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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
(1962-1968)
The Great Race
The Great Race Hester Goodbody
(1965)
The Great Houdini
The Great Houdini Minnie (Nurse)
(1976)
I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy Ethel Mertz / Herself
(1953)

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 1978 Sam (TV Series)
- Episode #1.6 (1978)
 1977 Lucy Calls the President (TV Movie)
Viv
 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)
Babs
- 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
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Personal Details

Other Works:

She acted in Elliott Baker's play, "Clark and Myrna," at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine with George S. Irving in the cast. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | See more »

Height:

5' 6" (1.68 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

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 »

Trivia:

A founding member of the Albuquerque Little Theater, where she played a vamp in "This Thing Called Love" and a nun in "The Cradle Song," the local theater community helped pay her way to New York. The theater in later years was eventually nicknamed The Vivian Vance Playhouse. See more »

Trademark:

Husky voice See more »

Star Sign:

Leo

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