In honor of the centennial of Lucille Ball's birth, a number of tributes are taking place. The Hallmark Channel will air a 48-hour marathon of I Love Lucy episodes. The Hollywood Museum will have a special exhibit highlighting her career and achievements. It Books will publish an anniversary edition of Desilu: The Story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, written by Coyne S. Sanders and Tom Gilbert with a forward by TV critic Tom Shales. The Paley Center for Media in New York will offer screenings of Lucille Ball miscellanea, including some of her rare appearances on The Carol Burnett Show. Ball's hometown, Jamestown, New York, is holding The Lucille Ball 100th Birthday Festival of Comedy, featuring Lucille Ball lookalikes and other entertainment.
I Love Lucy still holds up today as a pillar of humor and a keystone of television history, a testimony to Lucille Ball's genius. She is an icon of comedy, TV, and show business, and will never be forgotten.