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Lucille Ball

Lucille Ball (actress/comedienne) In May, 1985, Lucille Ball was in New York City's South Bronx, an elderly bag lady in grimy rags, slumped against the graffiti-covered wall of a lone building left standing like a scarecrow in the midst of a field of bombed-out stone rubble, its door and lower windows cemented up, its roof gone. She was starring in a serious dramatic motion picture-for-television, Stone Pillow. It was a project as far removed from comedy as she ever undertook. Slowly, steadily a crowd began to form as if from nowhere appearing like birds massing before a storm, intent on getting closer and closer to the bag woman. Some started a low chant, unintelligible at first, then, as others began to pick it up, distinguishable.