Saturday, August 6, 2011

I Love Lucy!!!

It's Lucille Ball's 100th birthday but happy birthday Lucille Ball didn't seem like a sufficiently descriptive title. She is a pioneer of television, a woman with star power even after she turned 40 (as if!), and the first woman to run a major television studio. Oh yeah, she's an icon.

Lucy's pre-TV background in B-movies and vaudeville informed the style of broad comedy in the show. And Desilu produced a couple more enduring shows (The Andy Griffith Show, Mission: Impossible, The Untouchables, Make Room for Daddy, I Spy, and That Girl to name just a few). Imagine how much more successful she would have been if she hadn't married that Mexican Cuban! I totally kid--Arnaz is also a television pioneer, and he secured one of the most savvy business deals in television history by retaining the rights to I Love Lucy, garnering them gazillions of dollars from reruns, of which there have been some... and name another Hispanic television star besides him and George Lopez (Charo doesn't count).

I think I heard that every minute of the day, I Love Lucy is airing somewhere in the world. I'm not sure if that's still true, or if it's been replaced by Family Guy. But certainly more than Raymond, everyone loves Lucy.

FUN FACT: Ball and Arnaz had 2 kids together, and John and I met 1 of them: Lucie Arnaz (AKA Lucie Arnaz-Luckinbill). We saw her in the wonderfully fun Dirty, Rotten Scoundrels (he's seen her more) and walked her to the subway after the matinee. I told her to say hi to husband Larry for us (Luckinbill, duh)... I wonder if she ever did.

Happy birthday dude! Rest in peace!

1 comment:

Johnny K said...

Desilu also created a little known TV show called Star Trek. Live long and prosper bitches!