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Vivian Vance (1909–1979)

She was born Vivian Roberta Jones, with a brother and four sisters. After the family moved from Cherryvale to Independence, Kansas, she studied drama under Anna Ingleman and William Inge. Their next move, to Albuquerque, New Mexico brought her to the Albuquerque Little Theatre, which provided her the money she needed to study under Eva Le Gallienne... See full bio »

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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 1978 Sam (TV Series)
- Episode #1.6 (1978)
 1977 Lucy Calls the President (TV Movie)
 1976 The Great Houdini (TV Movie)
Minnie (nurse)
 1975 Rhoda (TV Series)
Maggie Cummings
- Friends and Mothers (1975) ... Maggie Cummings
 1972 The Lorax (TV Movie)
Singer (voice, uncredited)
 1972 Getting Away from It All (TV Movie)
May Brodey
 1970 The Front Page (TV Movie)
Mrs. Grant
 1969 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Madame Zimia Zygmundt (segment "Love and the Medium")
- Love and the Medium/Love and the Bed/Love and the High School Flop-Out (1969) ... Madame Zimia Zygmundt (segment "Love and the Medium")
 1960 Guestward Ho! (TV Series)
 1959 The Deputy (TV Series)
Emma Gant
- Land Greed (1959) ... Emma Gant
 1955 Shower of Stars (TV Series)
Mrs. Mullins
- High Pitch (1955) ... Mrs. Mullins
 1954 Texaco Star Theatre (TV Series)
Ethel Mertz
- Episode #6.23 (1954) ... Ethel Mertz
 1953 I Love Lucy
Ethel Mertz / Herself
 1951 The Blue Veil
 1950 The Secret Fury
 1933 Take a Chance
Dancehall Girl (uncredited)
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Other Works:

TV PSA ad for US government using digitally edited and dubbed footage from I Love Lucy (1951) alongside an equally digitized and dubbed William Frawley. See more »

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2 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | See more »


5' 6" (1.68 m)

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Advice to actress, Kaye Ballard on doing a series: Kaye, you must use your own first name because I go through life just being called Ethel Mertz. No one even knows who Vivian Vance was. See more »


First person to win an Emmy Award for 'Best Supporting Actress' See more »


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Vance and Frawley msstargazer55
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Her and Lucy luv_a_lot_2010
Vivian Vance : Greatest 'second banana' Winston-51
How big was she really, compared to Lucy? Dolly_Babe
I am tired of Lucille Ball tv movies nothing new comes out of them. le-fantome
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