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Here’s Lucy, in grotesque wax

Lucille Ball is seen in this life-size wax figure at Madame Tussaud's wax museum at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. This photo was taken on May 23, 2007; that was the year that Lucy would have turned 96, if she hadn't died 18 years earlier, in 1989. Lucille Ball's cause of death was a ruptured abdominal aorta, yikes! Fortunately, Lucy's ruptured aorta and her deathbed scene are not depicted here. (You have to go to the original Madame Tussaud's in London for that.) Here we have Lucy as a housewife of the 1950s, caught in the act as she mixes arsenic into Ricky's morning pancakes. Those battling Ricardos, so funny! This episode of I Love Lucy was the first time a stomach pump was shown being used on American network television, a true landmark in TV history.

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