Still Loving Lucy: Lucille Ball Turns 100.

Tina Fey.

Kristen Wiig

Gilda Radner.

If you were to draw a straight line linking these great comediennes and then travel back along it far enough, you’d inevitably end up at Lucille Ball.

The red-haired firebrand with the impeccable timing would be 100 years old today. And it’s been 60 years since “I Love Lucy” first made its bow — though it will live on forever in reruns.

Travel the world, and you’d probably be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t have some memory of Ball tramping gamely through a vat of grapes or who doesn’t smile involuntarily when you exclaim “Lucy … you got some ‘splaining to do!” in an exaggerated Ricky Ricardo voice.

Associated Press television writer Lynn Elber considers Ball’s life and work in a piece published today.

Here’s the take-away:

“But “I Love Lucy,” in all its black-and-white glory, remains a draw worldwide for viewers who certainly weren’t around for its debut. Over the past five decades the sitcom has won new audiences — and introduced Lucy to younger generations — over and over through TV syndication and video sales.”

Though she was best known as a screwball, Elber’s piece also looks at Ball’s pre-“Lucy” career as a model and as her ascension as a power in early television on the order that Oprah Winfrey is today.

Read the full story here.

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One Response to Still Loving Lucy: Lucille Ball Turns 100.

  1. You my good friend are a genius

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