Still in Love with Lucy

by Thomas Watson

Monday, January 31, 2005

Dear Lucyfans...

Happy Birthday, Charles

Longtime character actor Charles Lane celebrated his 100th birthday this past Wednesday (January 26) -- but the official party was yesterday, January 30... and what a joyous event it was!

Charlie, of course, appeared many times with Lucy over the years in both movies and television programs... so there was a big "Lucy contingent" at the party. Among the Lucy celebrities were director Billy Asher and his wife; film editor Dann Cahn and his wife; director Jay Sandrich; writer Bob Schiller; actresses Shirley Mitchell (who read special greetings from Lucie and Desi, Jr.) and Peggy Rea; and actor William Schallert (who bestowed Lane with a special certificate of appreciation from the Screen Actors Guild). Also, Mrs. Jess Oppenheimer and Mr. and Mrs. Gregg Oppenheimer.

Representing "The Lucy Show," on which Charlie played Danfield banker "Mr. Barnsdahl," were Jimmy Garrett and Candy Moore, seen here with longtime Lucy associate, Frank Gorey (left):

Also attending were actress Cara Williams, actor Frank Aletter, and Johnny Grant, "the honorary Mayor of Hollywood" -- and dozens of Lane friends and family members.

Nearly two dozen of you were kind to send special birthday greetings to Mr. Lane in care of the fan club, and I presented them to Charlie at the party:

The party was planned by producers Garrett Boyajian and George Ridjaneck, who are also producing a documentary about Charlie's long career. Rick Carl created the invitations, place cards and centerpieces.

We will have a special page of photos from the party posted on this web site in the next few days.

New "Lucy" Documentary on E!

E! Entertainment cable network has scheduled a new "Lucy" documentary to air Sunday evening, March 6, as part of its "True Hollywood Story" series. Check your local cable listings for exact time and channel in your area.

New Mattel Doll Announced

Since 1997, Mattel Toys has released limited edition “I Love Lucy” collector dolls. The first year the doll celebrated Lucy’s role as Vitameatavegamin spokesperson. The following year, Lucy was a candy wrapper and most recently she was dressed in her trademark polka dot dress from the famous “Sales Resistance” episode.

This year's doll (tentatively scheduled to be released in June) will feature Lucy Ricardo as the snaggle-toothed old queen of the gypsies from “The Operetta” . This one is sure to become a best seller!

The Lucy-Desi Museum Gift Shop is taking pre-orders. For more information, visit their online store at:

Please note that your credit card won’t be charged until the day the doll ships out to you and by pre-ordering, the gift shop will include a free “I Love Lucy” gift valued at $9.95 when the doll ships. It’s just their way of thanking you for your continued support.

Lucie and Kate Photos

We heard this past week from Laura Johansen, who hosts the Lucie Arnaz web site. She tells us that she's now posted more photos and information about Lucie and daughter Kate's recent performance of "Hey, Look Me Over" at Broadway's tribute to Cy Coleman.

The direct link is:

Pardon Our Dust

And speaking of web sites, please bear with us as we undertake a much needed updating/renovation... We are in the process of adding some pages, moving a few, deleting a few -- hopefully making even more meaningful for Lucyfans everywhere. Many thanks...

Have a great week everybody!


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