Meet the Mertzes: The Life Stories of I Love Lucy's Other Couple by Rob Edelman
Meet the Mertzes is an expansive dual biography chronicling the lives of two of America's most popular situation-comedy actors, William Frawley and Vivian Va. Lively, entertaining reviews of, and essays on, old and newer films and MEET THE MERTZES: The Life Stories of I Love Lucy's Other Couple. There is a look at Frawley's long, long career in films, his important role on the. Editorial Reviews. Review. “She's one of the finest gals to come out of Kansas, but I often wish Edelman wrote Baseball on the Web and Great Baseball Films. He is also a contributing editor to Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide annual.
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This should have been caught, if not by the author, then by a proofreader or editor, or even a friend reading for the purposes of providing feedback. For the information that I didn't already know from other sources, and for the sheer readability, Meet the Mertzes was definitely worth the time. I loved Lucy, but I loved the chemistry among the four main characters on the show, so this was an entertaining, informative read for me.
Born inhe worked all his life, almost to the time he passed away inmaking him older than I thought 79 all the years he was on television.A Shark Expert Reviews Shark Movies
He was married once, drank to excess, but somehow managed to keep working as a character actor. He spoke his mind to everybody, which may have cost him some wanted jobs, but in his latter years gained fame and celebrity status, outshining many of his fellow movie cohorts. Vivian Vance was another story She didn't think people would believe that he was her husband, and he didn't like her for what she thought about him.
However, both were professionals, and put their differences aside for the sake of the show and their jobsbecoming famous as the Mertzes.
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Vivian was on Broadway during some of the same time Mr. Frawley was, and could deliver lines and sing well, and was always working.
Meet the Mertzes: The Life Stories of I Love Lucy's Other Couple
Her fears and doubts and marriages drove her to the brink of sanity though She suffered with a mental breakdown due to the fact that her life wasn't all roses and her first marriages weren't ideal; she came from a stable home, and this must have worked on her. However, she did pull it all together and went public with the fact that she had indeed suffered with mental issues, and went to the aid of others suffering with the same maladies.
I've given this book 5 stars because it was interesting reading, and I wanted to know about the people who entertained America so much during my growing up years I love "I love Lucy" and love Fred and Ethel and the actors that played them.
When CBS approached Lucille Ball with the offer of turning her popular radio show My Favorite Husband into a television show, she was agreeable with one condition: Arnaz had a successful career touring the country with his rhumba band, which was one of the reasons Lucille wanted him to get cast as her TV husband—to keep him off the road and close to home.
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In an effort to show the network and potential sponsors that they could work together as a comedy team, they crafted a sort of vaudevillian skit that was inserted into the middle of performances by the Desi Arnaz Orchestra during a tour in the summer of Lucille and Desi wanted to work in Los Angeles, near their home and their new baby daughter Lucie.
In those days the U. As a result, such shows were preserved on kinescopes a movie camera aimed at a TV monitor that recorded the show in negligible quality and shipped to distant stations. Desi Arnaz suggested that the show be filmed with three cameras, like a stage play, which would provide the same quality picture for every market.
But multi-cameras had never been used on a situation comedy before, and there were many obstacles involved, not the least of which was accommodating a live studio audience Desi knew that Lucille worked best when she got immediate audience feedback. Desi hired legendary cinematographer Karl Freund to help solve the dilemma, and along with writer-producer Jess Oppenheimer and director Marc Daniels, they built a set, and the necessary filming equipment was strategically placed.
CBS balked at the additional expense involved in this undertaking, so Arnaz struck a deal: He and Lucille would take a large cut in their salaries and their company, Desilu Productions, would retain ownership of the films in exchange. Finally tobacco giant Philip Morris signed on at the 11th hour. There was, however, one small problem: Lucille Ball was a Chesterfield girl. She eventually overcame this little hurdle by having a stagehand stuff any on-camera Philip Morris packs full of Chesterfield cigarettes.
But Gordon, who had a steady gig at the time on the Our Miss Brooks radio program, asked for more money than Desilu had to offer. But Arnaz no stranger to the bottle himself thought that Frawley was just curmudgeonly enough to bring Fred Mertz to life. Lucille had worked with Bea Benaderet in radio and wanted her to play Ethel Mertz.
Pepper was the right age and body type to play Ethel, but she was also a known alcoholic and the network nixed her after Frawley was hired; two heavy drinkers in the main cast was too risky. Even co-workers like Keith Thibodeaux Little Ricky, a.