Lucille Ball, the self-styled queen of American Comedy who died in 1989, would have celebrated her 100th Birthday yesterday (6th August). This year also marks the 60th anniversary of I Love Lucy - the show that made Lucille Ball a household name in the States. The LA Times reported that a new exhibition opened at the Hollywood Museum earlier this week, celebrating Ball's life and the history of I Love Lucy, and they will be marking the centenary with a birthday cake celebration and a look-alike contest.
Her daughter Lucie Arnaz was recently interviewed by the LA Times, and she said that she is constantly amazed by the enduring memory of her Mother, with fans constantly approaching her with their memories of the star: "It's a nice thing to do to look back and remember when somebody really changed the way we think about things, whether it be Thomas Edison or Lucille Ball," Arnaz said. "I think she would, of course, be extremely honored and proud. I hear the same kind of stories from the same age people decade after decade as if it were the film 'Groundhog Day.' It is bizarre to be me." There will also be a screening of some of Ball's most famous movies at Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre later this week.