One of the last photographs of Lucille Ball (hi-res scan)

Lucille Ball on the red carpet at the 61st Annual Academy Awards, 1989.

 

Photo taken at 61st Academy Awards 3/29/89 at Lucy's last public appearance. She died less than a month later on 4/26/89. At the time I took these photos of her I wanted to say hello, but she was already being approached by several other people and looked confused, so I stayed back. I didn't want to add to her disorientation.

 

One of the coolest things about this day was, as I was putting on my tux at the hotel getting ready to go to this Oscars show, an old black and white I LOVE LUCY episode was playing on the TV. I knew Lucy was scheduled to be at the show and I looked forward to seeing her in person. It was a bit surreal.

 

- Permission granted to copy, publish or post anywhere but please credit "photo by Alan Light".

 

High resolution scan of the original 35MM film negative - 256 pixels/inch.

  • jaydex 6y

    thats cool, my dad used to point out her house to me in beverly hills every time we made are trek to the valley.
  • Alan Light 6y

    I remember driving by her house a few times when she lived there, too. The house is still there, or at least the frame of it is. A new owner extensively remodeled it. They didn't tear it down all the way, just to its skeleton and then built it back up again. It is now only vaguely recognizable as what it used to be.
  • JD Ward 6y

    Love her and the photo....good job!!! At least we have great captures like this to remember her by...
  • Madeline 6y

    Hi, great photo. Are you still a photographer in California? You have had some fun times!
  • Kingkongphoto & www.celebrity-photos.com 6y

    You were blessed to see this lady in person...
    I never did...kudos to you
  • Lainey1 6y

    I wish I met her. She's one of my favorites besides Carol Burnett. You are so blessed to get these. I love your photos! I wish i could do this for a living, though I know it's hard to do this line of work. I also know the stigma attached to it.
  • zona di fotographia 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Requiem for a photograph., and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • ParishTorch 5y

    I'm sad. Such a loss :(
  • thebigm1986 5y

    A great photo of a great lady.
  • WritrsAsst 5y

    Alan...

    Were you at the Spago's after-Oscar party that night? I was at the party and got some great shots of Lucy a few minutes before she got into the limo to go home. She was so funny, and was kicking up her leg (like a Radio City Rocket). Think I took two rolls of film during those few minutes. This was a few hours after the Oscars. Saw very few photographers at that hour when Lucy left. Someone said they thought I may have gotten the last photos of her in public. Think I got the pictures of her sometime between midnight and 2 am. Loved Lucy. What a great lady. Always a pleasure to see her. Thanks for sharing this great shot of Lucy, Alan. Looks like you and I may have gotten the last photos of Lucy. God bless her. I worked at MGM Studios for over 20 years so have tons of great stories. Lucy was one of my fav celebs.
  • Alan Light 5y

    No, I was at the Governor's Ball at the Shrine, not at Spago. It sounds like YOU got the last photos of Lucy. Have you put them on flickr? You certainly should. You have some very rare shots.
  • johnny aingel 5y

    how fortunate for you and how perceptive and considerate of you--what a great loss--this was well done--indeed
  • John Sposato 4y

    Thanks for sharing this. Lucy and I share a birthday. I have to tape a marathon this weekend.
    I once bought budget videos of her '60 show but it wasn't the same.
  • Erica Almquist 4y

    i miss lucille ball :(
  • da90027 4y

    I agree I hate what the new owner did to her house. They take these beautiful older homes that have charm, subtelty and class and turn them into these ugly faux mediterranean messes that look like a big overdone tract home in Santa Clarita.

    Money does not buy taste. The house was much prettier before the remodel.
  • Jonogib 4y

    I have always loved Lucy and always will! Nearly 50 years ago, at the age of 5 or 6, I was skiing in Franconia Notch, New Hampshire with my family. Next to Cannon Mountain Ski Area (state owned and operated) was a privately owned ski area on another peak of Cannon Mountain called "Mittersill". Because I was still learning how to ski, I was not allowed to ride any of the lifts there except for the rope tow. With square-toed leather lace-up boots, wooden skis with screwed-on metal edges, and "bear-trap" cable bindings, I started walking up to the rope tow when I saw a crowd gathering around this really tall lady with orange hair. I vividly remember what she wore. She was wearing black skin-tight ski pants (as opposed to my baggy corduroy knickers with wool socks), black turtleneck, black ear/headband, and black gloves with white fluffy cuffs. I asked my mom who the tall lady was, and after a long stare, she told me that she was Lucille Ball from the “I Love Lucy Show”. I turned to my mom and said that I thought she had red hair, not orange! We didn’t have a color TV back then and the only red hair I recalled seeing at that age was that of Bozo the Clown in print. My mom and I went up to meet her and shake hands. I was a little intimidated by her stature, but extended my hand when prompted. I recall the story often when the subject matter turns to “famous people you’ve met.” I feel honored to have met the “Queen of Comedy” even if at a very young age.
  • Alan Light 4y

    Thanks for sharing that lovely story.
  • Scott 4y

    Magnificent ! A photographic tribute to this amazing lady!
  • pwright2007 2y

    I go by her house often enough and it's unrecognizable. Roxbury Dr in Beverly Hills was filled with so many stars. Jack Benny, Jimmy Stewart, Rosemary Clooney, Agnes Moorhead and many more. Sad to say most of their homes are gone. And what a lovely pic of Lucille Ball.
  • heathereisenberg 2y

    WritrsAsst

    Hello! seeing her picture and reading the beautiful comments brings tears to my eyes of what an amazing woman she was and how she is so dearly missed. By any chance can you send me a photo(s) of a few of the after party. I can pay you as well. I would love a copy if you or Alan can send. Again, I"m just a fan and would love the addition to my Lucy collection
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