Tuesday, May 08, 2007
The other day, I watched a documentary about Lucille Ball, and while I thought I knew a lot about her, I never realized how tormented her life was and the struggles she went through behind the scenes. This makes her comic genius all the more amazing and appreciated. On the documentary, it was pointed out that Lucy's face at the time of "I Love Lucy" was the most recognized in the world. But of course, I don't only remember her face, although it was a great face. I remember the episode where she and Ethel worked in the chocolate factory and were snarfling down chocolates just to stay on schedule; and who can forget the "Vita Mita Vegamin" episode, or the time Lucy pretended to be a ballet dancer to get into Ricky's show; or when she got a trophy stuck on her head; or when she snuck a cheese on board a plane to Europe by pretending it was a baby. Lucy's comic timing was genius, which is probably why anytime it's on, which is practically all the time, we have to stop what we are doing and run to the set right away, as if we have never seen it before, or as if we don't know how it ends. The end of Lucy's life wasn't good, we know this. But she still kept us and keeps us laughing decades after her death. Sometimes, I miss Lucy, and I have to say there is nothing else nor probably ever will be on television that entertains on this level. To this end, Lucy, in her legacy, certainly has no "splainin" to do.