Thursday, August 06, 2015
Happy Birthday to the stunning beauty and brilliant comedienne who was Lucille Ball! The thing I loved the most about Lucy was that although she often came across as "daffy", she was always the smartest person in the room.
Little known Lucille Ball facts:
1) She screen-tested for the role of Scarlett O'Hara in GONE WITH THE WIND
2) Although Ethel seemed much older on I LOVE LUCY, Lucy was only two years younger than her compatriot-in-mischief, Vivian Vance. Vivian Vance also had a clause in her contract stating she could never weigh less than Lucy. (I'm trying to work out the same deal with Christina Dodd but she won't bite! ;))
3) There would be no Star Trek without Lucy. Lucy and the studio she founded with Desi Arnaz (Desilu) are entirely responsible for the existence of STAR TREK and Lucy was the one who personally gave them the green light. I once heard Gene Roddenberry's son speak at a Star Trek convention in Las Vegas and he said when they were filming the Star Trek pilot, they looked over and someone was sweeping the corner of the studio and it was Lucille Ball.