Sunday, May 13, 2012
15 Greatest TV Characters of the 1960s: Lucy Ricardo
Portrayed by: Lucille Ball
TV series: I Love Lucy (1951-57); The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show (1957-60)
Occupation: Homemaker; aspiring singer, dancer, and actress.
Lifestyle: Lived in an apartment at 623 East 68th Street in New York City with her husband Ricky. They temporarily relocated to Hollywood in 1954-55 while Ricky starred in a film about Don Juan; toured Europe in 1955-56. In December 1956, the Ricardo Family moved to Westport, Connecticut.
Family and Friends: Lucy and Ricky's son, nicknamed Little Ricky, was born in 1953. The Ricardos were best friends with their landlords, Fred and Ethel Mertz. In Connecticut, they also became friends with Betty and Ralph Ramsey.
Trademarks: Trying to weasel her way into one of Ricky's shows.
Classic Quote: (In an effort in get rid of 700 pounds of frozen beef, Lucy and Ethel sell it for 79 cents a pound. A customer asks how they can sell meat so cheap) "I'm glad you asked that. We rope, we brand, we butcher. We do everything but eat it for you."
Classic episodes: "Lucy Does a Commercial" (yes, it's the Vitameatavegamin episode!); "Lucy Is Enceinte" (Ricky learns that Lucy is pregnant); "Lucy Goes to Scotland" (in a dream sequence, Lucy is rescued from a dragon by Scotty McTavish McDougal McCardo--that'd be Ricky); "Lucy's Italian Movie" (the grape-stomping episode); "L.A., at Last" (Lucy meets William Holden).