Vivian Vance Wows Us With Her Beautiful Singing Voice!

Vivian Vance was an 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.

Known for her impeccable comedic timing and distinctive speaking voice, Vivian Vance was a perfect partner in crime for Lucille Ball. While Lucy’s star shown bright, it’s easy to forget that Vance was a supremely talented performer in her own right.

She eventually began her dramatic studies at Independence High School with drama instructor Anna Ingleman. Her love of acting clashed with her mother’s strict religious beliefs. “Viv” soon rebelled, often sneaking out of her bedroom and staying out after curfew.

She changed her surname to Vance and moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to find work as an actress. Performing as a chorus girl on Broadway in the 1930s. The local theatre community helped pay her way to New York City to study under Eva Le Gallienne.

Vance moved from stage to film and then finally to the wonderful world of television.

It’s no wonder that she earned four Emmy nominations for her performances on I Love Lucy, winning for best supporting actress in 1954! With such a broad range of talents, she was a credit to the show in so many ways.

This wonderful clip from 1952 showcases her ability to be funny, commanding, and perfectly on-pitch for Ethel’s song. Take a look back with us at this entertaining Vivian Vance performance.

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