Vivian Vance. She and Lucy truly were best friends until Viv's death in 1979. She was only 2 years older than Lucy despite the portrayal of her being much older on I Love Lucy.

Vivian Vance. She and Lucy truly were best friends until Viv's death in 1979. She was only 2 years older than Lucy despite the portrayal of her being much older on I Love Lucy.

Vivian Vance and her cat   From the estate of Vivian Vance Photo: From The Serge Matt Collection

I Love Ethel - A Vivian Vance archive uncovered

Vivian Vance and her cat From the estate of Vivian Vance Photo: From The Serge Matt Collection

Vivian Vance...too bad she didn't do much acting after the 'I Love Lucy Show'

You'll Never Guess Who This Beauty Is

Vivian Vance, 1940s (7/26/09 - 8/17/79) 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".

Vivian Vance, 1940s (7/26/09 - 8/17/79) 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".

Monday night on CBS: Bud Collyer In 'I’ve Got a Secret'; Garry Moore; Vivian Vance and Lucille Ball in ‘The Lucille Ball Show’; Danny Thomas, Andy Griffith, and Don Knotts in ‘The Andy Griffith Show.’

Monday night on CBS: Bud Collyer In 'I’ve Got a Secret'; Garry Moore; Vivian Vance and Lucille Ball in ‘The Lucille Ball Show’; Danny Thomas, Andy Griffith, and Don Knotts in ‘The Andy Griffith Show.’

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