“The society which has abolished every kind of adventure makes its own abolition the only possible adventure.” Paris, May 1968

Friday, 22 June 2012

I Love Lucy

The birthday card that I chose for Her Indoors featured this stunning 1942 picture of Lucile Ball. The lady loved the card, as I knew that she would, but was surprised to learn that the star of TVs I Love Lucy had previously had a film career in the 30's and 40's.  Lucile Ball made any number of B movies and long before I Love Lucy was known as the "Queen Of The B's".  Perhaps less well known is the fact that she was suspected by the FBI of being a covert member of the Communist Party and appeared before the notorious House Committee On Unamerican Activities. If the hardnosed boss of Desilu really was a closet tankie she certainly maintained her cover. As her husband and co-star Desi Arnaz said at the time, "the only thing red about Lucy is her hair - and that's fake."

1 comment:

WDI said...

Watch The Dark Corner; it's superb. You'll see Ms Ball in a new light if you're only used to seeing her as a ditzy screwball.