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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)

Filmography

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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
 1968-1972 Here's Lucy (TV Series)
Vivian Jones
- With Viv as a Friend, Who Needs an Enemy? (1972) ... Vivian Jones
- Lucy Goes Hawaiian: Part Two (1971) ... Vivian Jones
- Lucy Goes Hawaiian: Part One (1971) ... Vivian Jones
- Lucy and Viv Visit TiJuana (1970) ... Vivian Jones
- Lucy and Lawrence Welk (1970) ... Vivian Jones
 1972 The Lorax (TV Short)
Singer (voice, uncredited)
 1972 Getting Away from It All (TV Movie)
May Brodey
 1970 The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series)
Heself - Co-Host
- Episode #9.173 (1970) ... Heself - Co-Host
 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")
 1962-1968 The Lucy Show (TV Series)
Vivian Bagley / Vivian Bunson
- Lucy and the Lost Star (1968) ... Vivian Bunson
- Lucy and Viv Reminisce (1968) ... Vivian Bunson
- Viv Visits Lucy (1967) ... Vivian Bunson
- Lucy the Disc Jockey (1965) ... Vivian Bagley
- Lucy the Stockholder (1965) ... Vivian Bagley
 1967 Off to See the Wizard (TV Series)
Sarah's Mother
- Rhino (1967) ... Sarah's Mother
 1965 The Great Race
Hester Goodbody
 1960-1964 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Clara Appleby
- One Man's Mate Is Another Man's Poison (1964) ... Clara Appleby
- The Iceman Goeth (1962) ... Clara Appleby
- Appleby's Sleepwalk (1961) ... Clara Appleby
- Appleby's Predictions (1960) ... Clara Appleby
- Appleby's Fallout Shelter (1960) ... Clara Appleby
 1960 Guestward Ho! (TV Series)
Babs
- The Hootens Buy a Ranch (1960) ... Babs
 1957-1960 The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (TV Series)
Ethel Mertz
- Lucy Meets the Mustache (1960) ... Ethel Mertz
- The Ricardos Go to Japan (1959) ... Ethel Mertz
- Milton Berle Hides at the Ricardos (1959) ... Ethel Mertz
- Lucy's Summer Vacation (1959) ... Ethel Mertz
- Lucy Wants a Career (1959) ... Ethel Mertz
 1959 The Deputy (TV Series)
Emma Gant
- Land Greed (1959) ... Emma Gant
 1951-1957 I Love Lucy (TV Series)
Ethel Mertz
- The Ricardos Dedicate a Statue (1957) ... Ethel Mertz
- Lucy Raises Tulips (1957) ... Ethel Mertz
- Country Club Dance (1957) ... Ethel Mertz
- Building a Bar-B-Q (1957) ... Ethel Mertz
- Housewarming (1957) ... Ethel Mertz
 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
Alicia
 1950 The Secret Fury
Leah
 1933 Take a Chance
Dancehall Girl (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage Play: Let's Face It! Musical comedy. Book by Herbert Fields and Dorothy Fields. Music by Cole Porter. Lyrics by Cole Porter. Musical Director: Max Meth. Additional numbers by Sylvia Fine and Max Liebman. Music orchestrated by Hans Spialek, Donald J. Walker and Ted Royal. Vocal arrangements by Lyn Murray, Carley Mills and Edna Fox. ... 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:

She left The Lucy Show (1962) as a regular in 1965, because the weekly commutes between Connecticut and Los Angeles put a strain on her marriage to publishing executive John Dodds. She asked the show for a $500,000 advance, more creative and directorial control,and a raise in weekly pay. These demands were in part to convince Lucille Ball not to try and talk her out of retirement. She would go on... See more »

Trademark:

Husky voice See more »

Star Sign:

Leo

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