Like all fans of Old Hollywood, I have my own personal favorites from the Golden Era. You can pretty much tell my absolute favorites simply by looking around Hollywood Yesterday. See an abundance of Lucille Ball, Audrey Hepburn, Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Barbara Stanwyck, Abbott and Costello, Westerns, and Musicals? There’s a reason for that.
I never learned how NOT to play favorites.
Some favorites come and go (depending upon the last seen movie, the mood, the weather..) but Lucille Ball has been an absolute favorite for as long as I remember. Just looking at pictures of this remarkable actress makes me smile.
There’s simply a special place in my heart for Lucille Ball. Maybe it’s because I grew up watching her so often that she feels like family. Maybe it’s because my favorite thing to do in the world is laugh and her favorite thing to do in the world seems to have been to MAKE people laugh.
Maybe it’s because, while beautiful, she didn’t have to rely on that alone. Maybe it’s because she dared to go where few women had gone before and risked everything in the process.
More than likely it’s a combination of each of these things.
Whatever the reasons, I love Lucy as much as anyone loved or loves Lucy. Books, mugs, calendars, dolls, mementos… I love to surround myself with anything and everything dedicated to this wonderful actress and comedienne. The dolls in this post?
Let’s just say I’m ready, willing, and able to give them a forever home right now. In fact, I’ll just go ahead and clear a few shelves right now.
Click through the links or the images to read more about these beauties.
The Lucy doll pictured at the top of the post was inspired by the I Love Lucy episode, “Lucy Tells the Truth.”
The adorable Lucy Gets in Pictures Doll (on the left, in the pink dress) celebrates the episode of the same name (“Lucy Gets In Pictures”) which originally aired on February 21, 1955. Get a load of them lips, man!
There is also a hilarious I Love Lucy Ballet Doll which is, as you’d imagine, “posed” for trouble. Let’s face it, how we love Lucy best!
This was definitely one of the funniest I Love Lucy episodes. Any episode that allows the beautiful redheaded clown to reign supreme is a can’t-miss.
Finally, we have the Lucy Vitameatavegamin Doll, paying tribute to one of the most memorable episodes ever.
I re-watched (for possibly the eleven-billionth time) the Vitameatavegamin episode recently and she left me speechless. Her comedic timing was completely and utterly flawless. She had a one-in-a-million knack for allowing the writing to shine through. She never over-sold anything or tried to outshine anyone… she simply did that by showing up!
She really was one of a kind.
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