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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Unforgettable Supporting Character

(July 26, 1909 – August 17, 1979)

Vivian Vance, was an 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.

Honored for her work in 1953, Vance became the first actress to win an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Supporting Actress". Vance accepted her award at the Emmy ceremony in February 1954. She was nominated an additional three times (for 1954, 1956 and 1957) before the end of the series.

She was a former Broadway showgirl who, between 1932 and 1947, appeared mostly, with varying degrees of success, in stylish New York staged musicals and comedies. Just prior to being signed to play Ethel Mertz in 1951, Vance made her screen debut, appearing in two films: The Secret Fury (1950) and The Blue Veil (1951).
At the age of 42, she became an internationally recognized TV star. In 1954, Vance became the first actress to win an Emmy Award as "best supporting actress" for her role of Ethel Mertz. She was nominated three more times before the end of the series.

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