Lucille Ball’s Personal Assistant
Born on August 6, 1911, in Jamestown, New York, Lucille Ball got her start as a singer, model, and film star before becoming one of America’s top comedic actresses with the 1950s TV show I Love Lucy, co-starring on the show with her husband, Desi Arnaz. Making its debut on October 15, 1951, the show was an immediate success and set the stage for a generation of family-related sitcoms to come.
Her groundbreaking work in comedy paved the way for future stars such as Mary Tyler Moore, Penny Marshall, Cybill Shepherd and even Robin Williams.
For four of its seasons, the sitcom was the number one show in the country. In 1953 the program captured an unheard-of 67.3 percent audience share, which included a 71.1 percent rating for the episode that featured Little Ricky’s birth, a turnout that surpassed the television audience for President Eisenhower’s inauguration ceremonies.
Our story teller is Oklahoman Wanda Clark who moved to California from Oklahoma City and eventually became a special assistant to Lucille Ball for twenty-eight years.
Another Oklahoma oral history preserved by VoicesofOklahoma.com.
Interview with Wanda Clark
Müllerhaus Legacy Website Team
Date Created: August 5, 2015
Date Published: December 23, 2015
Notes: Recorded by John Erling in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Digital Audio Sound Recording, Non-Music.
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