Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Celebrations mark Lucille Ball's 95th birthday

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - The 95th anniversary of Lucille Ball's birth falls on Sunday, and it won't go uncelebrated.

This weekend in Jamestown, N.Y. -- 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" co-writer Bob Schiller, former Desilu contractee Carole Cook and a "Lucy" semi-regular, 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 episodes, including one from Lucy's last TV series that never aired.
Guests also will be able to see two rarely seen RKO features that the comedy genius made before her days as a major star: 1938's "Affairs of Annabel" and "Annabel Takes a Tour" (Lucy as a saucy starlet who'll stop at nothing to get publicity, aided by a indefatigable publicist, played in both by the comical Jack Oakie).
Reuters/Hollywood Reporter