HOLLYWOOD — Apr. 25, 2019 — The Hollywood Museum celebrated the legacy of Lucille Ball last night with a gala event that unveiled a new lobby exhibit, Remembering Lucy, featuring costumes, gowns, jewelry, props and other memorabilia from the life and career of Television’s First Queen of Comedy. The evening also commemorated the 30th anniversary of Lucy’s passing on Apr. 26, 1989 with tributes from special guests, including Kate Luckinbill-Conner, daughter of actors Lucie Arnaz and Lawrence Luckinbill, and granddaughter of Lucille Ball.
“Tonight is all about Lucille Ball,” said Donelle Dadigan,” founder and president of The Hollywood Museum. “Tonight is a public Thank You for all of the joy and laughter that Ms. Ball brought into our lives, and continues to do today.”
The Hollywood Museum is located at Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Avenue in Hollywood, California, in the famous Max Factor Building (“where Max Factor gave Lucy her signature red hair”).
Remembering Lucy includes props, costumes, posters and other items from Lucy’s film career from the 1930s and ’40s; her radio career; her iconic television shows I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, and Here’s Lucy, including an ear clip that Lucy wore while making The Lucy Show; plus such personal items as the tinted eyeglasses with large black frames that Lucy wore near the end of her life.
The Remembering Lucy exhibit will be on display in the lobby of the Museum for the next week. It will then be moved into “the Redheads Only Room,” located on the first floor of the Museum, for display throughout the summer.
Last night’s festivities also included an announcement from Luckinbill-Conner about The Lucy Legacy, a new project that aims “to bring Lucy, Desi and the whole crew into the present,” plus a special message from Lucie Arnaz, and heartfelt memories from such Lucy luminaries as Barry Livingston (whose pre-My Three Sons television appearances include include The Lucy Show), Ball’s longtime publicist Tom Watson, author Michael Stern (I Had a Ball: My Friendship with Lucy), and showbiz historian Geoffrey Mark, author of The Lucy Book. Donelle Dadigan, founder and president of the Hollywood Museum, hosted the evening, while Kathy Garver (Family Affair), Susan Olsen (The Brady Bunch), Kate Linder (The Young and the Restless), Melody Thomas-Scott (The Young and the Restless), Bob Bergen (the voice of Porky Pig), Barbara van Orden (LA’s Next Big Stage Star), and comedienne Judy Tenuta were among the other celebrities in attendance.
The Hollywood Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that houses over 10,000 Authentic Show Business Treasures spotlighting more than 100 years of Hollywood history – from the Silents to Talkies, to Hollywood’s Golden Era, Film Noir, Television and its Pioneer Years, through the rebellious 60s, special effects 70s, evolving 80s, involved 90s, technological 2000s, and beyond to current day heartthrobs! The Hollywood Museum’s exhibits showcase the best in film, network and cable television, and new digital platforms featuring iconic and fan favorites! Located in the heart of Hollywood, at the corner of Hollywood Blvd and Highland Ave – The Hollywood Museum in the historic Max Factor Building is the Official Museum of Hollywood and offers visitors the most extensive collection of Hollywood memorabilia in the world featuring the glamour of Hollywood legends and stars – past, present and in the making. The museum offers one-of-a-kind costumes, props, photographs, scripts, stars’ car collections, personal artifacts, posters, and memorabilia from favorite stars, films and TV shows. Just a few steps from the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Museum has been named the #1 top tourist attraction in Hollywood by LA Weekly, and one of the Top 10 Museums in LA by the LA Tourism and Convention Board and Trip Advisor.
REGULAR HOURS: Wednesday – Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
TICKETS: $15 Adults: $12 Seniors (62+): $12 for students with ID and $5 Children under 5.
ADDRESS: 1660 N. Highland Ave. (at Hollywood Blvd.), Los Angeles, CA 90028
MUSEUM INFO: www.TheHollywoodMuseum.com or Tel: (323) 464-7776