credit but I think Desi had most of the talent.

:shrug:
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terrya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 05:27 PM
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5. "I Love Lucy" and "The Lucy Show"....sure
"Here's Lucy"...not quite.

"Life with Lucy"...a sad colossal mistake.
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 05:28 PM
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6. Miss Ball will be issuing no treats this year.
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calico1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 05:32 PM
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7. Yes, I did.
I have some of the shows on tape including her whole Hollywood trip. The real genius behind the shows success though was Desi. Without his vision I don't think the show would have been as successful.
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Joe Fields Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 05:34 PM
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8. I must tell you a little story about "I Love Lucy."
When my son, who is now 18, was just a toddler, he was fascinated by the show. He didn't pay much attention to other programs, but Lucy fascinated him. By the time he was seven, he had seen, and memorized every episode, had Lucy posters in his room, and knew the most minute of trivia concerning Lucille Ball and "I Love Lucy."

Wierd, huh?
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LA lady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 12:22 AM
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9. Isn't it August 6th?
hmm, according to encyclopedia it's Sunday.

Actually, I didn't "love" Lucy. I found her silly and demeaning to women. sorry.
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 12:32 AM
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10. Lucille Esmerelda McGillicuddy Ricardo, yes
Lucille Desiree Ball, no.
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reyd reid reed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 12:52 AM
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11. She was and still is...one of a kind.
Happy Birthday, Lucy!

:toast:

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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 01:25 AM
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12. No.
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karmaqueen Donating Member (417 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 01:33 AM
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13. Happy Birthday & Thanks!
I still love Lucy & will watch or at least listen if she is on. :silly:
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mykpart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 02:42 AM
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14. I did love Lucy
for the first 40 or so years. Then frankly I got sick & tired of her & her crazy antics!
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Dr Fate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 02:46 AM
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15. Some of the shows were funny when I was kid.
I have not seen an episode in years & years...
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Guava Jelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 04:04 AM
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16. nope she always screwed up Ricky's chances of stardom
she was selfish
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calico1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 08:49 AM
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19. How is that?
When the show was originally proposed the network wanted her character's husband to be played by the radio actor that played the part in the radio show that the series was based on. Lucy insisted that Arnaz be cast in the role. They didn't want him because they thought his accent and ethnic background would not go over well with the audience. It was due to her insistence that Arnaz was cast as Ricky. He was always overshadowed by her but its because she was such a big star on her own. Plus he was limited as far as what roles he could play because of his own background. He also had a bit of a drinking problem which didn't help him. As a producer though, he was very ingenious and successful. It was he who first used motion picture film to record the TV series. And to also move from using one, fixed camera to using several cameras that moved with the action. Notice the difference in quality to that show vs. "The Honeymooners." Hollywood, not Lucy did not ever give him the credit he deserved for his techniques which were very innovative at the time. Every episode of "I Love Lucy" was also recorded. Where only a fraction of "The Honeymooners" exists all of the "I Love Lucy" episodes still live on because they were all taped and using high quality film to record them which has allowed the quality to still remain.
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Tikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 08:36 AM
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17. No.
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ProfessorGAC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 08:46 AM
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18. Not Really
I don't disrespect her, given her business accomplishments as a woman in the 50's. But, i never thought she was the least bit funny. A one trick pony, and her physical humor was poor.

But, all the same, happy 95th Lucy.
The Professor
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sarge43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 09:28 AM
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20. No.
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