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Melissa McCarthy inspired Kathy Bates to join the cast of 'Tammy'

Melissa McCarthy inspired Kathy Bates to join the cast of 'Tammy'

LOS ANGELES, July 2 (UPI) --Kathy Bates says Melissa McCarthy's "clever, wonderful and physical" comedic talent is "the main reason" she joined the cast of "Tammy."
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'Clueless' stars reunite for L.A. screening

'Clueless' stars reunite for L.A. screening

LOS ANGELES, May 8 (UPI) --'Clueless' reunion at the Los Angeles Film Festival included Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Elisa Donovan and director Amy Heckerling.
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Character actor Al Ruscio dead at 89

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Character actor and teacher Al Ruscio, who appeared in "Bonanza" and "The Godfather: Part III," died at his home in California, Variety reported. He was 89.

'I Love Lucy' actress Shirley Mitchell dead at 94

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Actress Shirley Mitchell has died of heart failure in her Westwood, Calif., condo, TMZ reported Wednesday. She was 94.
'I Love Lucy' Christmas special to air on CBS

'I Love Lucy' Christmas special to air on CBS

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- CBS says it plans to air the "I Love Lucy Christmas Special," featuring two newly colorized classic episodes of the U.S. sitcom.
NBC to air 'Funniest of the Funniest' special

NBC to air 'Funniest of the Funniest' special

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. network NBC says it plans to air a special featuring laugh-out-loud scenes from the greatest television shows of all time next month.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013.
By United Press International

Alleged killer's art sells on eBay

MESA, Ariz., Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Drawings by Jodi Arias, who is on trial in Arizona for allegedly stabbing her boyfriend to death, are fetching hundreds of dollars on eBay, the website said.
'I Love Lucy' tops Best in TV list

'I Love Lucy' tops Best in TV list

NEW YORK, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- "I Love Lucy," the classic sitcom starring real-life married couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, has been voted the best U.S. television show ever.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, Aug. 6, 2012.
By United Press International
'Lucy' actress Doris Singleton dead at 92

'Lucy' actress Doris Singleton dead at 92

LOS ANGELES, June 28 (UPI) -- "I Love Lucy" supporting actress Doris Singleton has died in Los Angeles, Variety reported. She was 92.
915 Lucille Ball look-alikes set record

915 Lucille Ball look-alikes set record

JAMESTOWN, N.Y., Aug. 8 (UPI) -- A total of 915 Lucille Ball look-alikes converged on Jamestown, N.Y., to celebrate the late comedian's 100th birthday and set a world record, officials say.

Lucy Ball would have turned 100 Saturday

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Saturday would have been the 100th birthday of Lucille Ball, the venerable entertainer People magazine called the queen of television.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008.
By United Press International
Publicist Warren Cowan dead at 87

Publicist Warren Cowan dead at 87

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., May 15 (UPI) -- Warren Cowan, co-founder of the famed Hollywood public relations firm Rogers & Cowan, has died in Los Angeles. He was 87.
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President Ronald Reagan greets Lucille Ball during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington on December 7, 1986, saluting the Kennedy Center Honorees. (UPI Photo/Vince Mannino/Files)
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Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an American comedienne, film, television, stage and radio actress, model, film and television executive, and star of the sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy and Life With Lucy. One of the most popular and influential stars in America during her lifetime, with one of Hollywood's longest careers, especially on television, Ball began acting in the 1930s, becoming both a radio actress and B-movie star in the 1940s, and then a television star during the 1950s. She was still making films in the 1960s and 1970s.

Ball received thirteen Emmy Award nominations and four wins. In 1977 Ball was among the first recipients of the Women in Film Crystal Award. She was the recipient of the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1979, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center Honors in 1986 and the Governors Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 1989.

In 1929, Ball landed work as a model and later began her performing career on Broadway using the stage name Dianne Belmont. She appeared in many small movie roles in the 1930s as a contract player for RKO Radio Pictures. Ball was labeled as the "Queen of the Bs" (referring to her many roles in B-films). In 1951, Ball was pivotal in the creation of the television series I Love Lucy. The show co-starred her then-husband, Desi Arnaz as Ricky Ricardo and Vivian Vance and William Frawley as Ethel and Fred Mertz, the Ricardos' landlords and friends. The show ended in 1957 after 180 episodes. Then, some minor adjustments were made to the program's format - the time of the show was lengthened from 30 minutes to 60 minutes (the first show lasted 75 mins), some new characters were added, the storyline was altered, and the show was renamed from "I Love Lucy" to "The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour", which ran for three seasons (1957–1960) and 13 episodes. Ball went on to star in two more successful television series: The Lucy Show, which ran on CBS from 1962 to 1968 (156 Episodes), and Here's Lucy from 1968 to 1974 (144 episodes). Her last attempt at a television series was a 1986 show called Life with Lucy - which failed after 8 episodes aired, although 13 were produced.

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