August 5, 2011 by Post Team
Lucille Ball, The Hollywood Museum launched an exhibition celebrating the “Lucy in the 100 and” I Love Lucy “to 60″ on Thursday night, and could not have done it without the help of Valley residents a long time and fans Lucille Ball.
“Many of the people represented in this museum are the stars on the big screen,” said Tom Watson, Sherman Oaks, who was Lucy’s publicist and author of numerous books on the famous red hair. “With Lucy, she was in her living room for 60 years, people familiar with it, was like a family.”
Los Angeles councilman Paul Koretz, who represents part of Studio City, attended and said: “I am a big fan” and said her favorite episode is “she is eating the candy assembly line.”
Koretz presented Watson and another Valley resident, Rick Carl, (among others), some of the many compliments and thanks for putting the show together with their personal collections. Praise and presentations also came from Councilmember Tom LaBonge, County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky,
“It’s a bit overwhelming to see all these shows together,” said Carl, who illustrated “The Official ‘I Love Lucy” Paper Dolls “as he looked around the screen on the second floor of the museum where the posters, paintings, magazines and other memorabilia are displayed all. “And, seeing all these people who have been part of their life together, that’s even more overwhelming.”
Valerie Harper (Rhoda), Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue), Carolyn Hennesy (Cougar Town), Loni Anderson (WKRP), Rose Marie (Dick Van Dyke Show), Ruta Lee (Funny Face) were among the attendees at the famous opening by invitation only.
“My favorite moment with Lucy,” said actor Bruce Davison, who played most in Patrick Ball movie starring Mame, “was when we did our first scene together, said it was good in one shot, and I said, ‘Oh, no, we have to do it again, and we did and said,’ I love you Auntie Mame “and she said, ‘Oh, that was it.” It was a pleasure working with her. ”
Others worked with the event was Dann Cahn, chief of the I Love Lucy series, Bernard Weitzman of Desilu Productions, Arthur Hamilton, who wrote songs for the series including an Emmy-nominated song, Wanda Clark, secretary Lucy, Doris Singleton, who played Carolyn Appleby on I Love Lucy and appeared on the Lucy Show and Here’s Lucy, and many others.
“Lucy taught me how to play backgammon, backgammon he loved,” said comedian Rip Taylor, who is also honorary mayor of Hollywood North. “I also taught comic timing. She taught me to wait.”
Lucie Arnaz, daughter of the ball, said: “I love it because it reminds me of when we had a picnic and go to the Desilu large ranch in the Valley with all the families of Desilu every year.”
She said her mother would be happy that the Hall of Fame comedy that is being created in the old train station to her hometown of Jamestown, New York. He also said her mother would be happy that the family is all coming together to celebrate her birthday on August 6.
“This weekend we will be in Morrow Bay with the family, and I think it would be like,” said Arnaz. “I have said it is more recognizable than Mickey Mouse in most of the world…. So, Mom and Dad, bravo!”
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