Still in Love with Lucy

by Thomas Watson

Monday, July 21, 2003

Dear Fellow Lucy Fans,

Remembering Ed Perlstein

We were saddened by the news of the recent death of Lucy's longtime attorney, Ed Perlstein, who died at Tarzana Hospital (in suburban Los Angeles) July 12; he was 76.

Perlstein enjoyed a long career in entertainment law, starting with a position with the William Morris talent agency in the 1951. He joined Desilu Studios in 1963, and remained with the company until Lucy sold it to Gulf & Western Industries in 1967. He then worked with Universal Studios (1967-69) and Ray Stark Productions (1969-72), before returning to Lucille Ball Productions in 1972.

He remained a consultant to Lucy and Lucille Ball Productions for the balance of her life. Once the company ceased operations in 1990, Ed continued to serve as a legal consultant for Gary Morton, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Jr. It was Ed who helped Lucie Arnaz find the original manuscript for what became the 1996 autobiography, "Love, Lucy," which Lucille started in 1963 with writer Betty Hannah Hoffman.

Ed was one of our special guests at the Loving Lucy 2000 convention, in which he participated in a panel discussion about working with Lucy at Desilu.

(Left to right): Yours truly, Ed, Cleo Smith, Bernie Weitzman,
and Wanda Clark, backstage at Loving Lucy 2000.


Have a great week, everybody!


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