Friars Club to roast Matt Lauer

Friars Club to roast Matt Lauer

NEW YORK, March 18 (UPI) -- The New York Friars Club has announced plans to roast -- or mercilessly mock -- Matt Lauer, star of the "Today" show, at an upcoming ceremony.

Johnny Carson named No. 1 TV icon

NEW YORK, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- The late U.S. comedian and talk-show host Johnny Carson has been named TV Land and Entertainment Weekly's No. 1 television icon.

Writer-director-producer Shavelson dies

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Melville Shavelson, an entertainment industry triple-threat as a writer, director and producer, died of natural causes in his California home at age 90.

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Donna Conkling, a King Sister, dies at 88

PLANO, Texas, June 22 (UPI) -- Donna King Conkling, one of the singing King Sisters who started performing in the 1930s and had a TV program in the '60s, died in Plano, Texas, at age 88.

Fifth annual TV Land awards in Calif.

SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 15 (UPI) -- Honorees for the fifth annual TV Land Awards in Santa Monica, Calif., included the late Lucille Ball, "The Brady Bunch," "Roots" and more.

'I Love Lucy' co-creator dies

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Bob Carroll Jr., who co-created the classic sitcom "I Love Lucy" and worked on all 180 of its episodes, died in his home in Los Angeles. He was 87.

Hillary Duff doll ads glamour to toy boxes

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- The star of the U.S. television series "Lizzie McGuire," will have a Barbie doll fashioned after her called the "Red Carpet Glam Hilary Duff Doll." Hilary Duff, 19, is going the same route that Reese Witherspoon, Beyonce Knowles and the late Lucille Ball

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Today is Sunday, Aug. 6, the 218th day of 2006 with 147 to follow.
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Arnaz business manager leaps to his death

NEW YORK, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Actress Lucie Arnaz's longtime business manager jumped to his death from her 40th floor New York apartment.

Actor Keith Andes dead at 85

SANTA CLARITA, Calif., Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Marilyn Monroe's leading man in the 1952 film "Clash by Night" -- Keith Andes -- has died in Santa Clarita, Calif., at age 85.

Comedy writer Fred Fox dead at 90

ENCINO, Calif., Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Veteran comedy writer Fred S. Fox, who worked with Bob Hope, George Burns and Lucille Ball among others, has died in Encino, Calif., at age 90.

Variety names Beatles century's icons

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Readers of Variety have named the Beatles as icons of the century.

U.S. residents still love Lucy

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- The company that measures the popularity of celebrities for ads says Lucille Ball is the most popular dead celeb in the United States.

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Lucille Ball
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)

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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