Still in Love with Lucy
by Thomas Watson
Monday, November 22, 2004
Remembering Cy Coleman
We were saddened to learn of the death of Broadway composer Cy Coleman, who passed away early Friday morning at New York Hospital. Coleman, of course, wrote the music for Lucille Ball's 1960 show, "Wildcat," and for such subsequent hits as "Sweet Charity," "Seesaw," "I Love My Wife," "City of Angels," "On the Twentieth Century," "The Will Rogers Follies," and "The Life."
Among his huge repertoire of songs were "The Best is Yet to Come," "Witchcraft," "A Doodlin' Song," "If My Friends Could See Me Now," and, yes, "Hey, Look Me Over."
Coleman also wrote the music (and co-produced) Shirley MacLaine's 1975 television special, "Gypsy in My Soul," on which Lucy was the guest-star. In 1988, Coleman wrote what would be Lucy's last "big number" in any show, "Comedy Ain't No Joke," for the "Bob Hope 85th Birthday Celebration" special.
Lucie Arnaz has been a Coleman fan since childhood. "When I was nine I could mime the entire 'Wildcat' album," she once confessed. She later had a chance to work with the man she called a "crazed genius" when she went on the road in a company of "Seesaw."
Coleman was saluted two weeks ago at a star-studded benefit for The Actors Fund in Los Angeles, and Lucie was among those participating. "I am stunned (by Cy's sudden passing)," said Lucie over the weekend. "I can't stop thinking about him. What a loss!"
Among the items being sold in the latest Profiles in History Hollywood Auction coming up December 10, is a small piece of fringe reportedly from the outlandish costume Vivian Vance wore in "The Black Wig" episode of I Love Lucy. (You remember -- the one that Ethel said looked like an ad for an "around the world tour.")
The catalog says this swatch was taken after the costume was restored in 1995. The fringe is matted together with a photo of Lucy and Ethel from the scene in which the costume was worn. The item is expected to sell for $800-$1200. For more information about the auction, visit:
Have a great Thanksgiving everybody!
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