Lunch Break Videos: All About Vivian Vance!
Lucille Ball starred in three sitcoms over a 23 year period. For 12 of those years, Vivian Vance was at her side – first as Ethel Mertz on I Love Lucy from 1951-60 then as Vivian Bagley on The Lucy Show from 1962-65.
She left The Lucy Show in the middle of its six-year run but returned at least once a year for a guest spot – a tradition she continued on Miss Ball’s next series Here’s Lucy.
I think it’s safe to say that Miss Vance, the best sidekick in the history of television comedy, brought the best out in Lucy who was just not quite as good without her.
Today would have been her 104th birthday so to celebrate, here are some classic clips: