I Love Lucy's Lucille Ball Turns 100 Years Old - Supported The Gays

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    Aug 07, 2011 7:49 PM GMT
    Lucy turned 100 years old yesterday. I used to watch the show with my grandma during the few summers I was sent to stay with my grandparents. I loved I Love Lucy. I've seen every episode at least three times.

    Turns out Lucy didn't have any problems with the gays even way back then without the Internets. RIP Ms. Ball.

    Lucille Ball Found Gay Rights "Perfectly All Right"
    By Jeremy Kinser

    http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2011/08/06/Lucille_Ball_Found_Gay_Rights_Perfectly_All_Right/

    There have been a multitude of tributes this week remembering comedy icon Lucille Ball who was born 100 years ago today, but a vintage interview with People magazine reveals the late entertainer was in favor of gay rights.

    In a candid interview from 1980, Ball was asked her thoughts on a number of subjects, including gay rights. "It's perfectly all right with me," she replied. "Some of the most gifted people I've ever met or read about are homosexual. How can you knock it?"

    As an entertainer, Ball obviously had many gay coworkers and friends. In 2001, one of her gay friends, Lee Tannen, wrote a book about his relationship with her. In it he recalls a mutual friend telling Ball how gay men adored her and how her curiosity was piqued when she heard about a gay bar in West Hollywood that played marathons of I Love Lucy episodes.

    Tannen later told Out magazine, "Lucy Ricardo was the true gay icon, as "Lucy Ricardo was the underdog who was always trying to prove herself, and I think many gay men can identify with that."

    He went on to say that "Ricardo was the perfect gay icon for the post-Stonewall generation. She wasn't a tragic victim like Judy Garland."
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    Aug 08, 2011 4:48 AM GMT
    come on. its lucy. luuuuuuuccyy!!
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    Aug 08, 2011 4:56 AM GMT
    Truly a legend!!!

    I was watching clips last night. VitaMeataVegemin is STILL one of the funniest things I have EVER seen.

    Still miss her!!! She was the best!!!!
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    Aug 08, 2011 4:58 AM GMT
    Amen. Thanks for sharing the article. She was pretty progressive 31 years ago in her views.
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    Aug 08, 2011 5:08 AM GMT
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    Cash saidTruly a legend!!!

    I was watching clips last night. VitaMeataVegemin is STILL one of the funniest things I have EVER seen.

    Still miss her!!! She was the best!!!!

    L O V E... I T !!!


    Haven't seen that in years..
    Thanks for posting that..

    Don't forget the grape stomping and the Chocolate eating episodes. Those are two other classics.

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    Aug 08, 2011 5:10 AM GMT



    This


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    and this, lol!

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    Aug 08, 2011 5:14 AM GMT
    TheGuyNextDoor said
    Cash saidTruly a legend!!!

    I was watching clips last night. VitaMeataVegemin is STILL one of the funniest things I have EVER seen.

    Still miss her!!! She was the best!!!!


    L O V E... I T !!!


    I absolutely loved this episode. i remember laughing my ass off the first time i watched it. OMG WHEN SHE PICKED UP THE BOTTLE AND DOWNED IT. thats smart!
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    Aug 08, 2011 5:41 AM GMT
    Mi encanta Lucy!





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    Aug 08, 2011 6:14 AM GMT
    Loved her since I was a child. I have the whole series on dvd. <3<3<3
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    Aug 06, 2014 6:42 PM GMT
    Lucille Ball was born on this day in 1911. I Love Lucy was one of the first television shows to feature a woman lead, and her groundbreaking role created a space for women to be funny, clearing the way for countless other woman comedians.


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    Aug 06, 2014 7:19 PM GMT
    Oddly, she actually wasn't a naturally good comedienne at all. She couldn't do stand-up comedy, didn't write her own material, couldn't tell a joke.

    She was instead a greatly underrated actor, as Orson Welles claimed (he did a guest spot on one of the Lucy episodes). She acted brilliantly funny, but she wasn't an intrinsically funny person.

    The show's writers all relate how during the first weekly script read-through sessions she didn't know where the jokes were. Her husband Desi and others helped her find the humor. But from that point she knew how to play the character, and began to embellish the lines.

    I think in many ways that's the more impressive talent - the basically unfunny person who created one of the funniest and best remembered characters TV ever had.
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    Aug 06, 2014 8:07 PM GMT
    One of the best comedians ever- but I wouldn't refer to her as being 100 years old. She hasn't aged a bit since she died.
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    Aug 06, 2014 10:00 PM GMT
    She could make a troubled little kid giggle!!
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    Aug 07, 2014 12:11 AM GMT
    My favorite show too. I have the DVD collection. icon_biggrin.gif Good, clean, and wholesome comedy that's very funny without any perversions and dirty jokes.
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    Aug 07, 2014 1:05 AM GMT
    Cash saidTruly a legend!!!

    I was watching clips last night. VitaMeataVegemin is STILL one of the funniest things I have EVER seen.

    Still miss her!!! She was the best!!!!


    I love this one too!
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    Aug 07, 2014 2:23 AM GMT
    I grew up near where Lucy was born and have been through her museum there. I remember watching her as a kid with my family. It WAS good wholesome humor, what a talent but then so many of that generation were!
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    Aug 07, 2014 4:35 AM GMT
    Cash saidTruly a legend!!!

    I was watching clips last night. VitaMeataVegemin is STILL one of the funniest things I have EVER seen.

    Still miss her!!! She was the best!!!!

    One of my BFs collected Barbie-type dolls that were dressed and looked like actresses in famous roles. For instance, Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara, in her green window drapes dress.

    And Lucy doing VitaMeataVegemin, standing behind the TV studio prop counter. It's still that famous, all these years later.
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    Aug 08, 2014 1:08 AM GMT
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    Cash saidTruly a legend!!!

    I was watching clips last night. VitaMeataVegemin is STILL one of the funniest things I have EVER seen.

    Still miss her!!! She was the best!!!!

    One of my BFs collected Barbie-type dolls that were dressed and looked like actresses in famous roles. For instance, Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara, in her green window drapes dress.

    And Lucy doing VitaMeataVegemin, standing behind the TV studio prop counter. It's still that famous, all these years later.


    Love the VitaMeataVegemin episode. My mom says that one night I was a little kid watching that episode and I was laughing hysterically at it. She said it's the first time she remembers me laughing like that. Love Lucy she rocks! One of the few women I get really gay about lol. And she was a very talented, versatile actress.
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