By Ball, Lucille; Ball, Lucille; Ball, Lucille; Kanfer, Stefan
A portrait of the comedian icon discusses her lonely early life, discovery of her comedic skills, marriage to and divorce from Desi Arnaz, runaway luck at the "I Love Lucy" express, and her painful ultimate years.
summary: A portrait of the comedian icon discusses her lonely adolescence, discovery of her comedic abilities, marriage to and divorce from Desi Arnaz, runaway luck at the "I Love Lucy" convey, and her painful ultimate years
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And Warner would streak for his yard since his mother spanked him for the slightest infraction. ” At first no one noticed the boy; then Grandpa Hunt spotted Warner and ordered him to sit down and stay out of the way. From her back stoop, a safe distance away, Pauline Lopus watched the action unfold. Freddy took a number of shots at the tin can; then it was Johanna’s turn. 22 and held it to her shoulder, one eye closed. At that very instant came the strident voice of Mrs. ” The boy rose and bolted in the direction of his home, crossing in front of the rifle just as Johanna pulled the trigger.
In addition to the elder Hunts, there were Ed and Desirée Peterson (she was now called DeDe, a nickname Lucille and Freddy used in addressing her), plus Aunt Lola Mandicos, who had just separated from her husband, and Lola’s three-year-old daughter, Cleo. To stay afloat Grandpa Fred ran a lathe in a furniture factory, Ed labored in whatever local plant would have him, Desirée took a job selling hats at an upscale dress shop in Jamestown, and Lola ran her beauty parlor in the house. The children were given specific assignments: Cleo dusted, Freddy made beds, and Lucille led the other two in the dishwashing and table-setting chores.
Lucille liked to reminisce about the winter evening “a monologist named Julian Eltinge was appearing. A female impersonator, yet. ” Eltinge used to get into fistfights—most of them staged—to scotch any rumor of effeminacy, and though he used rouge, lipstick, and yards of female costumery, he kept his material resolutely clean and simple. Lucille watched as a solitary figure amused audiences with nothing more than a bare lightbulb, a table, a glass of water, and his extraordinary skills at mimicry.