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I have also noted what year(s) each person won in so be sure to read the notes.
Unless otherwise noted all of these individuals were billed as "Guest Star", the ones noted were billed as "Special Guest Star".
Carol Burnett is the person living that appeared in 2 or more eps of "The Lucy Show" as guest stars. And speaking of Carol Burnett, her character's last name is incorrectly listed on IMDb for her final 2 eps (a 2-part episode).
Ruta Lee was in more than 1 ep was well; however she was only giving guest star billing in her first show.
It is important to mention that there weren't any guest stars during S1 (surviving or otherwise), however there were guest cast members (like Peter Marshall who turned 93 in March). And, Dick Martin was giving co-star billing in the eps that he appeared in from S1, although he seemed more like a guest star than a co-star because he did not appear in many eps.
It is also prudent to mention that the brilliant actress and singer Carole Cook was not giving co-star (or guest star billing) in "Lucy and Tennessee Ernie Ford" even though she absolutely stole the show! Ms. Cook appeared on the series in a number of roles over the years, and I have her listed on the living TLS's cast and crew list. But it is unfortunate that Ms. Cook (like Mary Jane Kroft) was never given star billing in any of her many "The Lucy Show" episodes which is something both actresses most assuredly deserved.
Jay North appeared on a S4 ep of “The Lucy Show” and by this time he was very well known and he was in a lot of the episode. However, Jay isn't given star billing for his appearance which is because Lucy was very strict about who was credited as a "star" and who was not on her television series.
Please know that sometimes someone may pass away and their passing may not be reported on IMDb (or in the national media) for several months (or sometimes even years) after their passing. I wish to sincerely thank the families that get in touch with me to let me know that their loved ones have passed away when it is otherwise unknown and unreported in the media.
For a list of movie stars of the 1930's that are living (also updated as of May 2019) please check out my other list: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls061327696/.
I've also included links for each person on this list (with interviews and pictures and more info about them) so make sure you read the notes if you have further interest or are looking for more resources (this section with the links has been updated as of May 2019).
Please be aware that sometimes a person listed may pass away and their passing may not be reported in the media (or on IMDb) for several months. My lists are the only ones you will see that are updated on a regular basis (with the month and the year when they were last updated in the title) which include factual information that I personally check and confirm. But if you see a passing with a date prior to December 2019 for anyone on this list that is because their passing was not reported until well passed December 2019. As a film and television historian I receive notes all the time from the loved ones of actors (and crew members) that have passed away and I appreciate their help tremendously. As of 2011, Ms. Elaine Mirk was reportedly living. Ms. Mirk played a child munchkin (IMDb does not have a page for her). TCM lists another child munchkin by the name of Viola White (she also does not have a page on IMDb). According to several people that I have spoken to it is unconfirmed if either lady is living, however a majority believe that sadly neither one is.
Although this list is the most accurate and up-to-date, you may also check the FAQs page on IMDb for the living cast and crew; I created it in 2014 after Ms. Ruth Duccini (who was the final dwarf lady munchkin living) passed away: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032138/faq?ref_=tt_faq_sm#.2.1.15.
My lists have been published in magazines and news articles around the world and on many other Web sites. You're welcome to copy this list as well (please give me credit if you do). And, if you wish to see my most recent updates that are the most accurate, be sure to bookmark my profile page on IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/user/ur22905245/?ref_=nv_usr_prof_0. Thank you for making this my most viewed list.
I used the cast biographies on the “I Love Lucy” Blu-rays and complete series DVD set to compile this list. These include complete guest cast information for every single episode, as well as biographies on the guest cast and episode-specific pictures. This was produced by Gregg Oppenheimer.
The reason why I have this listed by episode name is because some of these people do not have a dedicated page for themselves on IMDb.
For a list of all of the living cast and crew of “I Love Lucy” (people that worked on/in 2 or more shows) you may see my other list: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls063348529/.
Sadly, no one is living that appeared on the show as an adult in a recurring role. The final recurring cast member that passed away was Ms. Shirley "I've been waiting 10 years for you to lay that egg!" Mitchell in November 2013.
There is also no one living that even appeared on the show as an adult two or more times with any substantial dialogue.
The last living writer was Bob Schiller who passed away in October 2017. The last person to appear as a regular musician on the series (without any dialog) was Tony Terran (the trumpet player from Desi's/Ricky's orchestra) who passed away in March 2017.
Keep in mind, some of the info listed on IMDb for these individuals is incorrect or it’s just non-existent.
James John Ganzer portrayed the first baby/Little Ricky in the famous ep "Lucy Goes to the Hospital". When I first created this list in 2016 he did not have an IMDb page, although he does now. The video seen of him on this ep was filmed in Nov. 1952 and also used in a deleted scene that the sponsor used to congratulate Ricky and Lucy (this is on the S2 blu-ray) and a stock clip of him was also used in the ep "The Club Election." I received a note in 2018 from Mr. Ganzer's daughter sadly telling me that he passed away in 2014. May he rest in peace.
The only bona fide star on this list is Ms. Diana Serra Cary (formerly known as "Baby Peggy").
All of the people on this list appeared in moving film prior to 1930 as babies and/or children. Also, most of the people on this list were uncredited and/or extras or bit/background characters.
None of the actors on this list were ever given co-star billing. Generally, they were credited as "featuring".
If there were any guest stars prior to season 4 they were billed after the main cast or core cast which included the children.
Please note: There is an actress by the name of Noriko Honma that IMDb incorrectly has listed as alive (as of at least May 2019), with a birth-date of 1910. Ms. Honma passed away in 2009 at the age of 97. IMDb does not allow for deaths to be reported unless they are by IMDb paid members.
For a list of all of the living film actors prior to the 1930's (updated as of May 2019) please see this list that I made: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls049760254/.
Life with Lucy (1986)
Keep on saying 'Yes I can'
It's unfortunate that the stars that we love and grew up watching don't always end their careers on a high-note. There are many reasons for this and the reason why I think this show never caught on was perhaps because audiences didn't give it a chance. Lucy was loyal to her TV audience for more than thirty years and she was not going to change her formula at all and I have to respect her for that because she was a comedy genius. Instead, she plays the same character that we all grew up watching. It is a fun, funny and delightful sitcom if you appreciate Lucy. I love the Lucy character and everything she did and even if I wasn't a big Lucy fan I think I would enjoy this series as well. Because Ms. Ball wasn't just funny, she was hysterical and she defined the art of slapstick and was a wonderful actress as well because she could do drama and make the best facial expressions. "Life with Lucy" included some great episodes and guest star (such as the late and exceptionally talented John Ritter) as well as Ms. Ball's veteran co-star Mr. Gale Gordon. The series also includes a fabulous theme-song and an exceptional supporting cast. This is The Queen of Comedy's swan song and it deserves a place on DVD. Like many fans, I anticipate and look forward to getting the complete series of "Life with Lucy" once it comes out on DVD.