Stunning new statue of Lucille Ball finally replaces "Scary Lucy"

"Scary Lucy" is no more as Lucille Ball finally gets a bronze statue worthy of her.

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Fans of Lucille Ball can rest easy: The "scary Lucy" statue that looks nothing like her has finally been replaced.

Ball's hometown of Celoron, New York, unveiled a new bronze statue Saturday on what would have been the comedy legend's 105th birthday.

The Buffalo News reports several hundred people attended the ceremony to catch a glimpse of history, including the town's mayor and the artist of the more flattering sculpture, Carolyn Palmer

Reaction to the new version of Ball was overwhelmingly positive, with the crowd erupting into applause when it was revealed. The new sculpture features Ball with her signature updo, pearl necklace and polka-dot dress, similar to what fans envision when they think of the television pioneer. 

"I've lived and breathed every second of Lucy for the last nine months," Palmer told The Hollywood Reporter. "Lucy loved people and people loved her."

The ceremony marked the end of a controversial seven-year saga that started with the unveiling of the first statue in 2009. Residents loathed it, and a longtime fan of Ball started a Facebook campaign urging the town to replace it. 

Last spring, that page went viral and caused a media sensation. The exposure caught the attention of billionaire Ernie Boch, Jr., who donated $20,000 to help fund the new commission. 

For those wondering what happened to the old statue, it didn't move too far. "Scary Lucy" now stands in a more isolated corner of the same park. 

Many residents jokingly wanted to melt the old sculpture down, decapitate it or throw it into the nearby lake. But the decision was made to keep it in the same town because it brought some much-needed attention.

"We're kind of back on the map," Schrecengost told The Buffalo News. "People didn't realize that most of Lucy's childhood years were spent in Celoron."

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