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'The Early Show' Celebrates Lucille Ball for Her 100th Birthday (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 5th 2011 6:00PM
Lucille Ball on 'The Early Show'Saturday would have been Lucille Ball's 100th birthday. 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS) took a look back at her influence and legacy with a few industry experts and celebrities to see what made her such an iconic figure in comedy and television history.

We're used to seeing sitcoms shot with multiple cameras these days, and that's thanks to 'I Love Lucy,' which was the first to do that, said Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly. The technique helped revolutionize the industry.

Joan Rivers credited Ball as a trailblazer for funny women. "She had a two-fold legacy," she said. "One, very simply, was 'own it.' She was the first one to own her sitcom. I mean, genius. Genius to figure that one out. And the second legacy really was, opening the door for good looking women to be funny."

Every fan of the show also has favorite episodes of 'I Love Lucy,' whether it was the conveyor belt, the Vitameatavegamin commercial, or the clip where Ball told Desi Arnaz he was going to be a father. Ball made all of those moments work. "I don't think we'll ever see another actor as talented as Lucy in every way," said Ball biographer Kathleen Brady.

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'"I don't think we'll ever see another actor as talented as Lucy in every way,' said Ball biographer Kathleen Brady."

Well, that's a bit of hyperbole in the service of selling books. She is a seminal figure, but if she were really that talented she probably would have had a bigger movie career than leads in B-pictures and bit and supporting roles in A-pictures.

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