I mean realistically, after "I Love Lucy" was done.
What Roles Could've Vivian Vance Played?
|by Anonymous||reply 102||July 25, 2021 5:37 PM|
I consider this Vance woman to be totally uninteresting but she could have played all the Shirley Booth roles and Thelma Ritter roles.
The three are indistinguishable.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||June 14, 2021 11:46 PM|
Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate
|by Anonymous||reply 2||June 14, 2021 11:48 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 3||June 14, 2021 11:48 PM|
Debbie in Debbie Does Dallas.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||June 14, 2021 11:48 PM|
She could have played all the Brenda de Banzie roles.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||June 14, 2021 11:49 PM|
Any middle-aged character woman.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||June 14, 2021 11:50 PM|
"Dutch Oven: The Ethel Merman and Ernest Borgnine Love Story"
She could play Ethel or Ernest.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||June 14, 2021 11:51 PM|
Edie Grant on MTM.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||June 14, 2021 11:53 PM|
She would have been a fun interim housekeeper for the Brady's when Alice went to work at the diner because the kids were mean to her. Better than that sour puss Kay who didn't want to play basketball with the boys or stay and watch tv with the kids because she had her own tv at home.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||June 14, 2021 11:57 PM|
Belle Rosen in The Poseidon Adventure
|by Anonymous||reply 10||June 15, 2021 1:20 AM|
She was very good on Rhoda as the neighbor. I know she had mental health issues but even William Frawley had another long role on a sitcom. Still I can't think of any roles. I never saw her as a motherly types as when she was on "the Lucy Show," she had absolutely no chemistry with her TV son and didn't seem at all motherly toward the kid. Though all three child actors from "the Lucy Show" said very nice things about her.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||June 20, 2021 7:14 PM|
She'd have been a better Mame than Lucy.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||June 20, 2021 7:16 PM|
Agreed. But she could never play Lucy. Never.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||June 20, 2021 7:19 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 14||June 20, 2021 7:19 PM|
One of Charlie's original Angels.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||June 20, 2021 7:22 PM|
Vivian should have gotten more critical credit for her action hero roles.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||June 20, 2021 7:26 PM|
True story- Andy Warhol courted her to star as the murderous matron in Andy Warhol’s Bad after serious consideration, La Vance decided it would upset her loyal fan base. Carroll Baker got the part.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||June 20, 2021 7:27 PM|
She would have made a GREAT Cora Hoover Hooper and kept ANYONE CAN WHISTLE running all season long. Same thing with DEAR WORLD. Anything Lansbury could do, Vance could do better.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||June 20, 2021 7:29 PM|
Always liked her… as much as Lucy. Didn’t think she was ugly by any means. She just appeared to always have an easy going personality
|by Anonymous||reply 19||June 20, 2021 7:31 PM|
R9, my guess is that sour puss Kay wasn't really so dour. She poured it on with the kids and Carol so that they'd miss Alice all the more.
Especially that bitch Marcia.
The late Mary Treen made an impact with that role as we all remember Kay so well.
Treen amassed over 215 credits during her acting career; she died at the age of 82 in 1989.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||June 20, 2021 7:33 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 21||June 20, 2021 7:34 PM|
Did she ever do "Hello, Dolly!" She would have been great as Dolly Levi. The whole show is sort of one long Lucy show, anyway.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||June 20, 2021 7:37 PM|
[quote]She'd have been a better Mame than Lucy.
I'd have been a better Mame than Lucy
|by Anonymous||reply 23||June 20, 2021 7:47 PM|
That's actually an interesting and believable suggestion.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||June 20, 2021 7:49 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 25||June 20, 2021 8:00 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 26||June 20, 2021 8:02 PM|
No, but maybe Tootsie.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||June 20, 2021 8:05 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 28||June 20, 2021 8:07 PM|
I don't know why you all go crazy over Vivian Vance, she's just people like you and me.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||June 20, 2021 8:08 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 30||June 20, 2021 8:23 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 31||June 20, 2021 8:26 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 32||June 20, 2021 8:29 PM|
Alice Pearce was perfect but Vance would have been good as Gladys Kravitz. Bonus points if they cast William Frawley as Abner.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||June 20, 2021 8:43 PM|
Viv would have made an intriguing Sue Ann Nivens.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||June 20, 2021 8:49 PM|
“What roles could’ve”, OP?
You did that on purpose, right?
|by Anonymous||reply 35||June 20, 2021 8:58 PM|
Kate Bradley on Petticoat Junction
Mrs. Roper on Three's Company
Had she lived, she would have been a great Golden Girl!
|by Anonymous||reply 36||June 20, 2021 10:21 PM|
Judith Lowry would have been a better Mame, r12.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||June 20, 2021 10:22 PM|
Vance didn't do ditzy, r33.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||June 20, 2021 10:24 PM|
The mom in The Exorcist
|by Anonymous||reply 39||June 20, 2021 10:34 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 40||June 20, 2021 10:46 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 41||June 21, 2021 12:25 PM|
Martha in "Virginia Woolf"
|by Anonymous||reply 42||June 21, 2021 12:43 PM|
The real one. Not the pop version.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||June 21, 2021 12:53 PM|
There was an episode of I ❤️ Lucy where Vic dresses up as a VIXEN. DL people approved. Instead of Stockard Channing -Vivian Vance as RIZZO in GREASE!
|by Anonymous||reply 44||June 21, 2021 1:10 PM|
VIV dresses up not Vic
|by Anonymous||reply 45||June 21, 2021 1:12 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 46||June 21, 2021 1:13 PM|
Viv Morrow, the Headless Horsewoman.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||June 21, 2021 4:13 PM|
[quote]I don't know why you all go crazy over Vivian Vance, she's just people like you and me.
She may be a girl but she's not like you.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||July 21, 2021 5:02 PM|
The manly Brady Maid
|by Anonymous||reply 49||July 21, 2021 5:08 PM|
A Golden Girls character. Perhaps a different take on Dorothy? Viv could do sarcastic.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||July 21, 2021 6:28 PM|
A 2000 year old piece of petrified wood would have been a better Mame than Lucy!!
|by Anonymous||reply 51||July 21, 2021 6:33 PM|
Vivian should have played Vera Charles when MAME was filmed. Getting Lucy and Vivian back together again could not have hurt the movie. And it might have made it a great deal better. Vivian was always great when she was angry or annoyed with Lucy. And their "Bosom Buddies" would have been one for the ages.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||July 21, 2021 6:34 PM|
She could play any role Doris Roberts did.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||July 21, 2021 8:31 PM|
Melanie Daniels in "The Birds"
Miss Jean Brodie
Bree in "Klute"
|by Anonymous||reply 54||July 21, 2021 8:38 PM|
If there had only been a 60s movie musical where they had played your favorite and mine, "Shortnin' Bread"!
Maybe she could have played the Baroness in "The Sound of Music" and they could have worked it in.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||July 21, 2021 8:41 PM|
I could see a reoccurring character carved out for her on Bewitched. Maybe Uncle Arthur's wife.
Could she been an occasional neighbor on The Jeffersons?
|by Anonymous||reply 56||July 21, 2021 8:45 PM|
[quote] And their "Bosom Buddies" would have been one for the ages.
You can kind of see what their Bosom Buddies would have been like when they do Friendship on I Love Lucy.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||July 21, 2021 9:16 PM|
I wish The Love Boat had written in a role for Viv. Maybe the head of the kitchen staff or the manageress of the gift shop.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||July 21, 2021 9:19 PM|
[quote] Maybe Uncle Arthur's wife.
You know damn well Uncle Arthur never had a WIFE. Husband maybe but not wife.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||July 21, 2021 9:32 PM|
It was TV, Uncle Arthur could have had a wife.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||July 21, 2021 10:25 PM|
She was so disappointed in being passed over for Scarlett O' Hara in Gone With the Wind, she nearly ended her career. We are all grateful that she decided to stick it out.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||July 21, 2021 10:32 PM|
I've think she'd have been brilliant as the more talented friend
who laughed her ass off
as Lucy croaked her way through the musical version of "Mame"
|by Anonymous||reply 62||July 21, 2021 10:40 PM|
I will never understand why they chose Rita Hayworth over Vivian, for Miss Sadie Thompson.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||July 22, 2021 2:12 AM|
Rosemary, the school teacher in "Picnic". It was played wonderfully well by Roz Russell. But I'd have liked to see what Vance would've done with it.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||July 22, 2021 2:26 AM|
Roz hammed it up from start to finish. It's a bravura performance, but "bravura" has no place in the midwest in the 1950s. Vivian might have given it some real heart.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||July 22, 2021 2:31 AM|
R64 Yeah, it's a bit over the top, but I can appreciate the performance nonetheless. Of course, the character was also drinking/drunk for some of those scenes. So, there's that. But I'd love to see Vance's version. She was equally good at drama as she was in comedy.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||July 22, 2021 2:34 AM|
R66 was for R65, obviously. I shouldn't try to multi-task while typing.
|by Anonymous||reply 67||July 22, 2021 2:37 AM|
Mrs. Van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank. Although with this film, as with Picnic, Lucille (screw)Ball probably wouldn't have given her the time off from ILL to film the movie.
|by Anonymous||reply 68||July 22, 2021 2:39 AM|
Mrs. Babish on Laverne and Shirley.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||July 22, 2021 2:47 AM|
RIZZO in Grease
|by Anonymous||reply 70||July 22, 2021 2:52 AM|
The lady in the radiator
|by Anonymous||reply 71||July 22, 2021 3:05 AM|
She would have been great as Martha Levinson, Shirley MacLaine's role in DOWNTON ABBEY.
Viv would have cut Maggie Smith down to size.
|by Anonymous||reply 72||July 22, 2021 6:49 AM|
She could have played Rosemary Woodhouse and given birth to a fiery red headed she devil
|by Anonymous||reply 73||July 22, 2021 10:34 AM|
Her physical decline is sad to view:
Agree with someone up-thread: had she lived, she'd have offered a brilliant take on Dorothy Z.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||July 22, 2021 10:56 AM|
She would've been an interesting Maude.
The Betsy Palmer role on Friday the 13th.
|by Anonymous||reply 75||July 22, 2021 11:00 AM|
Ethel (heh) in On Golden Pond -- either screen or stage
|by Anonymous||reply 76||July 22, 2021 11:01 AM|
[quote]It was TV, Uncle Arthur could have had a wife.
no, not even Uncle Arthur could have had a wife
|by Anonymous||reply 77||July 22, 2021 11:41 AM|
[quote]I will never understand why they chose Rita Hayworth over Vivian, for Miss Sadie Thompson.
Speaking of Sada Thompson, she would've been much better as Kate on "Family." Her cold "I've sufficient" would've taught that mooch Willie a thing or too.
|by Anonymous||reply 78||July 22, 2021 11:42 AM|
M's roles. Only better.
|by Anonymous||reply 79||July 22, 2021 11:46 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 80||July 22, 2021 11:50 AM|
Could she have done the Angela Lansbury role in Manchurian Candidate? She has such a warm, likable voice, it would be interesting to see it juxtaposed with cold, sociopathic language.
|by Anonymous||reply 81||July 22, 2021 11:55 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 82||July 22, 2021 12:02 PM|
[quote]Speaking of Sada Thompson, she would've been much better as Kate on "Family." Her cold "I've sufficient" would've taught that mooch Willie a thing or too.
And she would have told Miss Tovah Feldshuh where to get off right quick. No passive-aggressive Kate with our Viv!
|by Anonymous||reply 83||July 22, 2021 7:59 PM|
She almost had her own show
|by Anonymous||reply 84||July 23, 2021 10:44 AM|
Yes, [R42], I could see her as Martha. "I thought I'd bust a gut...." I can hear her saying it.
|by Anonymous||reply 85||July 23, 2021 11:59 AM|
Oda Mae Brown in "Ghost"
|by Anonymous||reply 86||July 24, 2021 1:52 AM|
She could've been Lucy's neighbor and friend, Mary Jane Lewis, on "The Lucy Show"
|by Anonymous||reply 87||July 24, 2021 1:56 AM|
She could have been the landlady that throws Lucy out of her apartment in Stone Pillow.
|by Anonymous||reply 88||July 24, 2021 2:36 AM|
Marry me, r88
|by Anonymous||reply 89||July 24, 2021 10:38 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 90||July 24, 2021 11:06 AM|
Jessica Fletcher? No way? Viv would NEVER indulge in all that mugging that Lansbury relies on to get by.
|by Anonymous||reply 91||July 24, 2021 11:08 AM|
I think she'd have made a good Lola in Come Back, Little Sheba
|by Anonymous||reply 92||July 24, 2021 11:16 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 93||July 24, 2021 6:44 PM|
Madame Arcati. She'd be great.
|by Anonymous||reply 94||July 24, 2021 7:04 PM|
The Animagic version of herself in any Rankin Bass holiday special.
|by Anonymous||reply 95||July 24, 2021 7:50 PM|
Penny Sycamore, You Can't Take it With You.
She and Lucy would have been fun in Arsenic and Old Lace. Of course, it would scream I Love Lucy. But it would be fun.
|by Anonymous||reply 96||July 24, 2021 7:58 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 97||July 25, 2021 1:51 PM|
Miss Hannigan in Annie. Vera Charles. Remember, her background was in musical theatre.
|by Anonymous||reply 98||July 25, 2021 2:00 PM|
In that case, Margaret White in Carrie: The Musical r98
|by Anonymous||reply 99||July 25, 2021 2:02 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 100||July 25, 2021 2:21 PM|
I too, would have loved to see her as Lola in Come Back, Little Sheeba.
|by Anonymous||reply 101||July 25, 2021 2:38 PM|
She had that Midwestern sensibility, r101
Both Viv and William Inge were from Independence, KS, coincidentally
|by Anonymous||reply 102||July 25, 2021 5:37 PM|