8 items from 2013
A vintage photo of a young woman posing for a studio portrait caught our attention on Reddit Wednesday.
Looking the very picture of demure elegance, it's hard to believe this 19-year-old would go on to become comedy's favorite redhead, known for pratfalls, hilarious expressions and her signature cry: "Riiiiicky!" Yes, according to Reddit, it's Lucille Ball! (We're just as surprised as you are.) We can see why Desi Arnaz sang "Life is heaven you see, because I love Lucy and she loves me." Ball looks just as lovely as a young woman as she would years later, outfitted in the minks, ball gowns and full skirts of the '50s and '60s.
On the same day a Reddit user posted a photo of the lovely Vivian Vance believed to be from the '40s, looking more glamorous than we ever saw her as landlady and Lucy's hijinks companion Ethel Mertz:
What dames! »
- Anthonia Akitunde
He helped make TV Guide Magazine a hit right out of the box. And we, in turn, helped make his life utterly confusing! On April 3, 1953, a chubby-cheeked newborn named Desiderio Alberto Arnaz IV — eventually known as Desi Arnaz Jr. — graced the cover of our very first issue with a cover line touting him as "Lucy's $50,000,000 Baby." Lucy, of course, was Lucille Ball, the madcap, flame-tressed star of America's most adored sitcom at the time, I Love Lucy, while Dad was Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz — and both of them knew the value of publicity...
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- Michael Logan
By Carson Blackwelder
In the world of TV, love dictates all.
All viewers have their favorite couples from past and present: From Lucy (Lucille Ball) and Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz) to Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey), on-screen romances fill fan blogs and magazines.
But what about those secondary characters and their budding relationships that fly under the radar? Some of the best TV relationships have been those of sidekick characters or best friends, and it’s often their relationships that are more endearing than those of primary characters.
Here’s my list of the top 10 secondary TV couples and the adorable moments that make them so great:
10. Woody Boyd and Kelly Gaines (NBC’s Cheers)
Kicking off the list is the prime example of how opposites attract.
- Carson Blackwelder
Kenan Thompson admits to being a fan of Bieber when his enormous collage of pictures is revealed. He also busts out with, "You better Bielieb it! ... It's unBieliebably good!" He also says that for years now, he's been stalking the wrong dude, thinking it was Bieber.
When Bieber hosts and performs as the musical guest, he'll join the list of 29 people who have done so simultaneously on the show, from Desi Arnaz and Lily Tomlin to Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears. »
Los Angeles — Patty Andrews, the last surviving member of the singing Andrews Sisters trio whose hits such as the rollicking "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B" and the poignant "I Can Dream, Can't I?" captured the home-front spirit of World War II, died Wednesday. She was 94.
Andrews died of natural causes at her home in the Los Angeles suburb of Northridge, said family spokesman Alan Eichler in a statement.
Patty was the Andrews in the middle, the lead singer and chief clown, whose raucous jitterbugging delighted American servicemen abroad and audiences at home.
She could also deliver sentimental ballads like "I'll Be with You in Apple Blossom Time" with a sincerity that caused hardened GIs far from home to weep.
Patty Andrews, last surviving member of the Andrews sisters, has died. She was 94 and died today at her home in Northridge, CA. The phenomenally popular singing trio that entertained U.S. troops during World War II even announced the war’s end in 1945 to 5,000 G.I.’s while they were performing at a show in Italy. Laverne (top), Patty (center), and Maxene (bottom) also appeared in movies and on TV. A signature song “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy From Company B” was featured in the 1941 Abbott & Costello film Buck Privates. They appeared in more than a dozen features, including another Abbott & Costello film In the Navy, and the 1947 Bob Hope-Bing Crosby-Dorothy Lamour vehicle Road to Rio. With Crosby they also performed the hit “Don’t Fence Me In” and several other tunes. They also sang with the big bands of Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Jimmy Dorsey, Bob Crosby, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos see themselves as this generation's Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. In the February issue of Elle, Live! With Kelly and Michael host Ripa, 42, opens up about what first attracted her to the American Horror Story: Asylum actor, 41. "I was drawn to Mark because he was positively an alpha male, and I didn't think I would be drawn to that. But I just worship him. He makes me feel very safe," Ripa gushes of the actor, whom she met on the [...] »
- Zach Johnson
Hold the laugh track! Modern Family is already a TV classic - but members of its cast are looking to the past and paying homage to iconic shows in a new photo. In this exclusive shot, the ensemble from ABC's Emmy-winning hit comedy takes on the personas (in full hair and makeup) of beloved characters from 60-plus years of classic sitcoms. Who among these was your favorite? • The Honeymooners: In the early '50s, Jackie Gleason's Brooklyn bus driver Ralph Kramden and his sewer-worker neighbor and pal Ed Norton (Art Carney) were the fateful Everymen under the thumbs of their spouses. »
- Stephen M. Silverman
8 items from 2013
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