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Vivian Vance
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Lucy Calls the President (1977)
[ Lucille Ball ][ Mary Wickes ]
The Great Houdini (1976)
[ Adrienne Barbeau ][ Sally Struthers ][ Ruth Gordon ][ Maureen O'Sullivan ]
Getting Away from It All (1972)
[ Ej Peaker ]
Lucy and Lawrence Welk (1970)
The Front Page (1970)
Lucy, the Matchmaker (1968)
Lucy and Viv Reminisce (1968)
Viv Visits Lucy (1967)
The Great Race (1965)
[ Natalie Wood ]
Lucy and Viv Become Tycoons (1963)
Lucy's Barbershop Quartet (1963)
Appleby's Sleepwalk (1961)
Appleby's Fallout Shelter (1960)
Appleby's Predictions (1960)
Milton Berle Hides at the Ricardos (1959)
[ Lucille Ball ]
Lucy Wants a Career (1959)
[ Lucille Ball ]
The Ricardos Go to Japan (1959)
[ Lucille Ball ]
Lucy Makes Room for Danny (1958)
[ Lucille Ball ]
Lucy Goes to Mexico (1958)
[ Lucille Ball ]
Lucy Raises Tulips (1957)
[ Lucille Ball ]
Country Club Dance (1957)
[ Lucille Ball ]
Building a Bar-B-Q (1957)
[ Lucille Ball ]
Housewarming (1957)
I Love Lucy Christmas Show (1956)
[ Lucille Ball ]
I Love Lucy (1953)
[ Lucille Ball ]
The Blue Veil (1951)
[ Natalie Wood ][ Agnes Moorehead ][ Jane Wyman ][ Joan Blondell ]
The Secret Fury (1950)
[ Claudette Colbert ] 100 Hot DVDs

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Jack Lemmon
Randy Quaid
Tony Curtis
Burgess Meredith
Peter Cushing
Harry Morgan
Larry Hagman
Bill Bixby
Paul Michael Glaser
Blake Edwards
Desi Arnaz
Geoffrey Lewis
Charles Laughton
William Frawley
Keenan Wynn
Robert Ryan


Born in Kansas, Vivian Vance began appearing in community theater productions when her family relocated to Albuquerque, NM. Her friends and neighbors financed Vance's move to New York, where she planned to study with Eva LeGalliene. When these plans fell through, she made the auditions rounds, landing a job in the long-running Broadway production Music in the Air. She supplemented her income with nightclub performances, then received her big break when, with only a few hours' notice, she stepped into the female lead of the 1937 Ed Wynn musical Hooray for What? Subsequent Broadway credits included Anything Goes, Red, Hot and Blue, and Let's Face It, each one a hit. In 1951, Jose Ferrer cast Vance in the La Jolla Playhouse production of Voice of the Turtle. It was on the strength of her performance of this play that Vance was offered the role of Ethel Mertz on the Lucille Ball/Desi Arnaz TV sitcom I Love Lucy. She played Ethel from 1951 through 1960, winning an Emmy in the process — which hopefully compensated for the fact that, throughout the I Love Lucy run, she was contractually obligated to outweigh star Lucille Ball by 20 pounds. In 1962, Vance signed on for another lengthy co-starring stint with Ball on TV's The Lucy Show. Throughout her five decades in show business, Vance appeared in only three films: The Secret Fury (1950), The Blue Veil (1951), and The Great Race (1965). Married twice, Vivian Vance's first husband was actor Philip Ober.

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