Still in Love with Lucy

by Thomas Watson

Monday, November 15, 2004

Fellow Lucyfans,

New Jamestown Catalog Released

Currently being shipped to members of the Lucy-Desi Museum of Jamestown, NY, is the organization's annual Gift Shop Catalog. Featured on the cover of the 32-page full-size full-color catalog is the latest of the annual Mattel Lucy dolls -- this one featuring Lucy Ricardo in a blue-dot housedress.

Inside are literally hundreds of Lucy-related collectibles, everything from books to videos to leather jackets to snow globes. There are music boxes, license plates, salt-and-pepper shakers, puzzles, wall and desk clocks, charm bracelets, and Christmas tree ornaments. There are even "I Love Lucy" themed chairs, perfect for your office or "Lucy" room! Literally something for everyone on your holiday shopping list.

Helping to "show off" many of the catalog items are celebrities who visited Jamestown during one or both of the past summer's Lucy festivals -- people like Doris Singleton and Steve Kay, Dann Cahn, Bob Schiller, Larry Orenstein, Wanda Clark, Frank Gorey, impressionists Diane Vincent and Adrian Israel, and authors Gregg Oppenheimer, Michael Karol, Allan Glaser and illustrator Rick Carl.

If you are not already a member of the Lucy-Desi Museum, you can purchase a catalog at the Lucy-Desi web site at:

Artwork for "I Love Lucy" DVDs - 3rd Season Set

Producer Gregg Oppenheimer sent us the recently-approved artwork for Paramount Home Video's upcoming "I Love Lucy -- The Complete 3rd Season" set of DVDs.

Look for it in stores begining February 1.

Lucie Dazzles at the Cinegrill

Lucie Arnaz brought her cabaret act to Hollywood last week for a five-night stand at the film capital's famed Cinegrill night spot -- and, indeed, every night was like "old home week." Opening night brought out the likes of Michelle Lee, Sally Struthers, Tab Hunter, Sandra Church, Desilu's Bernie Weitzman, Wanda Clark, Irma Kusely, authors Allan Glaser, Tom Gilbert and Steve Sanders, and super-agent Roger Vorce.

Subsequent performances were seen by Lucie's step brother Greg Hirsch, and by her cousin Pam Ball and their spouses. Also flocking to the Cinegrill were such longtime friends as Margie Durante, Lorna Luft, Dann Cahn, Bill Asher, Lainie Kazan, Melody Thomas Scott, Frank Gorey, Larry Orenstein, designer Ret Turner, and Carol Bayer Sager. Longtime Lucie fan (and Lucy fan!) Michael Stern (see photo below) saw the show four of the five nights, as did Lucy-Desi Museum director Ric Wyman. The list goes on...

Included (among other numbers) in Lucie's repertoire were such standards as "I'm Beginning to See the Light," "Moonglow," and "It's All Right with Me;" the less-well known but dynamic "Other Lady" and "Just a Housewife;" a song Lucie herself wrote, "View from Here;" the title song to her Broadway musical, "They're Playing Our Song;" a tribute to her father called "Quiereme Mucho," and her mother's favorite song, "Make Someone Happy." To quote a review in the Los Angeles Times: "Arnaz, singing with a warm, throaty sound and phrase-ending quaver, brought a dramatic viewpoint to each tune, telling stories with an actor's concern for lyrical detail and emotional thrust." They called it "a show that sings"!

Lucie and Michael Stern

Have a great week everybody!


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