Being an I Love Lucy fanatic, I went crazy when I knew I was going to interview Marion Strong....er....I mean the actress who played her --- Shirley Mitchell!
She was everything I had hoped and more. This character actress has performed in practically every trendsetting TV show in the 50s, 60, and 70s -- and at 90 years young, she is still auditioning. You go, Sister!
Kelly, Terry [our cameraman], and I spent a delightful afternoon with Shirley at her Westwood Los Angeles condo.
Yes, that is a REAL Oscar, bestowed on her late husband, Jay Livingston, who was the voice of Mister Ed and a songwriter. He won 3 Academy Awards; this one is for "Buttons and Bows." He also wrote "Que Sera Sera," "Mona Lisa," "Tammy," and "Silver Bells" to name a mere few.
You can catch Shirley on IN BED WITH DANN & KELLY [in 5 parts]:
Shirley is active in several charities including SHARE and Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
Read about it, and more of Shirley, in an upcoming article in A&U magazine