Tag Archives: Lucille Ball

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Old Lucille Ball Interview: Here She Discusses Her Favorite Women Comics

Ask Her Anything About Desi Sr., Divorce, Drugs, Gay Rights—Lucy Ball Hasn’t Become Bashful at 68
PETER LESTER February 11, 1980 12:00 PM

Bette Midler, Sitting On Chair Telling Jokes

Who are your favorite current comediennes?

Carol Burnett—she heads my list, absolutely. That girl can do anything. Nancy Walker too. Goldie Hawn, I love her. Dean Martin and Ann Sothern make me laugh more in person than in pictures. Bette Midler’s style is so much broader than mine, but I enjoy her. She shocks me. Knowing how honest and adorable and vulnerable she is, I’m shocked that she goes overboard that much in concert. Read More

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

1987 – Bette Midler heads into Chasen’s restaurant to help set up for the meeting between Lily Tomlin and Lucille Ball

1987 – Bette Midler heads into Chasen’s restaurant to help set up for the meeting between Lily Tomlin and Lucille Ball

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Bette Midler: Bette, Lucy, and Lily

Bette Midler: Bette, Lucy, and Lily

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

BetteBack December 22, 1974: Johnny Carson Releases Collector’s Item Album Which Includes Bette Midler

Atchison Sunday Globe
December 22, 1974


After almost two years in production Here’s Johnny Magic Moments from the Tonight Show is being released by Casablanca Records. The album which Neil Bogart President of Casablanca Records has called the “That’s Entertainment” of records features an incredible array of stars in once in a lifetime highlight of music song and comedy drawn from 25 years of the Tonight Show Many of the selections which were chosen from thousands of hours of material from the N B C archives and private collections are rare collector’s items which no longer exist in any other media. Read More

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Monday, May 29, 2017

BetteBack November 27, 1974: Bette Midler Attends American Indian Development Association Gala

Waterloo Courier
November 27, 1974

Bette Midler with Arlo Guthrie

Bette Midler with Arlo Guthrie

NEW YORK (AP ) .— Marlon Brando said he thought there was “something obscene” in getting all dressed up to talk about a suffering people “but how else are we going to raise money and call attention to the Indian cause?”

And so, dressed in a blue velvet jacket, red turtle neck with a turquoise necklace, Brando was host to a gathering of 300 guests who paid up to $250 to aid the American Indian Development Association.

It was called the. First. Americans Gala held at the Waldorf Astoria where Indian chiefs in magnificent headdresses mingled with Celebrities like guest of honor Ethel Kennedy, her sister-in-law, Mrs. Stephen Smith, pop singer Bette Midler, artist Larry Rivers, writer George Plimpton and talk show host Dick Cavett, who said he was an adopted Crow and an adopted Sioux. Read More

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

BetteBack October 22, 1974: The Disasterous Roast Of Johnny Carson

Star News
October 22, 1974


Johnny Carson explained to Filmland friends Saturday evening. .”I’ve married three times because, as a concerned American . I’ve wanted to spread the wealth more evenly among the populace.”

And that was about the funniest line to come out of The Friars’ Club Charity Roast honoring “The King Who Rules Midnight.”

Perhaps never have so many comedians laid such a massive quantity of eggs as were hatched at the dais ol the Grand Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel Saturday evening. The head table consisted of a multimillion dollars worth of talent — including Lucille Ball, George Burns. Red Buttons., Buddy Hackett. Bob Hope. Alan King, Bette Midler. Jan Murray. Carroll O’Connor. Burt Reynolds and Don Rickles. yet by the end of the program even the professional comedians who are usually each other’s most appreciative audience’ had trouble not lookhig bored. Read More

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Bette Midler On Her Desire For Her TV Series:

Bette Midler On Her Desire For Her TV Series: ” My overarching desire is to really make people laugh the way they haven’t laughed in years. I don’t like mild TV The true test of a comedian is to make you laugh until you cry. To me that’s great art. No one did this better than the late Lucille Ball. I knew her. I adored her. I don’t have half the skills that she had. For my money, that’s the standard. The bar for great, intelligent comedy has always been Lucy.” (Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service, January 9, 2001 Read More

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

BetteBack September 20, 1972: Bette Midler On Shortlist To Star In “Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York”

Bucks County Courier Times
September 20, 1972

Bette Midler at Home ca. 1970s-1980s

Bette Midler at Home ca. 1970s-1980s

Lucille Ball is identified as “Luci Arnaz’ mother” in a Hollywood flash saying either Luci or Bette Midler will film Gail Parent‘s novel “Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York.” It says “Luci Arnaz’ mother. Lucille Ball.” co-stars in a screenplay Miss Parent wrote.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Billy Crystal Praises Funny Women

The Star
Billy Crystal: In praise of funny women
June 20, 2013


Billy Crystal has a (funny) bone to pick with Jerry Lewis, who has repeatedly insisted women comics can’t bring the laughs.

“What, Lucille Ball’s not funny?” asked Crystal in an exclusive interview with the Star while in Toronto to promote Monsters University, where he reprises his voice role of one-eyed Mike Wazowski in a prequel to the 2001 hit Monsters, Inc. The movie opens June 21.

Crystal, who started out doing standup and went on to become a cast member on Saturday Night Live before making movies like When Harry Met Sally … and City Slickers, said women have been making people laugh at the movies for decades. Read More

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Saturday, July 7, 2012

BetteBack: Bette’s First Movie Association As Lead In “Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York.” ~ September 20, 1972

Mister D: The film went on to star Jeannie Berlin (in the original “The Heartbreak Kid“) and Roy Scheider (of “Jaws” fame) in 1975…The movie deals with single 30-year-old trying unsuccessfully to straddle two worlds: the one she’s been programmed for from birth—marriage first, life later—and the illusive swinging singles scene of liberated New York City…Meet Sheila Levine, she’s smart and funny, and her mother tells her she’s beautiful. . . . But her skirt’s always a bit wrinkled, she’s trying to lose 15—make that 25—pounds, she just turned 30 . . . and she’s still single. She tries to date and mate, she really does, but disappointment turns to desperation, and after a flash of insight, Sheila calmly decides to kill herself. So she starts to get her affairs in order and writes a suicide note to her loving parents to explain it all. Read More

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