Tuesday, 1 May 2012

I Love Lucy, An American Treasure

What would our lives been like without I Love Lucy?

From 1951 to 1956, Americans weekly checked in to see what trouble the daff redhead would get into or cause.
I mean, can you really imagine not seeing Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley?
Set in New York City brownstone, I Love Lucy centers on the lives of Lucy Ricardo, her singer/bandleader husband and their friends as well as landlords Fred and Ethel Mertz.
Lucy is as naive as she is daffy. An ambitious woman with an overactive imagination and a knack for getting herself into trouble as those around her. We know she her fiery red hair because of the often mention henna rinse. Lucy  a scatter-brained homemaker a knack to turn an ordinary household chore into a complete and unprecedented disaster.
In short, she sounds like me. 
And while she and her bandleader husband are happily married, Lucy dreams of being a star. her wild behaviour and crazy antics, she honestly yearns for stardom. It is the driving force behind her wild behaviour and zany attics. Lucy longs to join her husband in show business,  yet Ricky wants her to remain home and be happy as his wife and one day to their children. Her bestfriends, Fred and Ethel are former  vaudevillians and this only feeds her desire to get on the stage. Often it is pointed out that Lucy has few performance skills that commends her as a star. She really can't sing or dance and only able to play "Glow Worm" or "Sweet Sue or play anything other than off-key renditions of songs such as "Glow Worm" or "Sweet Sue" on the sax. Though with a little work, Lucy could have given Ricky a run for his money.
And that's the wonderful thing about I Love Lucy. Yes, it was the laughs, but Lucy Ricardo never said die. She was brave enough to run after her dreams.
And brave enough to get up after she fell flat on her face and start running again.
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