Happy 106th birthday to Vivian Vance!
On July 26, 1909, Vivian Jones was born in Cherryvale, Kansas. By 1932, she had assumed the name Vance and begun work on Broadway, after a stint in the Albuquerque theater scene. After being seen in the play The Voice of the Turtle
, Vance was plucked to play Ethel Mertz, Lucy's elder landlady on I Love Lucy (though she was really just two years older). The rest, as they say, is history.