Lucille Ball 100th Birthday
August 8, 2011 by staff
Lucille Ball 100th Birthday, More than 900 painted red, red-haired women – and men – gathered near a “Vitameatavegamin” sign in the hometown of “I Love Lucy” star Lucille Ball to commemorate its 100th birthday this weekend, setting a record for most of the world like Lucy.
Upswept hairstyles Sporting black and blue polka dot dress, the crowd of 915 on Saturday Lucy Ricardos established the first Guinness world record in her honor. It was all part of the annual festival of Lucy in Jamestown, which drew fans from as far away as Australia to the city normally dream of 30,000 people in upstate New York.
“This is a once in a lifetime experience. It has to be the best time of my life,” said Cindy Wilson, 22, of Cleveland, Ohio.
Wilson began to see the “I Love Lucy” show in reruns when I was 7 years old and has a stick figure Lucy tattoo on her left foot, while the sitcom husband Ricky adorns her right. She said her fiance’s name is Ricky, and joked that is one reason to marry him.
Through generations and gender, Lucy lovers swirling in the center of a square a mural painted with the word “Vitameatavegamin” three feet high letters. For fans of Lucy, the dye made famous well known in the television series long-term needs no explanation.
Some clubbers recite the word in unison; others sang “Happy Birthday” in honor of what would have been the 100th anniversary of the ball on 6 August.
Amid the uproar, a man proposed to his girlfriend, both wearing gowns printed with the image of a polka dot dress and holding cardboard cutouts of Lucy’s face, according to the Guinness qualifying guidelines. She said yes and the crowd roared.
Kelly Wright, a natural redhead Grand Valley, Pennsylvania, just had one of her own polka dot dresses to look the part.
Local resident Steve Waterson put on a shirt with pictures, but lacked the lipstick participants needed to be considered a true Lucy.
Floating in the waves of Lucys some people dressed Ricky, played in the series by Desi Arnaz ball real life husband and their neighbors Fred and Ethel Mertz TV, which often took care of Little Ricky Ricardo.
“I Love Lucy” ran for 179 episodes from 1951 to 1957 and has been in reruns for decades since.
A fact sheet distributed by the sponsor of the festival, the Lucy-Desi Center, said 40 million people tuned in to watch the birth of Little Ricky in 1953. That compares with the relatively modest 29 million who saw the inauguration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower the following day.
Michael Stern, whose new book “I had a ball, my friendship with Lucille Ball” is the only account of this type allowed by the children of the ball and Arnaz, told Reuters that the relationship began when a 12-year-old grew up in Los Angeles, won the chance to meet Ball.
“I brought my photo album to her mother and she said ‘Would you like to know?’” Said Stern.
The two formed a kind of relationship of mother and son, years later, he said. “She said, ‘Look, Michael, you can be my No. 1 fan, but you have to get a job and stay in school.’… She was very serious, very down to earth.”
The two used to catch reruns of the series in the 1980s. Ball never, he said, laughed at herself on screen.
“It would be critical of itself.’d See Fred and Ethel and Ricky and laugh at the jokes,” he said.
The five-day festival, which ends Sunday, included performances by comedians like Joan Rivers and Paula Poundstone and the cake with a cast of professional actors impersonating Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel in a recreation club Cuban television Ricky themed “The Tropicana”.
“Oh, that’s good,” said Lucy, taking bites of the desserts from other guests and talk with your mouth full of cake and the audience roared. “We’ll have to get another.”
Ball died in 1989 and was buried in California. His daughter Lucie Arnaz Jamestown had moved to Lakeview Cemetery, fulfilling her desire to be buried beside her mother, said Chief Lucy-Desi Center Susan Ewing tour guides.
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