I Love Lucy assembly line
Today marks the birthday of one of America’s most iconic comedians: the inimitable Lucille Ball. Happy birthday, Lucy!
After I Love Lucy premiered in 1951, the show broke ground as the first TV series to use three cameras instead of one, nabbed four Primetime Emmy awards, became one of TV’s most enduring classics, and catapulted Ball to stardom and status as a beloved funny lady.
On the Ball’s 103rd birthday, look back on seven of her most memorable moments on I Love Lucy:
The Candy Factory
Lucy and her best friend Ethel (played by Vivian Vance) get a job wrapping candy on an assembly line—to disastrous and hilarious results. “I think we’re fighting a losing game!” Lucy cries, stuffing unwrapped chocolates in her mouth and hat to hide them from the boss.
The Vitamin Commercial
Lucy gets a job in a commercial for the drug Vitameatavegamin—but has a little trouble with the script. This scene has become a comedy classic and the episode, which aired in 1952, ranked at No. 2 on TV Guide‘s “Top 100 TV Episodes of All Time.”
Lucy Meets Harpo Marx
Lucy’s Harpo Marx impersonation is interrupted by the real pantomime walking through the door—and the two famously act out a hilarious mirror skit.
The Barbershop Quartet
Always seeking the spotlight, Lucy tries to sing along with a barbershop quartet. They try to silence her, but she gets the last word.
Lucy Is Enciente
In one of the show’s most touching moments, Lucy reveals to Ricky that she’s pregnant while he’s on stage at the Tropicana. In return, he serenades her with a rendition of “We’re Having a Baby.”
Lucy and Superman
Trying to throw Ricky Jr. the ultimate birthday party, Lucy tries to hire Superman to make an appearance. He can’t, so Lucy dresses up as the hero instead—but gets stuck outside the window on a ledge.
Lucy Takes a Dance Challenge
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