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

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

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".

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

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

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.

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