Vivian Vance, actress (Ethel Mertz-I Love Lucy), died of cancer at 67 on August 17, 1979 [Gone but not forgotten]
Vivian Vance, 1940s (7/26/09 - 8/17/79) American television and theater actress and singer. Vance is best known for her role as Ethel Mertz, sidekick to Lucille Ball on the American television sitcom " I Love Lucy", and as Vivian Bagley on "The Lucy Show".
Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance
Vivian Vance aka Ethel Mertz
A glamourous Vivian Vance in the 1940s. Vivian was best known as Ethel Mertz on "I Love Lucy" in the 1950s.
Ricky thinks that Lucy is a kleptomaniac because for a benefit, she stashed a lot of old vases and stuff in her closet. Well when she finds out that Ricky is coming over with a psychiatrist, her and Ethel decide to act like kleptomaniacs pretening like they robbed a gas station, have stolen jewels all over the apartment, and an elephant they took from the circus in their bedroom.
Vivian Vance and her cat From the estate of Vivian Vance Photo: From The Serge Matt Collection
celebrity friendships: Vivian Vance and Lucille Ball