Vivian Vance would have been 106 years old today, but to me she’ll always be Ethel, and always be ageless. I’m such a fan of Lucy and Ethel that I named my computers after them. I know, crazy, but I love it when Lucy’s name scrolls across one screen saver and Ethel scrolls across the other. I’ve been meaning to name rename LC’s, as well, Ricky of course :-) My friend, Marti, also has a birthday today, you’re in good company, Marti!
Vivian Vance’s most famous character Ethel Mertz was a less-than-prosperous landlady of an East 68th Street Manhattan brownstone, owned along with husband Fred Mertz. Fred was played by William Frawley, who was 22 years older. The 2 actors shared great on-screen comedic chemistry, but they really did not get along when not filming & never socialized. Vance complained about his age. Frawley had heard that she stated that he should be playing her father rather than her husband. Apparently Frawley loathed Vance on sight.