“Lucy’s secret at home and on TV is she’s sweet, sexy, and unrestrained,” Desi Arnaz explained in an article about his wife’s success.
“He would sit with me and cry - he actually cried sometimes, thinking about how much he loved her and how terrible it was that they were divorced. And he loved her till his dying day…”
Marcella Rabwin, family friend
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Vivian Vance
(July 26 1909 - August 17 1979)
↳ “I’m going to learn to love that bitch,” Viv said of meeting one of her best friends and most frequent co-stars, Lucille Ball. She did learn to love Lucy, and vice versa. The two became like sisters, quarreling sometimes but loving each other all the while.
By the time the dance classes were finished, Lucille and I were inseperable chums. We were a lot alike, two tough dames. She wasn’t hysterically funny off camera, more of a wisecracker with a quick wit and a short fuse. Lucille wasn’t a star yet , but she made no bones about the fact that she planned to be one. She was very ambitious and calculating where her career was concerned.
She was preparing for that [screen] test when a momentous decision was made. It would enhance her professional life in more ways than she could count, though at the time she regarded the alternation as a nuisance. Sydney Guilaroff, Metro’s chief hair stylist, took a look at the newest addition to the stable and and proclaimed, “The hair is brown but the soul is on fire.” Accordingly, he had Lucy’s hair dyed “Tango Red,” a shade between carrot and strawberry.
Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille Ball
[the dying of Lucy’s hair her famous shade upon arriving at MGM in 1943]
Never a natural redhead, Lucille arrived in the world with blondish hair that gradually darkened to a brunette shade best described as chestnut. She was a beautiful child, with huge blue eyes and a cupid’s mouth. She never lost that “little girl” quality, which became one of her main appeals a comedian.