October 15th National I Love Lucy Day

I Love Lucy was, and in some households is, one of the most popular shows in history. It began on October 15th, 1951 and lasting through the 1957 season going out while still on top of the charts. The show stared Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley and is considered the #2 most popular television shows by T.V. Guide.

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Naturally, the main star was Lucy. Lucille Ball had been a movie actress before taking to the small screen and a story that revolved around her and her real life husband, Desi Arnaz. One of the true Queens of Comedy was born in 1911 and went on after I Love Lucy came to an end with shows like The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here’s Lucy and Life With Lucy. She died in 1989.

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Desi Arnaz, alias Ricky Ricardo, played Lucy’s husband both on and off the show. Though their marriage ended they continued to work together and be close friends for a number of years. Desi was born in 1917 and died in 1986. After I Love Lucy he turned mainly to producing shows like Ann Sothern Show and The Untouchables.

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Lucy’s friend, Ethel, on I Love Lucy was only 2 years older than Lucy in real life being born in 1909 and passing in 1979 of bone and breast cancer. She continues to perform on The Lucy Show, stared in the movie The Great Race and on Broadway. She made several appearances on Life With Lucy before finding out about her cancer when she retired.

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William Frawley was truly the elder of all the cast having been born in 1887. He was actually a bit of a hot head, at one time punching a fellow actor. He was warned by Desi Arnaz when hired for I Love Lucy that he had three chances and after that would be fired. I don’t know how many chances he used up but he did make it to the end of the 1957 season. After I Love Lucy he went on to star in My Three Sons. Frawley died in 1966.

How to celebrate – I Love Lucy is on regularly in re-runs, spend a day catching up with the episodes. Check out all the collectibles continuing to sell from the I Love Lucy Show. With Halloween coming up, consider dressing up at one of the characters.

November 5th National Love Your Red Hair Day

Adrienne and Stephanie Vendetti, the authors of “How To Be A Redhead”, thought that redheads needed a day of their own to recognize their special attributes. Love Your Red Hair Day began in August of 2015. How it ended up in November is beyond me, I just sort of accept things like that. If you really want to know you can contact them at info@howtobearedhead.com. The fact is, red heads have always been special, I am not sure that they need a day to recognize this fact but they now have one.

We all know that Lucille Ball was a redhead. Who could ever forget? However, since her early television shows were in black and white that might have been difficult to determine. In fact, many famous people in history have been redheads. Some were real, some were not!

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Peter Pan, the boy (always played by a girl) was a redhead. Though interestingly most of the girls that played him were not natural redheads. Some say that his red hair led to his adventuresome nature. He was never asked about this since HE WASN’T REAL!

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However, Florence Nightingale was real enough and she was a redhead. Her life was nothing but an adventure (but she couldn’t fly). We all have our faults. Was it her red hair that made her save so many people? We may never know.

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And believe it or not, before he powdered his hair white to please Congress, George Washington was a redhead. Our first President, General of all the Continental Armies and a wise sage was all the rage with his red hair.

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And finally, at least for this blog, Genghis Khan was a redhead.

In fact there have been millions of people over the years that have made their way through life being redheaded. They have generally been considered a little hot headed, sexy, and risk takers. In other words, the kind of people you want to hang out with!

How to celebrate – If you are a redhead, enjoy your red hair, this is your day! Write to the Vendetti’s and offer your support! Be proud of who you are whether you have red hair, blonde hair, black hair, brown hair or no hair…it’s who you are.

October 15th I Love Lucy Day

It was on October 15th, 1951 that “I Love Lucy” went into production. It was the first show ever to have a script and be filmed live in front of an audience that got in for free! It was sort of like live theater, but with a lot of starts and stops.

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The original cast included Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley. Arnaz and Ball were actually married at the time, having tied the knot in 1940. Though at times it seemed as if there were a million episodes, the show only lasted 6 seasons, which is still pretty good! It won 5 Emmy Awards and was nominated for many, many more.

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It was rated #2 by TV Guide as the greatest tv show ever and was #1 on the Nielsen ratings when it went off the air. Everything was a Desilu Production, owned by Ball and Arnaz. They were supposed to be equal in the show but it soon became obvious that it was Lucy’s show.  In 2007 it was rated by Time Magazine as one of the top 100 television shows of all-time.

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It’s hard to watch an episode and not find some humor that can be related to some part of everyone’s life. They wanted to keep the show family oriented and fun for all while still being as real as they could be. The couple being married, and Desi’s real life music shows, kept them grounded as the show was as much about them, as it was about all of America.

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Sadly the couple parted a few years after the show went off the air in 1960. Apparently Lucille thought that Ricki was pulling a Bill Clinton on her and could not stand the strain of it any longer. They did remain friends though, each getting married again but remaining in contact with the other until Arnaz death in 1986.

How to celebrate – Take in a marathon of “I Love Lucy” as it still is readily available on re-runs. Try to relate as many of the mistakes that happened to Lucy to your life. Visit the Lucille Ball shop at Universal Studios.

March 31st National “She’s Funny That Way” Day

Back in Shakespeare’s day if you wanted to be a comedian you had to be a man, even if you dressed like a woman. Boy have things changed!  The first known female stand-up comedian was Moms Mabley, working in vaudeville starting in 1908.  Many have followed, Jane Curtain, Goldie Hawn, Gilda Radner, Phyllis Diller, Whoopie Goldberg, Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, the list goes on and on and on.

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Some play roles like the grandmother that suddenly says something totally out of their character, like Betty White.  Some are a little more risqué, like Mae West.  Others use their cuteness to sell their comedy, like Kaley Cuoco.  Make no mistake though, they all have studied their craft and know their jobs well.

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Comedy is not easy.  Timing is everything.  Give the joke away too soon and it’s no longer funny, drag it out too long and its dry and boring.  Some have made their acts so political the only ones who think they are funny are the ones who agree with their point of view.  Some use sex as shock value, people believing only those kinds of thoughts could come from a man.  Some use everyday life, finding the humor in it and passing that on to their audience.  Whichever tickles your funny bone is right for you.9b5

Laughter is good for you, it decreases stress, increases immune cells, increases infection-fighting antibodies, releases endorphins and helps relieve pain.  Even if it kills you… well, at least you died laughing!    So here’s to all the ladies that make us laugh, this is their day!  But really, it’s your day because the world is a much better place because of them.

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