Decades Later, We Still Love Lucy

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Lucille Ball, one of TV’s earliest and zaniest madwomen, appeared on the highly rated I Love Lucy show from 1951 to 1957. Cast as the wife of the sophisticated Tropicana Club bandleader Ricky Ricardo, Lucy was the madcap redhead whose aspirations to be a star in her own right inevitably landed her in hot water. Her hysterical co-conspirator was the brilliant Vivian Vance.

The Ricardos lived in swanky Manhattan, and the most famous celebrities passed through their lives, either as fellow performers or as a result of Lucy’s relentless star stalking. Despite the affluent glamour of her life, Lucy aspired for more, much like Ralph Kramden’s (The Honeymooners) burning desire to transcend his minimum-wage life.

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While her delivery and timing were impeccable and she could hysterically goose her husband’s unctuous Latin speech and mannerisms, Lucy’s comedic genius resided in her physicality. Her face was a brilliant canvas, expressing hundreds of wordless emotions. One of TV’s greatest moments occurred when she and her partner-in-crime, Ethel Mertz, got a job on a candy-assembly line. They had to pack an assortment of sweets quickly, as the product passed by at an ever-faster speed. Wonderful stuff. Life imitated art, as well, when Lucy’s real-life pregnancy transfixed America, crescendoing with the birth of Little Ricky/Desi, Jr.

Lucy continued on TV and in movies after I Love Lucy left the airwaves. She grew into a formidable (and very rich) entertainment executive at Desilu Productions, where she was the first woman to head a studio. She appeared on more TV Guide covers than anyone; the magazine named I Love Lucy the second-best TV show ever, after Seinfeld. And Google bestowed upon her a very modern accolade: On August 6th, 2011, when Lucy would have been 100 years old, the famous search engine displayed an interactive doodle featuring six of her best TV moments.

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