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Day 36: “California, Here We Come!” “We had to plant our five Pontiacs all over the country so we could film the car scenes on location. Dann Cahn had to Drive the car across the George Washington Bridge so they could get it on film for the end of the episode about us leaving town. Then we all got into another car at the studio and they filmed us singing, so it looks like it was us all the time. They have a car in Tennessee too, and other places we will visit on the trip. Eventually, Lucy and I want three of the cars to go to our writers because they are so responsible for the success of the show.” - Desi Arnaz
There are a few things I love about this: Learning how they made the famous “California, Here We Come!” scene possible, and the fact that Lucy and Desi gave cars to the writers—because they loved them so much. 💕 That just makes me so darn happy. Swipe to see more from this iconic episode. •


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“In a show that’s destined to be a hit, nothing but happy things happen. God’s arm was around us.” - Jess Oppenheimer talking about I Love Lucy
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“Ricky Ricardo: Lucy's acting crazy!
Fred Mertz: Crazy for Lucy or crazy for ordinary people?” - I Love Lucy “Lucy Thinks Ricky is Trying to Kill Her” Season 1 Episode 4♥️
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“In February, I came down with a bad virus and flew to Miami for some sunshine. Because of my leg, which was still giving me a bad time, the doctors kept pumping me full of antibiotics. After a couple of weeks, we opened the show again, but the virus persisted. During the last week in April, I fainted on stage during a song-and-dance routine. A month later, I fainted again. By this time they were giving me oxygen backstage to keep me going. Both DeDe and Gary were urging me to quit. “Lucille! The Man upstairs is trying to tell you something!” DeDe told me. But I ignored her warning. Since I’d backed the show, I didn’t have to worry about friends or unknown angels losing money in the production, which had been a sellout from the beginning. But I worried about my supporting players and the gypsies, the dancers and singers who migrate from show to show. I wanted them all to have the run on the show, which, in spite of the reviews, promise to be a long one. Ultimately, I just couldn’t keep up, much as I’d wanted to. One night in May, seven months after we had opened in Philadelphia, I collapsed onstage and my doctors ordered me to close the show. We turned back $165,000 at the box office, but my pride suffered more than my pocketbook. When my energy wanes, it embarrasses me terribly. I hate being sick or incapacitated in any way. Hedda Hopper wrote, “Let’s hope Lucy stays in the hospital until she regains her health, strength and peace of mind. Lucy is one of the most vital girls I know that so weak now she can scarcely hold a teacup.” - Lucy while she was starring in Wildcat on Broadway
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Happy birthday to the woman who has brought more happiness and joy into my life than anybody else in the whole world. I loved Lucy since the first moment I saw her on television. I can’t even begin to thank her for helping me through my hardest days and my darkest moments. The times I felt that there was nothing good in the world, there was Lucy, never failing to bring a smile to my face and laughter to my soul. She has been nothing but a light and a comfort to me, and I love her and thank her so much for that. I have a hard time expressing my feelings through words, but I think Sammy Davis Jr. describes them best when he said:
“All of the funny hats and the baggy pants, the mustaches and the wigs and the pratfalls and the blacked out teeth, they didn’t fool us for one minute. You see, we saw through all the disguises, and what we found inside is more than we deserve.”
Thank you, Lucy, and happy birthday.❤️
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When you share the day with your idol 👸🏾🧚🏽‍♀️
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I’ve been super busy, but I can never miss Lucy’s birthday 😍😍 happy birthday angel we will see you in heaven 😭😭

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I’ve been super busy, but I can never miss Lucy’s birthday 😍😍 happy birthday angel we will see you in heaven 😭😭

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“Actors and actresses all strive for affection. We get up on a stage because we want to be loved. The stage fulfills this need better than anything else; especially if you’ve found a rapport with an audience and can wrap them up in your arms and hug them close.” - Lucy✨
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“I want someone who knows I’m not really perfect, yet he stares at me like I’m the most perfect woman he has ever seen.” - anonymous💛
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“I had a driving, consuming ambition to succeed in show business but I had no idea where my real talents lay. I was dying to be told, to be shown. Way down deep underneath those brassy showgirl trappings was Lucy, and there she stayed, strangulated, for years.” - Lucy
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Stop the Paparazzi! 🤣🤣 The Knickerbocker Hotel
Today, it is an apartment house for senior citizens, but back in the 1920's, the Knickerbocker Hotel was the place to be!
Rudolph Valentino hung out at the hotel bar, and visited to tango dance here.

Famed magician Harry Houdini had always been interested in the occult, so he and his wife made a deal that if he died before she did, he would try to contact her after his death. So, on Halloween of 1926, (the first anniversary of his death) Houdini's wife, Bess, conducted a séance on the roof of the Knickerbocker hotel. When Houdini failed to put in a ghostly appearance, she continued holding annual séances at the hotel for over a decade, without success.
The hotel lobby features a large crystal chandelier, which cost $120,000 in the 1920's - which would be over $1 million today's dollars. It is under this very chandelier that epic film director D.W. Griffith ("Birth of a Nation," "Intolerance") died of a stroke on July 21, 1948.
Marilyn Monroe honeymooned here with Joe Dimaggio in January of 1954.
Elvis Presley enjoyed staying at the Knickerbocker; in suite 1016. He was here in 1956, while he was shooting "Love Me Tender." He also posed for "Heartbreak Hotel" photos in one of its rooms.

Other stars who lived at the Knickerbocker include Frank Sinatra, Barbara Stanwyck, Lana Turner, Mae West, Laurel & Hardy, Larry Fine of the Three Stooges, and Cecil B. DeMille.

On November 15, 1962, a costume designer to the stars named Irene jumped to her death from a hotel window. She had designed costumes for over 100 Hollywood movies, including "Easter Parade" and several "Thin Man" films.
William Frawley, who played Fred Mertz on "I Love Lucy," lived at the hotel for decades. On March 3, 1966, he was coming back to the Knickerbocker when he dropped dead of a heart attack on the sidewalk in front of the hotel. His nurse dragged him into the lobby in an attempt to revive him, but it was too late.
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“We got great reviews and the bits were quite funny, but what I remember this movie for chiefly is the truly terrible migraine headaches I suffered making it. And no wonder! In filming all this wild slapstick, I sprained both wrists and displaced six vertebrae, then irritated my sciatic nerve by walking on the outside of my ankles for hours doing a drunk scene. I also suffered a two-day paralysis of the eyeball when talcum powder was accidentally blown into my eye by a wind machine. A three-day dunking in a wine back gave me a severe cold, and I also was bruised by several tons of coffee beans.” - Lucy in filming The Fuller Brush Girl
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