Still in Love with Lucy
by Thomas Watson
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 -- Lucille Ball's Birthday!
Dear Fellow Lucyfans:
Many thanks to the Lucy-Desi Center in Jamestown, New York, for another successful -- and very delightful -- festival! Special guests Joe Ruskin, Ruta Lee and Lou Ann Graham (Vivian Vance's sister) were especially entertaining... Author Allan Glaser was featured in a special luncheon salute to fashion designer Elois Jenssen, and two of Lucy's longtime employees, Wanda Clark and Frank Gorey, shared wonderful stories about working with the Redhead. Impressionists Diane Vincent and Rhonda Medina were also on hand, presenting two special dinner shows...
But perhaps the "star" of the weekend was the new Lucy-Desi Museum, which opened its doors -- at 10 West 3rd Street -- for the first time on Friday, August 1. Among the special exhibits there is Lucille Ball's 1972 gold Mercedes-Benz, donated to the Museum by Lucy's son-in-law, Laurence Luckinbill. The Museum has had it in storage for years -- has never had room to display it until now. The car sits in a special room, surrounded by mirrors, which makes it look even more spectacular -- if that's possible!
The original Lucy-Desi Museum (at 212 Pine Street) closed its doors for the last time on Sunday, August 4... Various display items will go into storage, but others are being transferred into the new facility -- even as we "speak."
Lucie Joins Broadway Cabaret Festival
Lucie Arnaz will be among the entertainers performing at the 4th annual Broadway Cabaret Festival at Manhattan's Town Hall, October 17-19, 2008.
Lucie will be part of the Sunday afternoon finale -- "Broadway Originals" -- presented Sunday, October 19, at 3PM. She'll be one of approximately 20 stars who will sing songs they originated in Broadway productions or revivals. Also featured in this event will be Stephen Mo Hanan, Karen Morrow, and Pam Myers.
FROM PREVIOUS WEEKS:
Dann Cahn Memoirs...
Good News! Dann Cahn, the original film editor on I Love Lucy -- and later a director of various films and television programs -- tells us that he is back at his computer keyboard, writing the fourth (and final) installment of his "Lucy" memoirs, "The Best of Times." Dann hopes to have the article finished in the next few months, and will be selling it to interested fans...
As our regular readers know, Dann has been writing his memoirs in the form of "articles" for the past several years. He started writing them in the early 1990s as stories for "Cinema Editor," the official publication of American Cinema Editors, Inc. (an honorary professional society). When Lucy fans discovered them, Dann revised and expanded the articles, and illustrated them with photos from his personal collection. Each has been published in a self-contained booklet.
To date, Dann has finished three stories devoted to his "Lucy" years: (1) "The Beginning," recounting the start of "I Love Lucy" -- and how Dann was hired to work on the series. (2) "The Cuban Caper," which tells how Dann was sent to Cuba by Desilu to film special footage for the first Lucy-Desi special, "Lucy Takes a Cruise to Havana." and (3) "Movies & Memories," which harkens back to the 1930s when Lucy -- and Danny -- were both starting out in Hollywood... and ends with them working together on "Forever, Darling" in the 1950s.
Dann sold copies of the booklets at the Lucy-Desi Festival in Jamestown, NY, over Memorial Day -- but also wants to make them available again to readers of this web site. The spiral-bound booklets are priced at $12 each or all three for $28 (including postage and handling), and can be purchased from Dann directly.
Send check or money order to:Mr. Dann Cahn
PO Box 49824
Los Angeles, CA 90049
If you want the booklet(s) inscribed, please enclose a note indicating to whom he should sign the inscription(s).
Howard Rayfiel Remembers Lucy...
Howard Rayfiel, resident counsel to Desilu Productions and later a vice-president at Lucille Ball Productions, has written a fascinating new memoir, "Where the Hell is Desilu?" (Photo left by Jean Ferro.)
The book -- subtitled, "How to Fail in Hollywood Without Really Trying" -- spans not only Howard's 9-year association with our favorite redhead, but his entire career in the business of "entertainment law."
Included are behind-the-scenes stories about the final years of The Lucy Show and the subsequent Here's Lucy series.
The book is available for purchase over the internet ($15.95 + shipping) at: www.lulu.com
(If the above link does not work, type into your browser -- www.lulu.com -- That will take you to a main page with a "search" function. In the "search" box type -- desilu -- which should take you to the proper location.)
Have a great week everybody!
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