Still in Love with Lucy

by Thomas Watson

Monday, November 26, 2007

Dear Fellow Lucyfans:

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, and that no one got trampled in the "Black Friday" shopping blitz the day after... Ah, the holiday season!

There is not much in the way of Lucy news this week, so I thought I'd share a few things from our e-mail...

Scarlett O'Lucy?

We've all read (or seen) in "Gone With the Wind" that a penniless Scarlet O'Hara, needing a fancy frock, made a gown out of old curtains -- and gave Carol Burnett's writers an idea for an unforgettable TV sketch...

Well, longtime Lucyfan and artist Dave Woodman wrote last week to ask if anyone had noticed the similarity between the drapes in Lucy Carmichael's Danfield livingroom, and a jacket-blouse that she later wore in the Hollywood-based shows? (There was also an arm chair on the Danfield set covered with the same material.)

While this could just be a coincidence -- Lucy simply liked the pattern -- it could also be that Desilu fashion designer Eddie Stevenson, borrowing a page from Scarlett, did indeed make the garment from the no-longer needed draperies. If so, he embroidered some orange-colored flowers on the blouse to make it more colorful...

Waste not, want not!

Robert Taylor Orange

And another longtime fan, Jim Halligan, wrote to tell us that he still has the orange that was given to attendees of one of our Loving Lucy Conventions (1996-2001).

The oranges were handed to guests who took our Hollywood Bus Tour as the people reboarded the buses at the Farmer's Market.

Says Jim, "Would you believe I still have that orange? It sits on a couner in my kitchen among a few other Lucy collectibles. You can almost make out Robert Taylor's signature. Darn, if I only had a Richard Widmark grapefruit, too."

Have a great week everybody!

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