Carole was so impressive that Lucille took her under her wing, and gave Carole her stage name in honor of her dearly departed friend, actress Carol Lombard because she felt they both shared “the same healthy disrespect for everything in general.”
It was the start of a lifelong friendship and working relationship between the two with Carole appearing in many of Lucy’s television shows.
She would also appear in several cult movies, like Sixteen Candles and The Incredible Mister Limpet, and such popular TV dramas like Greys Anatomy and Dynasty.
Today we talk to the legendary Carole Cook about her work and friendships with many of comedy’s leading ladies, including Carol Channing, Ethel Merman, JoAnne Worley and of course Lucille Ball.
What was it like living and working with Lucy? What happened between Carole and Molly Ringwald in the film Sixteen Candles? And did Lucille Ball ever get over her divorce from Desi Arnaz?
Plus questions from you, the listeners–
You can see Carol on Sunday, August 15 at the Herbst Theater in San Francsico at Northern California’s largest annual AIDS benefit, “Help is on the Way.”
Sixteen Candles: Amazon