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 ...Read more
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 ...Read more