There was a new story in the book FIREBALL: Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3 by Robert Matzen that I had never heard before. Well, actually, there were several that I’d never heard before, all fascinating, but this one’s the gem.
I knew that Carole Lombard and Lucille Ball had been friends, and oh, what a pair they must have made! I had heard that Lucy was devastated when Carole died. But I’d never heard this:
Long after Carole had passed away, Lucy, whose film career was floundering, wondered if she should try acting in a television comedy show. One night she had a dream about her old friend Carole Lombard, who had once reigned as the “Queen of Screwball Comedy.” In the dream, Carole appeared, beautifully dressed in a suit. She said to Lucille, “Take a chance, honey. Give it a whirl!”
Lucy did. She probably figured her old friend wouldn’t ever have steered her wrong.
The result was the most beloved show in television history: I LOVE LUCY.