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I Love Lucy Day

I Love Lucy DayOctober 15 is I Love Lucy Day!

I Love Lucy, an award-winning sitcom starring quirky husband and wife duo Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, premiered on American television on this day in 1951. The show’s premise revolved around Desi, a Cuban-born singer and bandleader, and Lucy, a housewife with the uncanny ability to get her husband or herself in trouble whenever she tried to break into show business (which was quite often).

The show’s concept was based off of a radio show Ball starred in for two years which was mildly popular called “My Favorite Husband.” Taking this concept to the new media of television and bringing her real-life husband with her, I Love Lucy was born. The show skyrocketed Lucille Ball into stardom after spending years as a B movie actor because of her knack for slapstick physical comedy, and her creation of a character America simply could not live without. I Love Lucy was the first scripted TV show to be shot in front of a live studio audience on 35 mm film. Rather than just shooting with one camera, the show was shot with three, so that the director would not have to retake the same scene several times to get all the different shots needed. Scenes were often not re-shot even if the actors made mistakes with their lines. Instead, they would improvise to get extra laughs from the live audience.

During the show’s run, Desi and Lucy created their own production company called “Desilu” to produce the show themselves and thus have greater control over their own work. Part of Desilu’s legacy in television was the creation of the rerun. When Lucy gave birth to her and Desi’s two children, she needed time to recover, so older episodes of the show were rerun much to America’s approval.

I Love Lucy DayAfter an incredibly successful 10 years, Lucy and Desi decided to cancel the show. The overwhelming pressures of the industry and living a life in the spotlight became too much for the couple, and they were soon after divorced. Ball became the president of Desilu and shortly after made a return to television with The Lucy Showonce again portraying the well-loved character she created and featuring one of her I Love Lucy co-stars, Vivian Vance. Though it never reached the status that I Love Lucy did in sitcom history, The Lucy Show (later called Here’s Lucy) enjoyed a successful combined twelve-year run.

I Love Lucy won five Emmy awards including “Best Situation Comedy” and “Best Comedienne” (Lucille Ball) plus several other nominations. The show was ranked #2 on TV Guide‘s “50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time” in 2002, second only to Seinfeld, and was also listed on Time magazine’s “100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME” in 2007.  Reruns of I Love Lucy are still broadcast all over the world, and it has an American audience of 40 million each year.

Watch a montage of some of the most hilarious moments of I Love Lucy here!

Sources: Every Day is SpecialWikipedia, PBS.org

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Lucille Ball Died

American comedian, actress, and television executive Lucille Ball died of an aneurysm at the age of 77 on April 26, 1989.

Lucille Desiree Ball was born on August 6, 1911 in Jamestown, New York. She attended the JohnMurrayAndersonSchool for the Dramatic Arts in New York City, which had also produced starlet Bette Davis.

During the 1930s and 1940s, Lucy was known as the “Queen of B’s” for the amount of starring roles she held in B-movies, but she never really achieved great stardom until she made the transition to television. Lucille Ball met Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz in 1940 while filming Too Many Girls, and the two eloped the same year.

I Love Lucy premiered in 1951 and proved to be a great success, starring Lucille Ball as Lucy and Desi Arnaz as Lucy’s husband Ricky. It was the most watched television show of its time and is frequently listed on television All-Time lists year after year.

After I Love Lucy, Lucille Ball went on to produce and star in The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here’s Lucy, and Life with Lucy. She became the first woman to run a television studio and had one of Hollywood’s most lengthy careers, especially on the small screen.

Sources: Wikipedia, Biography

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