Still in Love with Lucy
by Thomas Watson
Monday, March 24, 2003 Updated
Dear Fellow Lucy Fans,
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I hope all of your favorites won at last night's Oscar Awards ceremony -- many of mine did! After last week's "Photo of the Week" story about Lucy's appearance in the 1955 Oscars, longtime fan Louis Guili wrote to remind us that she was also a presenter in 1952:
"I enjoyed seeing the photo of Lucy with Karl Freund when he was honored by the Academy.
This past week, A&E aired their biography of Vivien Leigh. The showed a brief clip from the Oscar ceremony of 1952, when Miss Leigh won for "A Streetcar Named Desire." However, the clip was of Lucille Ball presenting an award. According to the book, 'Inside Oscar,' Lucy presented the Cartoon & Short Subjects Awards. She wore a pink evening gown designed by Mitchell Leisen. When she stumbled over the name of a French nominee, she said of the cue-card writers, 'They loused up on their French!'
UPDATE: Another longtime Lucyfan, Jim Sheridan, adds that there is a framed photograph of Lucy with the 1952 "Best Cartoon" Oscar winner (a Disney artist) hanging in the Disney All-Star Movie Hotel at DisneyWorld in Orlando, FL. Look for it the next time you visit the park!
Louis Guili also asked if Lucy's brother Fred were still alive... And we are pleased to report that he is -- and doing well, thank you -- at his home in Arizona. Fred and his wife Zoe were among our special guests two years ago at our Loving Lucy 2001 Convention, and they also visited Los Angeles that summer to help launch sales of the Lucille Ball commemorative stamp. Here's a photo of Fred, snapped on our reconstructed set of the Ricardo apartment:
Zoe, by the way, will be joining us in Jamestown over Memorial Day weekend for this year's Lucy festival... Come by and see us if you can!
Have a great week everybody!
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