Thursday, August 4, 2016

Fran Drescher on Lucille Ball: new video & American Masters Podcast for Lucy's birthday

Late comedian, actress, producer and television legend Lucille Ball would have turned 105 years old this year on August 6. Celebrate her birthday with episode four of the American Masters Podcast featuring actresses Doris SingletonFran Drescher and Carol Burnett, who discuss Lucy's successes and challenges as one of America's first women media moguls and television sensations.

Hosted by series executive producer Michael Kantor, new episodes of the American Masters Podcast are available biweekly on the In Their Own Words: The American Masters Digital Archive websiteiTunesSoundcloud and Stitcher. Season one, "Women on Women," features long-form interviews with influential women discussing women cultural icons.

In a never-before-seen video from In Their Own Words: The American Masters Digital Archive, comedian, actress and producer Fran Drescher speaks about Lucille Ball's style and determination as Lucy on I Love Lucy in an interview filmed for American Masters - Finding Lucy (2000).
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"Lucy didn't communicate with Ricky. She did what she wanted to do. She went after what she wanted, in spite of what he would order her not to do, which I think in a certain way is of course feminist, makes her her own person and everything like that. She knew how to manipulate her man. She knew how to work it out that she can gets what she wants, and that's what was so funny." --Fran Drescher filmed November 1999 for American Masters: Finding Lucy (2000) 

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