Celebrity Q&ABy Ken Beck on November 3, 2012
Did Vivian Vance appear in other TV shows or movies without Lucille Ball?
—Carol Hill, Defiance, Ohio
The Emmy-winner, beloved as Ball’s sidekicks Ethel Mertz on “I Love Lucy” in the 1950s and Vivian Bagley on “The Lucy Show” in the 1960s, was born in Cherryvale, Kan., and grew up in Independence. After working steadily on Broadway in the 1930s and ’40s, she went to Hollywood and made the movies “The Secret Fury” (1950) and “The Blue Veil” (1951) before becoming Lucy’s pal. She was a guest on the TV series “The Deputy,” “Rhoda and Love,” “American Style” and in the TV moves “The Front Page,” “Getting Away From It All” and “The Great Houdini” and the 1965 film “The Great Race.” Vance died of cancer in 1979 at age 70.
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