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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 »

Known For

The Lucy Show
The Lucy Show Vivian Bagley / Vivian Bunson
The Great Race
The Great Race Hester Goodbody
The Great Houdini
The Great Houdini Minnie (nurse)
I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy Ethel Mertz / Herself


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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 Short)
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")
 1967 Off to See the Wizard (TV Series)
Sarah's Mother
- Rhino (1967) ... Sarah's Mother
 1960 Guestward Ho! (TV Series)
- The Hootens Buy a Ranch (1960) ... Babs
 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:

She acted in John Patrick's play, "Everybody's Girl," at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts with Roy R. Scheider in the cast. See more »

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2 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | See more »


5' 6" (1.68 m)

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Personal Quote:

"Champagne, for everyone!" While dining at a restaurant, upon hearing of former co-star William Frawley's death on Thursday, March 3rd, 1966. See more »


Best remembered as Lucy's best friend and land lady, Ethel in I Love Lucy (1951). See more »


Often starred in Lucille Ball's television shows See more »

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