Ball filed for divorce in , going so far as obtaining an interlocutory decree ; however, she and Arnaz reconciled, which precluded the entry of a final decree. Ball's necessary and planned caesarean section in real life was scheduled for the same date that her television character gave birth.

Several demands were made by CBS, insisting that a pregnant woman could not be shown on television, nor could the word "pregnant" be spoken on-air.

After approval from several religious figures [73] the network allowed the pregnancy storyline, but insisted that the word "expecting" be used instead of "pregnant". Arnaz garnered laughs when he deliberately mispronounced it as "'spectin'".

The episode aired on the evening of January 19, , with 44 million viewers watching Lucy Ricardo welcome little Ricky, while in real life Ball delivered her second child, Desi Jr. The birth made the cover of the first issue of TV Guide for the week of April 3—9, By the end of the s, Desilu had become a large company, causing a good deal of stress for both Ball and Arnaz.

On March 3, , a day after Desi's 43rd birthday and one day after the filming of Lucy and Desi's last episode together , Ball filed papers in Santa Monica Superior Court, claiming married life with Desi was "a nightmare" and nothing at all as it appeared on I Love Lucy.

On May 4, , just two months after filming that episode the final episode of The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour , the couple divorced. Until his death in , however, Arnaz and Ball remained friends and often spoke very fondly of each other.

Her real-life divorce indirectly found its way into her later television series, as she was always cast as an unmarried woman. It marked the beginning of a year friendship between Lucy and Stewart, who introduced Lucy to second husband, Gary Morton, a Borscht Belt comic who was 13 years her junior.

Ball immediately installed Morton in her production company, teaching him the television business and eventually promoting him to producer. Morton played occasional bit parts on Ball's various series.

Ball was outspoken against the relationship her son had with actress Patty Duke. Later, commenting on when her son dated Liza Minnelli , she was quoted as saying, "I miss Liza, but you cannot domesticate Liza.

On April 18, , Ball complained of chest pains at her home in Beverly Hills and was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center , where she was diagnosed with dissecting aortic aneurysm and underwent an eight-hour aortic transplant.

The surgery was successful, and Ball was soon able to walk around her room with little assistance. PDT at the age of Doctors determined that Ball had succumbed to a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm not directly related to her upper aneurysm and surgery.

Ball had been a heavy smoker most of her life, increasing her risk of abdominal aneurysm. In , her children moved her remains to the Hunt family plot at Lake View Cemetery in Jamestown, New York, where her grandparents are buried.

On February 8, , Ball was awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame : one at Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to motion pictures , and one at Hollywood Boulevard for television.

Ball received many prestigious awards throughout her career, including some posthumously such as the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George H. On June 7, , Universal Studios Florida opened a walk-through attraction dedicated to Ball, Lucy — A Tribute , which featured clips of shows, as well as various pieces of trivia about her, along with items owned by or associated with Lucille, and an interactive quiz for guests.

The attraction was permanently closed on August 17, On August 6, , which would have been her 90th birthday, the United States Postal Service honored her with a commemorative postage stamp as part of its Legends of Hollywood series.

Ball appeared on the cover of TV Guide more than any other person; she appeared on 39 covers, including the first cover in with her baby son, Desi Arnaz, Jr. In another instance it named I Love Lucy the second-best television program in American history, after Seinfeld.

On August 6, , which would have been her th birthday, Google honored Ball with an interactive doodle on their homepage, which displayed six classic moments from I Love Lucy.

Since , a statue of Ball has been on display in Celoron, New York. Residents deemed that statue "scary" and not accurate, earning it the nickname "Scary Lucy".

The new statue replaced the old one on August 6, In , it was announced that Ball would be played by Cate Blanchett in an untitled biographical film, to be written by Aaron Sorkin.

The play, written by Jess Oppenheimer's son, Gregg Oppenheimer, was recorded in front of a live audience for nationwide public radio broadcast and online distribution. Ball was a well-known gay rights supporter, stating in a interview with People : "It's perfectly all right with me.

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Herringshaw, DeAnn Kanfer, Stefan New York: Alfred A. Karol, Michael A. The Lucille Ball Quiz Book. Vance also felt that the Mertz characters would not be as successful without the Ricardos to play off of, and despite being her biggest success, she was becoming interested in playing more glamorous roles rather than Ethel.

In fact, during the thirteen-episode run of the Lucy-Desi hour-long shows, Vance was given a lot more latitude to look more attractive as Ethel Mertz, something she was denied during the run of the I Love Lucy episodes.

Frawley's resentment of Vance intensified after she declined to do the spin-off show and the two rarely talked to each other outside of their characters' dialogue with one another.

Just before filming the show, Lucy and Desi learned that Lucy was once again pregnant after multiple miscarriages earlier in their marriage with their first child, Lucie Arnaz.

They filmed the original pilot while Lucy was "showing", but did not include any references to the pregnancy in the episode. This was because CBS thought that talk of pregnancy might be in bad taste and because an ad agency told Desi not to show a pregnant woman.

Later, during the second season, Lucy was pregnant again with second child Desi Arnaz Jr. Contrary to popular belief, Lucy's pregnancy was not television's first on-screen pregnancy, a distinction belonging to Mary Kay on the late s sitcom Mary Kay and Johnny.

One week later, on December 15, , the episode titled "Pregnant Women Are Unpredictable" was aired although the show never displayed episode titles on the air.

The episode in which Lucy gives birth, " Lucy Goes to the Hospital ", first aired on January 19, , which was the day before the inauguration of Dwight Eisenhower as President of the United States.

To increase the publicity of this episode, the original air date was chosen to coincide with Lucille Ball's real-life delivery of Desi Jr. Unlike some programs that advance the age of a newborn over a short period , I Love Lucy at first allowed the Little Ricky character to grow up in real time.

America saw Little Ricky as an infant in the —53 season and a toddler from to However, for the —57 season, Little Ricky suddenly aged by two years, becoming a young school-age boy from to Five actors played the role, two sets of twins and later Keith Thibodeaux, whose stage name when playing Ricky Ricardo Jr.

In the Superman episode, Little Ricky is mentioned as being five years old but it had been less than four years since the birth-of-Little-Ricky episode. Jess Oppenheimer stated in his memoir, Laughs, Luck When logistical difficulties convinced Oppenheimer to abandon this plan, he advised Desi that as head writer, he would have Lucy Ricardo give birth to a boy.

Desi agreed, telling Oppenheimer that Lucy had already given him one girl, and might give him another—this might be his only chance to get a son.

When the baby boy was born, Desi immediately called Oppenheimer and told him, "Lucy followed your script. Ain't she something? That makes me the greatest writer in the world!

Each year during its summer hiatus its timeslot was occupied by various summer replacement series. Beginning in April CBS added reruns from the show's early years to its early evening weekend schedule.

This would be the first of several occasions when I Love Lucy reruns would become part of CBS's evening, prime time , and later on daytime schedules.

In fall , CBS began offering the series in off-network syndication; As of August [update] , the reruns air on the Hallmark Channel and MeTV networks, and scores of television stations in the U. In addition, CBS has run numerous specials, including a succession of annual specials which feature episodes which have been newly colorized.

The episode "Lucy Goes to the Hospital", which first aired on Monday, January 19, , garnered a record The opening familiar to most viewers, featuring the credits superimposed over a "heart on satin" image, was created specifically for the —67 CBS daytime network rebroadcasts, and subsequent syndication.

As originally broadcast, the episodes opened with animated matchstick figures of Arnaz and Ball making reference to whoever the particular episode's sponsor was.

These sequences were created by the animation team of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera , who declined screen credit because they were technically under exclusive contract to MGM at the time.

The original sponsor was cigarette maker Philip Morris , so the program opened with a cartoon of Lucy and Ricky climbing down a pack of Philip Morris cigarettes. In the early episodes, Lucy and Ricky, as well as Ethel and Fred on occasion, were shown smoking Philip Morris cigarettes.

Since the original sponsor references were no longer appropriate when the shows went into syndication, a new opening was needed, which resulted in the classic "heart on satin" opening. The original openings, with the sponsor names edited out, were revived on TV Land showings, with a TV Land logo superimposed to obscure the original sponsor's logo.

However, this has led some people to believe that the restored introduction was created specifically for TV Land as an example of kitsch. The animated openings, along with the middle commercial introductory animations, are included, fully restored, in the DVDs.

However, the openings are listed as special features within the disks with the "heart on satin" image opening the actual episodes. The complete original broadcast versions of Seasons 1 and 2, as seen in — with intros, closings, and all commercials, are included on their respective Ultimate Season Blu-ray editions.

The title music was written by Eliot Daniel as an instrumental. I love Lucy and she loves me. We're as happy as two can be. Sometimes we quarrel but then How we love making up again. Lucy kisses like no one can.

There was some thought about creating an I Love Lucy radio show to run in conjunction with the television series as was being done at the time with the CBS hit show Our Miss Brooks.

On February 27, , a sample I Love Lucy radio show was produced, but it never aired. This was a pilot episode, created by editing the soundtrack of the television episode "Breaking the Lease", with added Arnaz narration in character as Ricky Ricardo.

It included commercials for Philip Morris , which sponsored the television series. While it never aired on radio at the time in the s Philip Morris eventually sponsored a radio edition of My Little Margie instead , copies of this radio pilot episode have been circulating among "old time radio" collectors for years, and this radio pilot episode has aired in more recent decades on numerous local radio stations that air some "old time radio" programming.

Ball and Arnaz authorized various types of I Love Lucy merchandise. Adult-size I Love Lucy pajamas and a bedroom set were also produced; all of these items appeared on the show.

Dell Comics published 35 issues of an I Love Lucy comic book between and including two try-out Four Color issues and King Features syndicated a comic strip written by Lawrence Nadel and drawn by Bob Oksner , jointly credited as "Bob Lawrence" from to After the conclusion of the sixth season of I Love Lucy , the Arnazes decided to cut down on the number of episodes that were filmed.

Instead, they extended I Love Lucy to 60 minutes, with a guest star each episode. Thirteen hour-long episodes aired from to On March 2, Desi's birthday, , the day after the last hour-long episode was filmed, Lucille Ball filed for divorce from Desi Arnaz.

It made that playful, yet passionate kiss at the end of the final episode, which aired April 1, "Lucy Meets the Moustache", all the more poignant, as the world already knew that this storied Hollywood marriage was all but over, and also lent extra meaning to the use of the song "That's All" performed by guest star Edie Adams in that episode.

As already mentioned, Vance and Frawley were offered a chance to take their characters to their own spin-off series. Frawley was willing, but Vance refused to ever work with Frawley again since the two did not get along.

Frawley did appear once more with Lucille Ball — in an episode of The Lucy Show in , which did not include Vance who by then had ceased to be a regular on that show. However, this was his last screen appearance with his longtime friend.

He died in Hollywood on March 3, , of a heart attack at age In , Ball began a six-year run with The Lucy Show , followed immediately in by six more years on a third sitcom, Here's Lucy , finally ending her regular appearances on CBS in Vance was a regular during the first three seasons of The Lucy Show but continued to make guest appearances through the years on The Lucy Show , and on Here's Lucy.

In , Vance and Ball were reunited one last time in the CBS special, Lucy Calls the President , [56] which co-starred Gale Gordon whom Ball had known for very many years by and who had appeared as a regular on her television shows since ; becoming even more prominent once Vivian Vance left The Lucy Show in In , Ball tried another sitcom, Life with Lucy.

The series debuted on ABC to very high ratings, landing in Nielsen's top 20 for that week. Its ratings quickly declined, however, and resulted in a cancellation after eight episodes.

In , the never-seen pilot episode was discovered and revealed in a CBS television special, hosted by Lucie Arnaz, becoming the highest rated program of the season.

I Love Lucy continues to be held in high esteem by television critics, and remains perennially popular. For instance, it was one of the first American programs seen on British television — which became more open to commerce with the September launch of ITV , a commercial network that aired the series; in , the launch of a second terrestrial TV station devoted to advertising funded broadcasting Channel 4 saw the show introduced to a new generation of fans in the UK, with the Channel 4 network repeating the program several times between and As of January , meanwhile, it remains the longest-running program to air continuously in the Los Angeles area, almost 60 years after production ended.

TV Land ended its run of the series by giving viewers the opportunity to vote on the show's top 25 greatest episodes on December 31, through the network's website. This is particularly notable because, unlike some shows to which a cable channel is given exclusive rights to maximize ratings, Lucy has been consistently — and successfully — broadcast on multiple channels simultaneously.

Hallmark Channel is now the home for I Love Lucy in the United States, with the show having moved to the network on January 2, , while the national version of Weigel Broadcasting 's MeTV digital subchannel network has carried the program since its debut in December 15, , depending on the market in markets where another station holds the rights, The Lucy Show is substituted.

The show is seen on Fox Classics in Australia. Near the end of the movie, there are a selection of TV Guide covers in the hallway showing I Love Lucy franchises on their cover.

Club wrote retrospectively: [58]. The play, from Gregg Oppenheimer son of Jess Oppenheimer , was recorded in front of a live audience for nationwide public radio broadcast and online distribution.

Several classic episodes of I Love Lucy have been colorized. Star and producer Desi Arnaz had expressed interest in airing the show in color as early as , but the cost of such a presentation was prohibitive at the time.

The first episode to be colorized was the Christmas special. This special episode had been feared "lost" for many years, as it was not included in the regular syndication package with the rest of the series.

A copy was discovered in in the CBS vaults, [70] and was aired by CBS during December of that year in its original black-and-white format. In , this episode was again aired in the days prior to Christmas, but this time the framing sequence was in color, while the clips from earlier episodes remained in black and white.

The special performed surprisingly well in the ratings during both years, and aired on CBS each December through In , as the "Complete Series" DVD set was being prepared for release, DVD producer Gregg Oppenheimer decided to have the episode " Lucy Goes to Scotland " digitally colorized referencing color publicity stills and color "home movies" taken on the set during production , making it the first I Love Lucy episode to be fully colorized.

On December 20, , CBS revived an annual holiday tradition when it re-aired the Christmas special for the first time in nearly two decades. The Christmas special's framing sequence was re-colorized at this time.

The network paired this special with the color version of "Lucy's Italian Movie" episode. This time the Christmas episode was paired with the newly colorized " Lucy Gets in Pictures ".

On August 6, , a one-night-only event is set to take place in movie theaters around the United States, I Love Lucy A Colorized Celebration , a five colorized episodes three with never-before-seen content feature film.

The date coincides with Ball's would-be th birthday. A short documentary on the colorization process of the episodes is also included.

They began that summer with the pilot and the first three episodes on a single DVD. Every six weeks, another volume of four episodes would be released on DVD in chronological order.

They continued to release the series very slowly and would not even begin to release any season 2 episodes until the middle of By the spring of , the third season on DVD began to be released with about six episodes released every six weeks to mail order subscribers.

By the fall of , season four episodes began to be offered by mail. By the spring of season five DVDs with about six episodes each began to be released gradually.

They began releasing complete season sets in the Summer of every few months. They stated that Columbia House Subscribers would get these episodes through mail before releasing any box sets with the same episodes.

They finally ended gradual subscriptions in , several months before season 5 became available in retail. Columbia House then began to make season box sets available instead of these single volumes.

These DVDs offered identical features and identical content to the mail order single sets formerly available until In December , the first high-definition release of I Love Lucy was announced, with the Blu-ray edition of the first season, scheduled for May 5, The DVD releases feature the syndicated heart opening, and offer the original broadcast openings as bonus features.

Season 6 allows viewers to choose whether to watch the episodes with the original opening or the syndicated opening. Initially, the first season was offered in volumes, with four episodes per disc.

After the success of releasing seasons 2, 3, and 4 in slimpacks, the first season was re-released as a seven disc set, requiring new discs to be mastered and printed to include more episodes per disc so there would be fewer discs in the set.

For the complete series box set, the first season would be redone again, this time to six DVDs, retaining all bonus features. The individual volume discs for the first season are still in print, but are rare for lack of shelf space and because the slimpacks are more popular.

In , all season sets were reissued in slipcovered clear standard-sized amaray DVD cases, with season 1 being the 6-disc version as opposed to the 7-disc version.

Season 1 includes the pilot and all 35 Season 1 episodes in a 7-disc set. Season 2 includes all 31 Season 2 episodes in a 5-disc set. Season 3 includes all 31 Season 3 episodes in a 5-disc set.

Season 2 and 3 are in a slimline pack. All three seasons have been restored and digitally remastered. All episodes appear in order of their original air dates, although it states that some episodes may be edited from their original network versions.

It is unknown if the remaining seasons will be released individually. A DVD collection containing every colorized I Love Lucy episode as of August 13, will be released on that date as I Love Lucy: Colorized Collection and contains the fully colorized Christmas special, the "Lucy Goes to Scotland" episode, and every colorized episode that aired as part of the Christmas specials, Superstar Spectacular specials, and the Funny Money special.

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The family subsequently moved into a small apartment in Jamestown. In , Ball, then only 14, started dating Johnny DeVita, a year-old local hoodlum. DeDe was unhappy with the relationship, but unable to influence her daughter to end it.

She expected the romance to burn out after a few weeks, but that did not happen. After about a year, DeDe tried to separate them by exploiting Lucille's desire to be in show business.

She enrolled in In the face of this harsh criticism, Ball was determined to prove her teachers wrong and returned to New York City in That same year, she began working for Hattie Carnegie as an in-house model.

Carnegie ordered Ball to dye her then-brown hair blonde, and Ball complied. Ball's career was thriving when she became ill with rheumatoid arthritis and was unable to work for two years.

In , she moved back to New York City to resume her pursuit of an acting career and supported herself again by working for Carnegie [36] and as the Chesterfield cigarette girl.

Using the name Diane sometimes spelled Dianne Belmont, she started getting chorus work on Broadway, [37] but it was not lasting.

She also appeared as one of the featured models in the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers film Roberta , as the flower girl in Top Hat , and in a brief supporting role at the beginning of Follow the Fleet , [39] another Astaire-Rogers film.

Ball and Ginger Rogers, who were distant maternal cousins, played aspiring actresses in the film Stage Door alongside Katharine Hepburn In , she landed the role she hoped would lead her to Broadway, in the Bartlett Cormack play Hey Diddle Diddle , a comedy set in a duplex apartment in Hollywood.

The play premiered in Princeton, New Jersey , on January 21, , with Ball playing the part of Julie Tucker, "one of three roommates coping with neurotic directors, confused executives, and grasping stars, who interfere with the girls' ability to get ahead".

The play received good reviews, but problems existed, chiefly with its star, Conway Tearle , who was in poor health. Cormack wanted to replace him, but the producer, Anne Nichols , said the fault lay with the character and insisted that the part needed to be reshaped and rewritten.

The two were unable to agree on a solution. The play was scheduled to open on Broadway at the Vanderbilt Theatre , but closed after one week in Washington, DC , when Tearle suddenly became gravely ill.

Ball signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in the s, but never achieved major stardom there. Like many budding actresses, Ball picked up radio work to supplement her income and gain exposure.

In , she appeared regularly on The Phil Baker Show. There began her year professional relationship with the show's announcer, Gale Gordon. The Wonder Show lasted one season, with the final episode airing on April 7, In , Ball starred in Lover Come Back.

In , she appeared in the murder mystery Lured as Sandra Carpenter, a taxi dancer in London. In , Ball was cast as Liz Cooper at first "Cugat"; this was changed because listeners were getting the characters confused with a real-life bandleader, Xavier Cugat , a wacky wife, in My Favorite Husband , an audio program for CBS Radio.

The show was successful, and CBS asked her to develop it for television. She agreed, but insisted on working with her real-life husband, Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz. CBS executives were reluctant, thinking the public would not accept an All-American redhead and a Cuban as a couple.

CBS was initially unimpressed with the pilot episode, produced by the couple's Desilu Productions company. The pair went on the road with a vaudeville act, in which Lucy played the zany housewife, wanting to get into Arnaz's show.

I Love Lucy was not only a star vehicle for Lucille Ball, but also a potential means for her to salvage her marriage to Arnaz. Their relationship had become badly strained, in part because of their hectic performing schedules, which often kept them apart, but mostly due to Desi's attraction to other women.

Along the way, Ball created a television dynasty and achieved several firsts. She was the first woman to head a TV production company: Desilu, which she had formed with Arnaz. After their divorce, she bought out his share and became a very actively engaged studio head.

She was quoted as saying, "You cannot teach someone comedy; either they have it or they don't. During the run of I Love Lucy , Ball and Arnaz wanted to remain in their Los Angeles home, but time-zone logistics made that difficult.

Since prime time in L. Sponsor Philip Morris did not want to show day-old kinescopes to major East Coast markets, nor did they want to pay the extra cost that filming, processing, and editing would require.

The couple offered to take a pay cut to finance filming, on the condition that Desilu would retain the rights of each episode once it aired. CBS agreed to relinquish the post-first-broadcast rights to Desilu, not realizing they were giving up a valuable and enduring asset.

I Love Lucy dominated U. An attempt was also made, with the same cast and writers, to adapt the show for radio. The pilot adapted the famous "Breaking the Lease" episode, in which the Ricardos and Mertzes argue, and the Ricardos threaten to move, but find themselves stuck in a firm lease.

The resulting radio audition disc has survived, but never aired. A scene in which Lucy and Ricky practice the tango , in the episode "Lucy Does The Tango", evoked the longest recorded studio audience laugh in the history of the show — so long that the sound editor had to cut that section of the soundtrack in half.

After I Love Lucy ended its run in , the main cast continued to appear in occasional hour-long specials under the title The Lucy—Desi Comedy Hour until The Broadway musical Wildcat ended its run early when Ball became too ill [ clarification needed ] to continue in the show.

She appeared on the Dick Cavett show in and spoke of her history and life with Arnaz. In , Ball became a friend and mentor to Carol Burnett. It was rumored that Ball offered Burnett a chance to star on her own sitcom, but in truth Burnett was offered and declined "Here's Agnes" by CBS executives.

She instead chose to create her own variety show due to a stipulation that was on an existing contract she had with CBS. Ball sent flowers every year on Burnett's birthday.

When Burnett awoke on the day of her 56th birthday in , she discovered via the morning news that Lucille Ball had died. Later that afternoon, flowers arrived at Burnett's house with a note reading, "Happy Birthday, Kid.

Love, Lucy. Ball was originally considered by Frank Sinatra for the role of Mrs. Aside from her acting career, she became an assistant professor at California State University, Northridge in During the mids, Ball attempted to resurrect her television career.

In , she hosted a two-part Three's Company retrospective , showing clips from the show's first five seasons, summarizing memorable plotlines, and commenting on her love of the show.

A dramatic made-for-TV film about an elderly homeless woman, Stone Pillow , received mixed reviews. In May , Ball was hospitalized after suffering a mild heart attack. When Ball registered to vote in , she listed her party affiliation as Communist.

To sponsor the Communist Party 's candidate for the California State Assembly 's 57th District , Ball signed a certificate stating, "I am registered as affiliated with the Communist Party.

Within a few days after my third application to join the Communist Party was made, I received a notice to attend a meeting on North Ogden Drive, Hollywood; although it was a typed, unsigned note, merely requesting my presence at the address at 8 o'clock in the evening on a given day, I knew it was the long-awaited notice to attend Communist Party new members classes Roosevelt 's fundraising campaign for the March of Dimes.

Wheeler in Hollywood and gave him sealed testimony. She stated that she had registered to vote as a Communist "or intended to vote the Communist Party ticket" in at her socialist grandfather's insistence.

Ball stated she has never been a member of the Communist Party "to her knowledge" A review of the subject's file reflects no activity that would warrant her inclusion on the Security Index.

Reusing the line he had first given to Hedda Hopper in an interview, he quipped: "The only thing red about Lucy is her hair, and even that is not legitimate.

When they met again on the second day, the two connected immediately and eloped the same year. Although Arnaz was drafted into the Army in , he ended up being classified for limited service due to a knee injury.

Ball filed for divorce in , going so far as obtaining an interlocutory decree ; however, she and Arnaz reconciled, which precluded the entry of a final decree.

Ball's necessary and planned caesarean section in real life was scheduled for the same date that her television character gave birth.

Several demands were made by CBS, insisting that a pregnant woman could not be shown on television, nor could the word "pregnant" be spoken on-air.

After approval from several religious figures [73] the network allowed the pregnancy storyline, but insisted that the word "expecting" be used instead of "pregnant".

Arnaz garnered laughs when he deliberately mispronounced it as "'spectin'". The episode aired on the evening of January 19, , with 44 million viewers watching Lucy Ricardo welcome little Ricky, while in real life Ball delivered her second child, Desi Jr.

The birth made the cover of the first issue of TV Guide for the week of April 3—9, By the end of the s, Desilu had become a large company, causing a good deal of stress for both Ball and Arnaz.

On March 3, , a day after Desi's 43rd birthday and one day after the filming of Lucy and Desi's last episode together , Ball filed papers in Santa Monica Superior Court, claiming married life with Desi was "a nightmare" and nothing at all as it appeared on I Love Lucy.

On May 4, , just two months after filming that episode the final episode of The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour , the couple divorced.

Until his death in , however, Arnaz and Ball remained friends and often spoke very fondly of each other. Her real-life divorce indirectly found its way into her later television series, as she was always cast as an unmarried woman.

It marked the beginning of a year friendship between Lucy and Stewart, who introduced Lucy to second husband, Gary Morton, a Borscht Belt comic who was 13 years her junior.

Ball immediately installed Morton in her production company, teaching him the television business and eventually promoting him to producer. Morton played occasional bit parts on Ball's various series.

Ball was outspoken against the relationship her son had with actress Patty Duke. Later, commenting on when her son dated Liza Minnelli , she was quoted as saying, "I miss Liza, but you cannot domesticate Liza.

On April 18, , Ball complained of chest pains at her home in Beverly Hills and was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center , where she was diagnosed with dissecting aortic aneurysm and underwent an eight-hour aortic transplant.

The surgery was successful, and Ball was soon able to walk around her room with little assistance. PDT at the age of Doctors determined that Ball had succumbed to a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm not directly related to her upper aneurysm and surgery.

Ball had been a heavy smoker most of her life, increasing her risk of abdominal aneurysm. In , her children moved her remains to the Hunt family plot at Lake View Cemetery in Jamestown, New York, where her grandparents are buried.

On February 8, , Ball was awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame : one at Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to motion pictures , and one at Hollywood Boulevard for television.

Ball received many prestigious awards throughout her career, including some posthumously such as the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George H. On June 7, , Universal Studios Florida opened a walk-through attraction dedicated to Ball, Lucy — A Tribute , which featured clips of shows, as well as various pieces of trivia about her, along with items owned by or associated with Lucille, and an interactive quiz for guests.

The attraction was permanently closed on August 17, On August 6, , which would have been her 90th birthday, the United States Postal Service honored her with a commemorative postage stamp as part of its Legends of Hollywood series.

Ball appeared on the cover of TV Guide more than any other person; she appeared on 39 covers, including the first cover in with her baby son, Desi Arnaz, Jr.

In another instance it named I Love Lucy the second-best television program in American history, after Seinfeld. On August 6, , which would have been her th birthday, Google honored Ball with an interactive doodle on their homepage, which displayed six classic moments from I Love Lucy.

Since , a statue of Ball has been on display in Celoron, New York. Residents deemed that statue "scary" and not accurate, earning it the nickname "Scary Lucy".

The new statue replaced the old one on August 6, In , it was announced that Ball would be played by Cate Blanchett in an untitled biographical film, to be written by Aaron Sorkin.

The play, written by Jess Oppenheimer's son, Gregg Oppenheimer, was recorded in front of a live audience for nationwide public radio broadcast and online distribution. Ball was a well-known gay rights supporter, stating in a interview with People : "It's perfectly all right with me.

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Retrieved June 18, Archived from the original on June 26, New York: Back Stage Books. CBS News. September 25, Arnaz, however, was impressed by Vance's work and hired her. The decision was then made to dress Vance in frumpier clothing to tone down her attractiveness.

Ball and Vance's relationship during the series' early beginnings was lukewarm at best. Eventually realizing that Vance was no threat and was very professional, Ball began to warm to her.

Vance and Ball would develop a lifelong close friendship. Vance and Frawley's off-screen relationship was less successful. In spite of this, they were always professional and exhibited exceptional chemistry while performing on the show.

In fact, their acrimonious personal relationship may have helped their onscreen marriage be that much funnier. Frawley derisively described Vance's appearance as "a sack of doorknobs.

Vance also complained that Frawley's song-and-dance skills were not what they once were. Frawley and Vance would have an adversarial relationship during the entire run of the show. The hour-long Lucy-Desi show was to alternate on a monthly basis with other hour long Playhouse shows.

The new series put a much heavier emphasis on big name guest stars as being part of the plot and although the Mertz characters continued into the new series, their roles became somewhat diminished.

Although a lighter workload was welcomed by Frawley, Vance came to somewhat resent the change. Arnaz, in an effort to please Vance, for whom he had much respect, proposed doing a spin-off from I Love Lucy called The Mertzes.

Seeing a lucrative opportunity and the chance to star in his own show, Frawley was enthused. Vance, however, declined for a number of reasons, the biggest factor being that she felt she and Frawley could barely work together on the ensemble show they were doing at the time, so it would be much less likely the two could work together on their own series.

Vance also felt that the Mertz characters would not be as successful without the Ricardos to play off of, and despite being her biggest success, she was becoming interested in playing more glamorous roles rather than Ethel.

In fact, during the thirteen-episode run of the Lucy-Desi hour-long shows, Vance was given a lot more latitude to look more attractive as Ethel Mertz, something she was denied during the run of the I Love Lucy episodes.

Frawley's resentment of Vance intensified after she declined to do the spin-off show and the two rarely talked to each other outside of their characters' dialogue with one another.

Just before filming the show, Lucy and Desi learned that Lucy was once again pregnant after multiple miscarriages earlier in their marriage with their first child, Lucie Arnaz.

They filmed the original pilot while Lucy was "showing", but did not include any references to the pregnancy in the episode. This was because CBS thought that talk of pregnancy might be in bad taste and because an ad agency told Desi not to show a pregnant woman.

Later, during the second season, Lucy was pregnant again with second child Desi Arnaz Jr. Contrary to popular belief, Lucy's pregnancy was not television's first on-screen pregnancy, a distinction belonging to Mary Kay on the late s sitcom Mary Kay and Johnny.

One week later, on December 15, , the episode titled "Pregnant Women Are Unpredictable" was aired although the show never displayed episode titles on the air. The episode in which Lucy gives birth, " Lucy Goes to the Hospital ", first aired on January 19, , which was the day before the inauguration of Dwight Eisenhower as President of the United States.

To increase the publicity of this episode, the original air date was chosen to coincide with Lucille Ball's real-life delivery of Desi Jr. Unlike some programs that advance the age of a newborn over a short period , I Love Lucy at first allowed the Little Ricky character to grow up in real time.

America saw Little Ricky as an infant in the —53 season and a toddler from to However, for the —57 season, Little Ricky suddenly aged by two years, becoming a young school-age boy from to Five actors played the role, two sets of twins and later Keith Thibodeaux, whose stage name when playing Ricky Ricardo Jr.

In the Superman episode, Little Ricky is mentioned as being five years old but it had been less than four years since the birth-of-Little-Ricky episode. Jess Oppenheimer stated in his memoir, Laughs, Luck When logistical difficulties convinced Oppenheimer to abandon this plan, he advised Desi that as head writer, he would have Lucy Ricardo give birth to a boy.

Desi agreed, telling Oppenheimer that Lucy had already given him one girl, and might give him another—this might be his only chance to get a son.

When the baby boy was born, Desi immediately called Oppenheimer and told him, "Lucy followed your script. Ain't she something? That makes me the greatest writer in the world!

Each year during its summer hiatus its timeslot was occupied by various summer replacement series. Beginning in April CBS added reruns from the show's early years to its early evening weekend schedule.

This would be the first of several occasions when I Love Lucy reruns would become part of CBS's evening, prime time , and later on daytime schedules. In fall , CBS began offering the series in off-network syndication; As of August [update] , the reruns air on the Hallmark Channel and MeTV networks, and scores of television stations in the U.

In addition, CBS has run numerous specials, including a succession of annual specials which feature episodes which have been newly colorized.

The episode "Lucy Goes to the Hospital", which first aired on Monday, January 19, , garnered a record The opening familiar to most viewers, featuring the credits superimposed over a "heart on satin" image, was created specifically for the —67 CBS daytime network rebroadcasts, and subsequent syndication.

As originally broadcast, the episodes opened with animated matchstick figures of Arnaz and Ball making reference to whoever the particular episode's sponsor was. These sequences were created by the animation team of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera , who declined screen credit because they were technically under exclusive contract to MGM at the time.

The original sponsor was cigarette maker Philip Morris , so the program opened with a cartoon of Lucy and Ricky climbing down a pack of Philip Morris cigarettes. In the early episodes, Lucy and Ricky, as well as Ethel and Fred on occasion, were shown smoking Philip Morris cigarettes.

Since the original sponsor references were no longer appropriate when the shows went into syndication, a new opening was needed, which resulted in the classic "heart on satin" opening.

The original openings, with the sponsor names edited out, were revived on TV Land showings, with a TV Land logo superimposed to obscure the original sponsor's logo.

However, this has led some people to believe that the restored introduction was created specifically for TV Land as an example of kitsch. The animated openings, along with the middle commercial introductory animations, are included, fully restored, in the DVDs.

However, the openings are listed as special features within the disks with the "heart on satin" image opening the actual episodes.

The complete original broadcast versions of Seasons 1 and 2, as seen in — with intros, closings, and all commercials, are included on their respective Ultimate Season Blu-ray editions.

The title music was written by Eliot Daniel as an instrumental. I love Lucy and she loves me. We're as happy as two can be.

Sometimes we quarrel but then How we love making up again. Lucy kisses like no one can. There was some thought about creating an I Love Lucy radio show to run in conjunction with the television series as was being done at the time with the CBS hit show Our Miss Brooks.

On February 27, , a sample I Love Lucy radio show was produced, but it never aired. This was a pilot episode, created by editing the soundtrack of the television episode "Breaking the Lease", with added Arnaz narration in character as Ricky Ricardo.

It included commercials for Philip Morris , which sponsored the television series. While it never aired on radio at the time in the s Philip Morris eventually sponsored a radio edition of My Little Margie instead , copies of this radio pilot episode have been circulating among "old time radio" collectors for years, and this radio pilot episode has aired in more recent decades on numerous local radio stations that air some "old time radio" programming.

Ball and Arnaz authorized various types of I Love Lucy merchandise. Adult-size I Love Lucy pajamas and a bedroom set were also produced; all of these items appeared on the show.

Dell Comics published 35 issues of an I Love Lucy comic book between and including two try-out Four Color issues and King Features syndicated a comic strip written by Lawrence Nadel and drawn by Bob Oksner , jointly credited as "Bob Lawrence" from to After the conclusion of the sixth season of I Love Lucy , the Arnazes decided to cut down on the number of episodes that were filmed.

Instead, they extended I Love Lucy to 60 minutes, with a guest star each episode. Thirteen hour-long episodes aired from to On March 2, Desi's birthday, , the day after the last hour-long episode was filmed, Lucille Ball filed for divorce from Desi Arnaz.

It made that playful, yet passionate kiss at the end of the final episode, which aired April 1, "Lucy Meets the Moustache", all the more poignant, as the world already knew that this storied Hollywood marriage was all but over, and also lent extra meaning to the use of the song "That's All" performed by guest star Edie Adams in that episode.

As already mentioned, Vance and Frawley were offered a chance to take their characters to their own spin-off series. Frawley was willing, but Vance refused to ever work with Frawley again since the two did not get along.

Frawley did appear once more with Lucille Ball — in an episode of The Lucy Show in , which did not include Vance who by then had ceased to be a regular on that show.

However, this was his last screen appearance with his longtime friend. He died in Hollywood on March 3, , of a heart attack at age In , Ball began a six-year run with The Lucy Show , followed immediately in by six more years on a third sitcom, Here's Lucy , finally ending her regular appearances on CBS in Vance was a regular during the first three seasons of The Lucy Show but continued to make guest appearances through the years on The Lucy Show , and on Here's Lucy.

In , Vance and Ball were reunited one last time in the CBS special, Lucy Calls the President , [56] which co-starred Gale Gordon whom Ball had known for very many years by and who had appeared as a regular on her television shows since ; becoming even more prominent once Vivian Vance left The Lucy Show in In , Ball tried another sitcom, Life with Lucy.

The series debuted on ABC to very high ratings, landing in Nielsen's top 20 for that week. Its ratings quickly declined, however, and resulted in a cancellation after eight episodes.

In , the never-seen pilot episode was discovered and revealed in a CBS television special, hosted by Lucie Arnaz, becoming the highest rated program of the season. I Love Lucy continues to be held in high esteem by television critics, and remains perennially popular.

For instance, it was one of the first American programs seen on British television — which became more open to commerce with the September launch of ITV , a commercial network that aired the series; in , the launch of a second terrestrial TV station devoted to advertising funded broadcasting Channel 4 saw the show introduced to a new generation of fans in the UK, with the Channel 4 network repeating the program several times between and As of January , meanwhile, it remains the longest-running program to air continuously in the Los Angeles area, almost 60 years after production ended.

TV Land ended its run of the series by giving viewers the opportunity to vote on the show's top 25 greatest episodes on December 31, through the network's website. This is particularly notable because, unlike some shows to which a cable channel is given exclusive rights to maximize ratings, Lucy has been consistently — and successfully — broadcast on multiple channels simultaneously.

Hallmark Channel is now the home for I Love Lucy in the United States, with the show having moved to the network on January 2, , while the national version of Weigel Broadcasting 's MeTV digital subchannel network has carried the program since its debut in December 15, , depending on the market in markets where another station holds the rights, The Lucy Show is substituted.

The show is seen on Fox Classics in Australia. Near the end of the movie, there are a selection of TV Guide covers in the hallway showing I Love Lucy franchises on their cover. Club wrote retrospectively: [58].

The play, from Gregg Oppenheimer son of Jess Oppenheimer , was recorded in front of a live audience for nationwide public radio broadcast and online distribution. Several classic episodes of I Love Lucy have been colorized.

Star and producer Desi Arnaz had expressed interest in airing the show in color as early as , but the cost of such a presentation was prohibitive at the time.

The first episode to be colorized was the Christmas special. This special episode had been feared "lost" for many years, as it was not included in the regular syndication package with the rest of the series.

A copy was discovered in in the CBS vaults, [70] and was aired by CBS during December of that year in its original black-and-white format.

In , this episode was again aired in the days prior to Christmas, but this time the framing sequence was in color, while the clips from earlier episodes remained in black and white.

The special performed surprisingly well in the ratings during both years, and aired on CBS each December through In , as the "Complete Series" DVD set was being prepared for release, DVD producer Gregg Oppenheimer decided to have the episode " Lucy Goes to Scotland " digitally colorized referencing color publicity stills and color "home movies" taken on the set during production , making it the first I Love Lucy episode to be fully colorized.

On December 20, , CBS revived an annual holiday tradition when it re-aired the Christmas special for the first time in nearly two decades. The Christmas special's framing sequence was re-colorized at this time.

The network paired this special with the color version of "Lucy's Italian Movie" episode. This time the Christmas episode was paired with the newly colorized " Lucy Gets in Pictures ". On August 6, , a one-night-only event is set to take place in movie theaters around the United States, I Love Lucy A Colorized Celebration , a five colorized episodes three with never-before-seen content feature film.

The date coincides with Ball's would-be th birthday. A short documentary on the colorization process of the episodes is also included. They began that summer with the pilot and the first three episodes on a single DVD.

Every six weeks, another volume of four episodes would be released on DVD in chronological order. They continued to release the series very slowly and would not even begin to release any season 2 episodes until the middle of By the spring of , the third season on DVD began to be released with about six episodes released every six weeks to mail order subscribers.

By the fall of , season four episodes began to be offered by mail. By the spring of season five DVDs with about six episodes each began to be released gradually.

They began releasing complete season sets in the Summer of every few months. They stated that Columbia House Subscribers would get these episodes through mail before releasing any box sets with the same episodes.

They finally ended gradual subscriptions in , several months before season 5 became available in retail. Columbia House then began to make season box sets available instead of these single volumes.

These DVDs offered identical features and identical content to the mail order single sets formerly available until In December , the first high-definition release of I Love Lucy was announced, with the Blu-ray edition of the first season, scheduled for May 5, The DVD releases feature the syndicated heart opening, and offer the original broadcast openings as bonus features.

Season 6 allows viewers to choose whether to watch the episodes with the original opening or the syndicated opening. Initially, the first season was offered in volumes, with four episodes per disc.

After the success of releasing seasons 2, 3, and 4 in slimpacks, the first season was re-released as a seven disc set, requiring new discs to be mastered and printed to include more episodes per disc so there would be fewer discs in the set.

For the complete series box set, the first season would be redone again, this time to six DVDs, retaining all bonus features. The individual volume discs for the first season are still in print, but are rare for lack of shelf space and because the slimpacks are more popular.

In , all season sets were reissued in slipcovered clear standard-sized amaray DVD cases, with season 1 being the 6-disc version as opposed to the 7-disc version. Season 1 includes the pilot and all 35 Season 1 episodes in a 7-disc set.

Season 2 includes all 31 Season 2 episodes in a 5-disc set. Season 3 includes all 31 Season 3 episodes in a 5-disc set. Season 2 and 3 are in a slimline pack. All three seasons have been restored and digitally remastered.

All episodes appear in order of their original air dates, although it states that some episodes may be edited from their original network versions.

It is unknown if the remaining seasons will be released individually. A DVD collection containing every colorized I Love Lucy episode as of August 13, will be released on that date as I Love Lucy: Colorized Collection and contains the fully colorized Christmas special, the "Lucy Goes to Scotland" episode, and every colorized episode that aired as part of the Christmas specials, Superstar Spectacular specials, and the Funny Money special.

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My mother kind of adopted him. Announcer uncredited 32 who played i love lucy, Leoda Richards Learn something famous plays turned movies every day Motorola moto g6 play case Playee InBall began a six-year run with The Lucy Showfollowed immediately in by six more years on a third sitcom, Here's Lucyfinally ending her regular appearances on CBS in This is due in part to the innovative filming techniques that distinguished it from all other sitcoms of the time.

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