The Lucille Ball celebrity doll depicts her as Lucy Ricardo from Episode 30 “Lucy Does a TV Commercial” of the 1950s sitcom I Love Lucy on CBS. The doll is a first edition made in 1997, first of a long line of Lucille Ball dolls made by Mattel based on favorite episodes in the Timeless Treasure Collection.
The episode features Lucy attempting to sell Vitameatavegamin in a commercial, unaware of it’s alcohol content as she gets more intoxicated with each take. It is one of the all-time favorite sitcom episodes to this day. Ball was an actress, comedian, and television producer. She died in 1989 at the age of 77.
The doll is dressed in a replica black and white fitted checkered dress with tiny black buttons, a satin white collar and elbow length cuffs, and a silver buckled sewn in belt. The dress snaps and is removable with extreme care. The doll also wears well fitted, seamed nylon stockings and open toed black plastic heels. The hair is styled in a bun with a black and white lace and net elastic attached hat. A double strand pearl necklace and earrings finish the look. Accessories include a small plastic bottle of Vitameatavegamin, a plastic silver spoon and a black plastic “Lucy Does a TV Commercial “labeled doll stand.
The back of the doll’s head is stamped “©1996, Desilu, too, LLC”. The shoulders and hips rotate, the waist twists, the knees bend, the arms are fixed in a bent position, and the neck only moves side to side.
The Celebrity Doll Museum also owns the two doll gift set versions: Lucille Ball doll with her husband Desi Arnaz as Ricky Ricardo from Episode 50 of I Love Lucy “Lucy is Enciente” and the Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance as Ethel Mertz dolls from the Matching Dress set ( “Lucy and Ethel Buy the Same Dress”),