Do you remember Lucy's maiden name or the club where Ricky sang "Babalú?" If you call yourself an "I Love Lucy" fan, and you can't ace this quiz, you might have some 'splaining to do! For the record, her maiden name is McGillicuddy and he performed at the Tropicana Club.
"I Love Lucy" premiered during the dawn of the television era. When it first hit the small screen on October 15, 1951, only about one out of every 10 U.S. homes had a TV. By the time the show and its successor, "The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour," went off the air in 1960, 90 percent of American homes had at least one TV.
During its decade-long run, the series revolutionized television technology and production. Desi Arnaz developed a three-camera filming technique that had never been used before but continues to be the standard to this day. Lucy and Desi also formed Desilu Productions in 1950 which produced "I Love Lucy". When Lucy bought Desi out in 1962, she became the very first woman ever to head a major production company.
Finally, there's the extraordinary fact that a TV show featuring a beautiful young American woman in a "mixed marriage" ever made it onto TV at all. In the late '40s, Lucille Ball and Richard Denning played Liz and George Cooper on a radio series called "My Favorite Husband." When the networks wanted to move the show to television, Lucy wanted real-life husband Desi to co-star, but the network was adamant that viewers would never accept this cross-cultural pairing. Luckily, Ball got her way, and the show went on to become comedy gold, and to live on in syndication for decades.
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