Gonna have a Ball blogging for Lucy.

Well, it’s already June, and that means … it’s only a little over two months until Lucille Ball’s 100th birthday! We are so excited to be planning the “Loving Lucy” Blogathon, which will be hosted here at True Classics on August 6th.

Some wonderful bloggers have already signed up to participate, and we welcome you to join us that day as we celebrate the life and career of the pioneering comedienne. The rules are simple: sometime prior to or on August 6th, post an entry on your blog discussing something Lucy-related. That’s it! You can write about anything—her television shows, her movie roles, aspects of her personal life, her behind-the-scenes role as the first woman to head a major production studio … anything about Lucy that you find particularly fascinating. And if you want to participate but need a suggestion for a topic, just let us know—we have a multitude of ideas! You can do a photo post, a podcast, an interview—let your imagination (and your ambition!) run wild. There is no limit to what you can do, and no limit to the number of posts you can contribute—as a matter of fact (provided each of us can swing it), Carrie, Nikki, and I will EACH be posting something Lucy-related that day!

Once you have completed and posted your entry, simply head back over here and leave a comment with a link to your post, or email us at trueclassicsblog (at) gmail dot com. We’ll link all of the posts in an entry on the morning of the 6th and will be encouraging people throughout the day to stop by and see what you have to offer!

Here is a list of folks who have signed up to participate thus far. If you’ve already contacted me about participating and don’t see your name on the list, please let me know!

UPDATED 7/11/11
Backlots
Caftan Woman

Carole & Co.
Cinderbella’s Diary
Cinema Fanatic
Classic Movie World
Fedoras and High Heels
FilmClassics
Forever Classics
Forgotten Classics of Yesteryear
Garbo Laughs
Ida Lupino
Katharine-Hepburn.org
Noir and Chick Flicks
Raymond Owen
Rock Hudson Blog
Sew Technicolor
Silver Screen Scribblings
The Most Beautiful Fraud in the World
The Scarlett Olive
Thrilling Days of Yesteryear
True Classics: The ABCs of Classic Film
Via Margutta 51
Waitin’ on a Sunny Day
Widescreen World

We posted some preliminary banners in April to start getting the word out, but this week we’ve whipped up a couple more for you to use to promote the blogathon on your own site, if you should so desire. I’ll be the first to admit they aren’t the prettiest banners ever to be created for one of these things (like I’ve said before, stuff like this is so far out of my wheelhouse), but if you don’t like them, you can always take a cue from Marya and make your ownΒ (hers featuring Lucy in Miss Grant Takes Richmond is lovely).Β And please make sure to link back to this entry when posting a banner so any interested parties can find out more details about this event!

To those who have already signed up, thank you for joining us for this event! And for those who haven’t … well, what are you waiting for? We’d love to have you join us! πŸ™‚

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56 thoughts on “Gonna have a Ball blogging for Lucy.

  1. I can’t wait to see what everyone posts! I just realized that I must have been signed into my other blog when I posted, though. My old movie blog is http://fedorasandhighheels.blogspot.com/. Do you think you could remove the Just Audrey link and add the one for Fedoras and High Heels instead? That’s where I will be posting my blogathon entry. Thanks for hosting this and sorry for the mix-up.

    • Yay! Thanks, Caroline!

      (And everyone who reads this should go over to Caroline’s blog to participate in the Queer Blogathon!)

    • Ack! I’m positively mortified to have left you off the list, Clara! I will rectify that immediately! Just as soon as I’m done baking this gigantic loaf of bread …

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  3. Brandie, do the Lucy Blogathon entries have to be writing specifically for the blogathon? I ask because I wrote a blog about THE DARK CORNER for my blog TALES OF THE EASILY DISTRACTED on May 27th. If you’re willing to use it (presuming someone else hasn’t already taken THE DARK CORNER), that’d be great, but if you don’t want already gently-used blog posts, no hard feelings. Either way, I look forward to reading the blogs you and the rest of the Lucy Blogathon-ers post!

    • Hey, Dorian–the entries do not have to be specifically written for the blogathon, so we’d love to include your post on The Dark Corner. Just stop by and add the link to your post to the blogathon entry on August 6th! And I’ll add you to our list of fabulous contributors. πŸ™‚

      • Yippee! Thanks, Brandie, for giving me another opportunity to showcase THE DARK CORNER as part of the increasingly awesome “Loving Lucy” Blogathon on August 6th! I’m guessing that, since I already have my DARK CORNER post good to go, all I have to do is provide a link and say something like “This post, ‘THE DARK CORNER: You Picked a Fine Time to Meet Me, Lucille,’ is my entry for the LOVING LUCY Blogathon, hosted by True Classics'” Please confirm whether that’s the way to do it. I’m looking forward.to participating in the Lucy Blogathon — thanks again, Brandie!

  4. I couldn’t locate a copy of the movie I wanted to write on, “Miss Grant Takes Richmond,” which I saw a few months ago and really liked (TCM will be showing it again on Lucy’s birthday, Aug. 6). She costars with William Holden (remember his “I Love Lucy” episode where Lucy sets her putty nose on fire while trying to light a cigarette?) and also gets great support from character actors James Gleason and Frank McHugh. But I will be reprinting as a retrospective post something I wrote awhile back on the character actors in “I Love Lucy.” Here’s the link:

    http://themovieprojector.blogspot.com/2009/12/lucys-character-actors-and-actresses.html

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