(Throughout the years, rumors flew as to the color's origin, including one that Lucy decided upon the dye job in an effort to somehow rival Betty Grable.)It was on the set of an innocuous film, that Lucille Ball first met her future husband, Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz.
This chapter is about the historical setting in which television came to be in America, the significance of certain television shows, the development of new television genres, and some early history of television and the transition from radio. It covers some relevant ideological issues of the time as well as important shows, including I Love Lucy. It is useful to me for understanding the culture in which Lucy was a success, as well as some history of the show.
The first ‘I Love Lucy’ aired on 15th October 1951 and these are some of my favourite moments:
This scene is where Lucy tries her hand at being the ‘Vegemeatavegamin’ girl for the TV sponsors on Ricky’s show. I first saw this when I was tiny and I still find it hilarious even if it is very silly!
While this article isn’t directly related to I Love Lucy, it is about the function of humor as a subversive tool by oppressed women in post war America. A lot of it analyzes specific pieces of writing which are not at all relevant to my inquiry, but it also includes information about the cultural climate of the 1950s for women and theories on the use of humor. It also describes and explains the way women had to relate to humor at that time, which will be useful in justifying humor that could be interpreted as degrading.
By 1942 Lucille Ball now had the red hair she would be known for but felt her career had stagnated, and so Desi suggested she tried broadcasting. Lucy got a part in a radio comedy called: which was the template for what was to become on television but the network wanted someone other than Arnaz to play her husband, someone from North America. Ball turned it down flat and walked away from the contract.
its movies consisted of I Love Lucy Star Treck and The Untouchables.
I Love Lucy
was a desilu production and a smashing success.
Desi was ambitious and productive despite having to fight against the racism of 1940’s Hollywood had against ; Desi and Lucy would become the first a power couple in the same vein of today. In later interviews Lucille Ball would speak about her ex-husband with high regard, stating it was his forethought and business acumen that helped them achieve their level of success.
Desi Arnaz ( – ; age 69) was a singer and actor best known for his starring role on . He co-founded Desilu with his wife Lucille Ball. She bought his shares of the company in 1961, three years before joined their studio. His son-in-law, appeared as in .
Desi Arnaz's 1976 autobiography, chronicles their years together from his perspective, and Bart Andrews' " (1976) features a complete plot summary for each of the show's episodes.
She was survived by her husband, her two children by Arnaz, Luci and Desi Junior, and millions of fans who continue to watch her in re-runs of which is now also available on video cassette.Lucy was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame on October 5, 2002.
‘I Love Lucy’ was a comedy loosely based on her marriage with her then husband and co-star . Her character, , was a stay at home mum but in reality Lucille Ball was a powerful business woman. A Four-timewinner, Lucille Ball was not just a movie and television star, but also the first female head of a , blazing a trail for all females in the business.
In 1951 Lucy and Desi had their first child, , when Ball was 39 years old which was considered very old and the risk of complications was very high – until now her career had come first and babies just had to fit in later. She had her baby practically on air as her planned was timed for the same day the episode when Lucy gave birth to baby ‘Ricky’ was aired. This was such a massive event that it attracted more television viewers than ceremonies or the coronation of
This article focuses on the ways in which mass consumerism is fundamental to the cultural phenomenon that still surrounds I Love Lucy. This ideology was pushed in the world of the show as well as through its syndication, the multitudes of Lucy brand products available for purchase at the time of its airing, and the nostalgic collectables available now. The consumption of products isn’t particularly relevant to my inquiry, but the article also discusses the consumption of the implicit in the show, arguing that these were against domesticity.
This essay analyzes both Lucy’s reception in light of the patriarchal, domestic culture of the 1950s, as well as its effect on that culture. It explains the show’s success from a proto-feminist standpoint, describing the ground that Lucille Ball broke both directly on screen and subversively on screen. It argues almost exactly what I wish to argue, so it will be very useful as I make my thesis point. I have three pieces from this author so I can trust that she has given great thought to the subject.