‘I Love Lucy’: Watch Vivian Vance Jokingly Tell Lucille Ball ‘Her Roots Are Grown Out’

by Madison Miller
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The comedic genius energy present on “I Love Lucy” wasn’t all an act.

Each of the actors behind the iconic characters like Lucy, Ricky, Fred, and Ethel all had their own unique humor.

The beauty of “I Love Lucy” turned out to be how easily the cast could joke around and produce hilarious content.

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were real-life husband and wife at the time of the show. However, Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance (Ethel) were also longtime friends and collaborators. This was clear during an interview from 1975 when Vance jokingly teases an iconic part of Ball’s look.

Iconic and Hilarious Moment Between ‘I Love Lucy’ Stars

Lucille Ball was a part of a tribute on “The Dinah Shore Show.” Suddenly, the cast brought in her onscreen BFF Vivian Vance. It was the first time in several years the two friends were able to see each other. Vance had moved to the San Francisco area.

“I also wanted to tell you that you let your roots grow out,” Vance says lovingly to her friend. Meanwhile, the two are latched onto each other in a sweet hug. They can’t seem to separate on the couch either as the two are hip-to-hip and nearly moved to tears by the surprise. It was a really touching moment that showed just how everlasting their bond from “I Love Lucy” was.

Vance shares that although they haven’t gotten to see each other face-to-face, they always talk on the phone.

“You always gotta watch us cry a little when we see each other … We’ve been through a lot together, two husbands, two divorces.”

Fans of “I Love Lucy” have seen no shortage of crying on the show. Lucille Ball’s hilarious sob is one of the most iconic parts of the comedic sitcom. When Ricky and Lucy decide to leave New York to move to a quaint farmhouse in Connecticut, she can’t bear to leave behind Ethel. The episode is called “Lucy Hates to Leave” and the two end up crying like babies. If one of them cries, both of them cry. That was always a constant on the show — laughter and sobbing. Many believe that the most iconic duo that came out of “I Love Lucy” was really Lucy and Ethel.

She also brought along a hilarious gag gift she had gotten while the two were on “I Love Lucy.” Lucille Ball declared that Vance couldn’t dye her hair within five shades of hers, “either way.” She declared herself “the natural, lovable redhead.”

Vivian Vance and Lucille Ball Say Goodbye

The friendship between the two co-stars stretched all the way to the end of their lives. On August 17, 1979, Vance passed away from breast cancer that had metastasized into bone cancer. Just a few days before, Ball came to say goodbye.

According to People, the last reunion was incredibly heartbreaking.

“You could hear them laughing, and towards the end there was a lot of sobbing. It was an amazing thing to witness. The love of these two women … ” Paige Peterson wrote in her novel “Growing Up Belvedere-Tiburon.”

When Ball went to leave, she couldn’t even speak she was so emotionally wrecked by the thought of Vivian Vance passing away. Vance died just a few days later when she was 70.

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