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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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I Love Lucy Ethel Mertz
(1951-1957)
The Great Race Hester Goodbody
(1965)
The Lucy Show Vivian Bagley / Vivian Bunson
(1962-1968)
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
 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
 1945 Eadie Was a Lady
Lady On The Stairs (uncredited)
 1933 Take a Chance
Dancehall Girl (uncredited)
Show Show Soundtrack (6 credits)
Show Show Thanks (2 credits)
Show Show Self (32 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (22 credits)

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Other Works:

Stage Play: Music in the Air. Musical comedy. Music by Jerome Kern. Book by Oscar Hammerstein II. Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Music orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett. Musical Director: Victor Baravalle. Scenic Design by Joseph Urban. Costume Design by John Harkrider. Modern Clothes by Sgt. Howard Shoup. Directed by Oscar ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | See more »

Height:

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 »

Trivia:

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

Trademark:

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

Star Sign:

Leo

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