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'Scary Lucy': Replacement Lucille Ball statue to be unveiled Saturday

A less frightening likeness of comedic actress Lucille Ball is headed to her hometown of Celoron, New York, to replace the life-size bronze statue popularly known as “Scary Lucy.”

Set to be unveiled Aug. 6, on what would have been Ball’s 105th birthday, the new statue was created by Carolyn Palmer, who was unanimously selected from a national competition of more than 65 sculptors. The artist spent nine months studying Ball, watching I Love Lucy, working with models, and crafting the statue, which stands 6 feet tall.

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How Lucille Ball saved Star Trek

This article originally appeared in Entertainment Weekly’s Ultimate Guide to Star Trek.

Lucille Ball, the undisputed queen of television in the 1950s and 1960s, had already earned a place in television history with her immortal 1951-57 sitcom I Love Lucy. The financial success of her blockbuster hit, costarring then-husband Desi Arnaz, allowed the couple to buy the former RKO Studios adjacent to the Paramount lot in Los Angeles in 1957.

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See Carol Burnett and Lucille Ball team up in 1960s comedy special

In 1966, comedy legends Carol Burnett and Lucille Ball wasted no time proving themselves as a good team: They were playing off of each other before they even shared a stage.

“I would like to present a woman who has dazzled the world with her charm and talent, who has conquered every phase of show business, who is the first lady of television, and who wrote this introduction,” Burnett says as she welcomes her guest in this exclusive clip from the comedy special.

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SAG Awards 2016: Carol Burnett reflects on friendship with Lucille Ball

When Tina Fey and Amy Poehler paid tribute to Carol Burnett with the presentation of the lifetime achievement award at the 2016 SAG Awards, it was clear that the Saturday Night Live alums owed a debt to Burnett, who starred in her own hilarious variety show in the 1960s and ’70s. But backstage, Burnett pointed to another queen of comedy who paved the path for her: Lucille Ball.

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Cate Blanchett to star in Lucille Ball biopic written by Aaron Sorkin

Lucille Ball is getting the biopic she deserves. The legendary actress and comedian will be brought to life in a new project starring Cate Blanchett and written by Aaron Sorkin, EW confirmed.

The movie will be produced by Ball’s two children, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr., and will track Ball’s life over the course of her 20-year marriage with I Love Lucy costar Desi Arnaz. Two TV movies have been about Ball: Lucy (2003), starring Rachel York, and Lucy & Desi (1991) with Frances Fisher and Maurice Bernard as the leads.

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