Jun 18 blastoff 8 Responses Permalink Lucy Trivia Do you think you know everything about Lucy? Find out here! Lucy Trivia What was the name of the radio program that was the precursor to ‘I Love Lucy’? …My Bandleader Husband …My Crazy Cuban Husband …My Handsome Husband …My Favorite Husband Show answer “My Favorite Husband” was a CBS radio program that aired between July 23, 1948, and March 31,1951. It was based on the 1940 book Mr. and Mrs. Cugat by Isabel Scott Rorick. The show featured wealthy married couple Liz and George Cugat (the radio show name was changed to Cooper to avoid confusion with the bandleader Xavier Cugat) who lived at 321 Bundy Drive in Sheridan Falls (state unknown). George (Richard Denning) was a banker, and the couple’s best friends were George’s boss, Rudolph Atterbury, and his wife, Iris. Liz was a zany wife who caused great trouble for George but whom everyone loved and forgave. Liz and George were known as “two people who live together and like it!” Which guest star made the most appearances on ‘I Love Lucy’? Tennessee Ernie Ford Hedda Hopper Van Johnson William Holden Show answer Tennessee Ernie Ford was a radio and singing star when he appeared on the “I Love Lucy” show. He first appeared as “cousin Ernie” in the latter part of season three in the show\’s first back-to-back episodes. Why did the “I Love Lucy” writers take the gang to Hollywood? They needed the shade of a palm tree They needed fresh story ideas There was a writers' strike in New York They wanted to see some movie stars Show answer In the fourth season of the show, the writers needed a fresh canvas to work with. Feeling they had exhausted the domestic storylines, they wanted to take the couples out of NYC and send them on an extended trip. It was decided to take them to Hollywood, which allowed them to get out of town, while at the same time permitted many of Lucy\’s and Desi\’s friends to guest star on the number-one-rated show. They decided that Ricky would get a part in a film and would go to the land of the movie stars. The Mertzes would travel with the Ricardos and be there to partake in Lucy\’s schemes and shenanigans while Ricky was busy working at the studio. Which of the “I Love Lucy” gang have been honored with stars along the Hollywood Walk of Fame? Only Lucy Lucy and Desi All four actors None of the actors Show answer The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a tribute to prominent and legendary entertainers. The “walk” is along more than a dozen blocks of sidewalk along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. Large brass stars with the names of the famous of the entertainment industry line the almost two miles of the walk. All four of the “I Love Lucy” actors received stars. Lucy has two, at 6436 Hollywood Boulevard (for movies) and 6100 Hollywood Boulevard (for television). Desi also has two, at 6323 1/2 Hollywood Boulevard (for movies) and 6254 Hollywood Boulevard (for television). Vivian Vance has one for television at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard. William Frawley has one for movies at 6322 Hollywood Boulevard but was never honored for his years on TV. Why did Desi Arnaz immigrate to the United States? To pursue his singing career To get married To meet actress Lucille Ball To escape political persecution Show answer Desi’s privileged life was permanently altered in 1933 when the Machado government was overthrown in a revolution. The Arnaz family homes, cars, boats, farms, and animals were destroyed and burned. Desi and his mother escaped with their lives, and his father was thrown in jail. After a few months, the senior Arnaz was released, and he and Desi made their way to the United States. They had lost everything and began their new lives without money, a home, or connections. Desi’s father made sure his son graduated from high school, while Desi also took any job that would put food on the table. He finally discovered his talent for music and entertaining and was soon fulfilling his own American dream. Upset over not appearing in Ricky’s LIFE magazine article, what does Lucy do? Take the baby and move home to mother Make Ricky put her in his new show Cry on Ethel's shoulder Sell Ricky's conga drum Lucy and Ethel wrote a musical called: The Pleasent Peasant The Nutty Neighbor The Clever Client The Mistaken Musician Show answer Having secretly borrowed money from her club treasury to balance her own books, Lucy is in trouble. The club wants to put on a show, but there is no money to pay for it. Lucy plans to save the royalty payment by writing the operetta herself and hopes that the ticket sales will pay for the costume, set, and prop rentals. The play stars Ethel as Lily of the Vally, Fred as the innkeeper, Ricky as the suave soldier, and Lucy as the snaggle-toothed gypsy, Camille. The show is sold out and everything is going well until the repo men appeared and started dragging the set of the stage. It seems Lucy\’s post-dated check bounced. How many languages has “I Love Lucy” been dubbed? 4 11 22 30 What did Desi Arnaz do during World War II? Sold war bonds Served in the army Made patriotic films All of the above Show answer Desi Arnaz became a naturalized American citizen in 1943. He loved the United States and all the opportunities it had given him, and although he was made a lieutenant in the Cuban army in 1942, he decided that he would rather fight for the United States. In 1943, he joined the U.S. Army, eventually becoming a sergeant. He made some pro-U.S. movies such as “The Navy Comes Through: and “Bataan”, for which he won a Photoplay Award. He also toured the country for Army and Navy Relief and spent time with other stars on the Hollywood Victory Caravan. What does Lucy do on stage with movie star Van Johnson? A ventriloquist act Sing in a choir Walk a tightrope Sing and Dance Show answer Lucy\’s hometown frenemy, Carolyn, is visiting California. Lucy is upset because she has been lying about her close relationships with famous stars. She has to come up with a scheme to make Carolyn think she has been hobnobbing with the rich and famous. Meeting Van Johnson down by the hotel pool, Lucy begs him to allow her to do one number with him, and Lucy thinks she\’s off the hook. That evening, Van calls her suite to say his partner is ill and he would like Lucy to fill in for her. A nervous Lucy does the song and dance, leaving Carolyn with a great story to tell the girls back home. What was the real-life relationship between Vivian Vance and William Frawley? They were best friends They were married They did not get along They were divorced Show answer Vivian Vance and William Frawley will forever be one of TV’s most beloved couples, but they didn’t get along that well in real life. The age factor was one thing; Bill was a full 22 years older than Vivian, and she resented the fact that viewers felt she was so much older than she really was. More important, though, their personalities did not match. Vivian liked parties, she liked people, and she liked to do things and go places. Bill liked the fights and ball games, and he preferred to live alone. Neither of them looked forward to scenes in which Ethel and Fred had to kiss, but despite all their objections, they did manage to get along professionally for years. While in London, Lucy is determined to perform for what famous person? Queen Elizabeth II Prime Minister Winston Churchill Sir Laurence Olivier Dame Julie Andrews Show answer Arriving in London, Lucy is dying to meet the Queen. She goes to Buckingham Palace and tried to jolly the palace guard but has no luck. When she hears that Ricky will be performing for the Queen and Prince Philip, she begs him to allow her to be in the act so she can be presented to Her Majesty. Knowing how much this means to his wife, Ricky tells her she can be in the dancing circus-horse number. Overjoyed, Lucy practices her curtsey over and over for the royal presentation. When she preforms the number for the queen, her excessive curtsey practice causes her to get a charley horse in her leg, turning her prancing dance into a comically funny number. Where was Lucille Ball born? Anaconda, Montana Hollywood, California Jamestown, New York Wyandotte, Michigan Show answer Lucille Desiree Ball was born on August 6, 1911, in Jamestown, New York. Her parents were Desiree Eveline (Hunt) Ball and Henry Durrell Ball. She was born at her grandparents’ home on Stewart Avenue with the help of her grandmother Flora Belle Hunt. At the age of one month, Lucy and her mother (known as DeDe) left on the train to go to Montana where her father worked as a telephone linesman for the Michigan Bell Company. Lucy and her family moved to Wyandotte, Michigan, when she was a toddler, and it was there that her young father caught typhoid fever and quickly passed away. Lucy and her pregnant mother returned to Jamestown where they moved in with DeDe’s parents. Desi Arnaz was born in what country? The United States Cuba Spain Puerto Rico Show answer Desi Arnaz was born on March 2, 1917 in Santiago de Cuba. The only child of a wealthy Cuban couple, Desi came from a long line of educated and powerful people. His mother’s side of the family was involved in the Bacardi Rum Company, and his father’s side had careers as physicians and politicians. Desi’s father served as Santiago\\\\\\\’s mayor and as a congressman. Desi and his father moved to the United States in the mid 1930s. Although he loved his native land, Desi became a U.S. citizen in 1942 and proudly served his new country during World War II. What were the original names the writers gave Lucy and Ricky Ricardo? Bobbie and Bob Babalu Penny and Pablo Perez Lucy and Larry Lopez Cindy and Carlos Chavez Show answer When “I Love Lucy” writers wrote the pilot episode, the names of the characters were Lucy and Larry Lopez. At the time, there was a popular bandleader named Victor Lopez, so they decided to change the surname to avoid confusion. What was Lucy Ricardo doing at film star Richard Widmark’s home? She was invited for lunch She was selling cosmetics door to door She climbed his wall and snuck in She found his lost dog Show answer Ricky has lunch plans with film star Richard Widmark, and Lucy begs to be allowed to tag along. Ricky puts his foot down and tells her no, so she and Ethel decide to go on a bus tour of movie star homes. One of the homes they drive by is Richard Widmark’s, so the duo gets off the bus so Lucy can grab a grapefruit off the star’s tree. She climbs the wall and gets stuck on the other side, so she has to sneak through the house to escape. Once inside, she gets sidetracked by housekeepers, mounted heads, and St. Bernard. She ends up hiding under a bearskin rug. What was Lucille Ball\’s job before she moved to Hollywood for an acting role? Model Shampoo girl at a hair salon Hat-check girl at a restaurant Assembly-line worker at a candy factory Show answer Lucille Ball had been a model at Hattie Carnegie’s salon in NYC. She also posed for pictures that were later used in advertising. One such oil portrait, featuring Lucy in a blue chiffon dress and hat, was used in an ad, making Lucy a “poster girl.” One day while walking near the Palace Theatre, Lucy ran into talent agent Sylvia Halo who told her that Eddie Cantor was looking for poster girls for his new movie “Roman Scandals”. Thinking the job was only for six weeks, Lucy looked upon it as a chance to see the country while earning a good salary, so she hopped on a train to California whit the other Goldwyn Girls to make her way in Hollywood. Which ‘I Love Lucy’ star did not graduate from high school? Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Vivian Vance William Frawley Show answer Family circumstances prevented Lucille Ball from graduating from high school. She attended Celoron High School at least through ninth grade and even organized a school dramatics club. When Lucy was 15, her mother sent her to an acting school in NYC, where one of her classmates was Bette Davis. But Lucy was not a success at school and was sent home after just a few months. She returned to high school, but soon a family tragedy occurred that forever changed her life. Her grandfather was convicted of negligence in a shooting incident, and the family was scattered. Lucy went back to NYC to look for work and find her way in a world that had taken so much from her. Tweet Permalink blastoff Recent PostsMartin Short to perform in Jamestown during the Lucy Town Half Marathon and 5k WeekendBill Engvall, Kathleen Madigan, and “Comics to Watch” showcase headline Lucille Ball Comedy FestivalOlympians visit Lucy Desi Center for Comedy!