Saturday, August 6, 2011
Today is Lucille Ball's 100th birthday. As a comedian, dancer, and even in the field of pantomine, she was a hard act to beat. Her shows, with husband Desi Arnaz at her side, made television history and set the format for the modern sit-com still in use today. This is one of the highlights from the "I Love Lucy Show." In this clip is all you will ever need to know about this woman's timing and comedic capabilities. This is the famous Marx Brothers "Mirror Scene", reprised here with Lucy playing Groucho's part opposite Harpo. The above clip begins with some real Marx Brothers antics, so be patient. It's worth the wait.
And here is another clip from the "I Love Lucy Show." In this episode Lucy is attempting to slim down in time for a nightclub number with Ricky. This clip showcases her dancing abilities.
"I Love Lucy" was a groundbreaker for so many reasons, not least of which is that it marked the beginning of video taping TV shows and later, using these tapes to invent TV syndicated re-runs as we know them today. The fact that the show still airs, in almost every country, including China, 50 years after it's first broadcast in 1951 undercsores the universal appeal of Lucille Ball's character. She is still the embodiment of men and women, everywhere, and our own comedic attempts to sometimes be more than what we are, and then laugh at ourselves if we fail.
Happy 100th Lucy!