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Aug 01, 2006
Celebrations mark Lucille Ball's 95th birthday

The 95th anniversary of Lucille Ball's birth falls on Sunday, and it won't go uncelebrated.

This weekend in Jamestown, New York--where Lucy was born and has since been buried and where a major Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz museum now exists--they'll be having a Lucy birthday blowout, with Lucy-Desi fans expected from all over the globe.

The organizers, led by Ric Wyman, executive director of the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center in Jamestown, have scheduled three days of events, including such special guests as Lucy film editor Dann Cahn, Lucy cowriter Bob Schiller, former Desilu contractee Carole Cook, and a Lucy semiregular, the amazing 101-year-old actor Charles Lane.

There also will be a large-scale Lucy-Desi memorabilia collectors' show, seminars, picnics, a boat cruise, town tour of Lucy sights, book signings by authors of Lucy-Desi tomes, and screenings of various Desilu TV ...

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The PBS series American Masters will give viewers an in-depth look at the life, career, and creative process of comedian Bob Newhart in this Wednesday's prime-time episode.
Jul 19, 2005
PBS honors Bob Newhart

Veteran comic Bob Newhart has been selected as a subject for PBS's American Masters, a series of "film portraits" that celebrate the lives and works of the country's most creative and significant artists. Previous episodes have featured the likes of Lucille Ball, Aretha Franklin, Arthur Miller, Rod Serling, and more than 100 other influential "masters."

Newhart, a former accountant, began his comedy career in 1960, when Warner Bros. Records released his debut comedy album, "The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart." The record shot to number one on the charts and won three Grammys, inspiring Newhart to move to Hollywood to star in an NBC variety show. The show, though it won an Emmy, was canceled after one year due to poor ratings.

After seasoning his talent for a few years in guest roles and nightclub appearances, Newhart returned to TV with the CBS sitcom The Bob Newhart Show ...

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12.24.1956
Episode 26 Season 6
The Ricardos Dedicate a Statue
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5.6.1957
Episode 25 Season 6
Lucy Raises Tulips
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4.29.1957
Episode 24 Season 6
Country Club Dance
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4.22.1957
Episode 23 Season 6
Building a B.B.Q.
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4.8.1957
Lucy McGillicuddy Ricardo
Ricky Ricardo
Fred Hobart Mertz
Ethel Mertz
Little Ricky
Cuban-born bandleader, Ricky Ricardo, and his wife, Lucy, live in a Brownstone apartment building on East 68th Street in New York City. The beautiful but daffy Lucy has the nasty habit of getting into jams, scrapes, and predicaments of all kinds. The Ricardos' best friends and landlords, Fred and Ethel Mertz, frequently find themselves in the middle of Lucy's outlandish escapades, whether she's plotting to land a part in her husband's nightclub act, determined to write her first novel, or concocting yet another sure-fire "get-rich-quick" scheme. After Lucy gives birth to their only child, Little Ricky, Ricky achieves great success as an entertainer. Ricky is asked to go to Hollywood to star in his first motion picture. Together, the Ricardos and the Mertzes drive to California for Ricky's big break. Along the way, they are held at gunpoint when they try to flee a rundown motel, square-dance their way out of a Tennessee jail, and put on a benefit show for Ethel's hometown friends in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Once in Hollywood, star-struck Lucy spills a tray of desserts on William Holden, gets trapped in John Wayne's dressing room, and wrestles with with a dog guarding Richard Widmark's estate. By the time Ricky has finished his movie, Lucy has developed quite a reputation, and all of Hollywood is relieved to learn that the redheaded dynamo is on her way home. Shortly after the Ricardos return home to New York, the Ricky Ricardo Orchestra is booked for an extensive European tour, and Lucy, Ricky, Fred, and Ethel soon find themselves visiting England, France, Switzerland and Italy, where Lucy ends up barefoot in a vat - stomping grapes in a small vineyard. Back in the States, Lucy and Ricky decide to move to the country so that Little Ricky can enjoy the benefits of "clean, fresh, air and homegrown foods." The Ricardos break the news to Fred and Ethel and buy a home in Westport, Connecticut, but the Ricardos and Mertzes can't stay apart for long, and soon Fred and Ethel relocate to Westport, renting the Ricardos' guest house. With the Mertzes close by, Lucy grows tulips that melt in the sun, learns all about how NOT to raise chickens, battles with a runaway lawn mower, and experiences many other joys that country life has to offer. Nielsen TV Ratings History: #3 in the 1951-1952 season #1 in the 1952-1953 season #1 in the 1953-1954 season #1 in the 1954-1955 season #2 in the 1955-1956 season #1 in the 1956-1957 seasonmoreless