Still in Love with Lucy

by Thomas Watson

Monday, November 4, 2002

Dear Fellow Lucy Fans,

Happy Birthday, Elois!

Birthday greetings to Elois Jenssen, the Hollywood fashion designer who created Lucy's wardrobe for "Lured" (1947), "Forever Darling"(1956), and two seasons of I Love Lucy (1953-55). Elois' birthday is November 5th.

Among Elois' most famous "Lucy creations" is the black-lace housecoat (which many fans consider to be the penultimate Lucy outfit, second only to the famed blue polka-dot dresses).

Elois also designed Lucy and Ethel's breakaway "Friendship" gowns; Lucy's fancy sweater-top worn in the "knives" episode; and the outrageous "let her get a load of us" outfits Lucy and Ethel wore after graduating from Charm School.

Elois won an Oscar for her outfits for Cecil B. DeMille's "Samson and Delilah" (1949), and a nomination for her designs for Disney's "Tron" (1980). She retired a few years ago, and is now a resident at the Motion Picture Home. Happy birthday, Elois!

Lucy Movie Underway

CBS received good ratings and high praise for its recent made-for-television biography of Jackie Gleason -- and is moving full-steam-ahead on plans for a Lucille Ball bio-pic. Tentatively titled, "Redhead," the film is currently in the casting stage, but there is no word yet as to who will play the leads. The project is being produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the team responsible for the "Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows" biography a couple of years ago. Rumor has it, the Lucy biography will be shot in Australia! We will keep you updated as things move along...

That's all for today... Thanks for coming by!


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