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$10 Million

Vivian Vance information

Vivian Vance information

Birth date: July 26, 1909
Birth place: Cherryvale, Kansas, United States
Death date: August 17, 1979, Belvedere, California, United States
Height:5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Spouse:John Dodds (m. 1961–1979), Philip Ober (m. 1941–1959), George Koch (m. 1933–1940), Joseph Shearer Danneck, Jr. (m. 1928–1931)
Parents:Euphemia Jones, Robert Jones

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Vivian Roberta Jones was born on 26 July 1909, in Cherryvale, Kansas USA, and was a singer and actress, perhaps best remembered for being part of the sitcom “I Love Lucy” as Ethel Merts, Lucille Ball’s sidekick. She was also part of “The Lucy Show”, and all of her endeavors helped put her net worth to where it was prior to her passing in 1979.

How rich was Vivian Vance? As of late-2016, sources estimate a net worth that was at $10 million, mostly earned through a successful career in acting and music. She had parts in numerous films and was also a part of several Broadway productions. All of these achievements ensured the position of her wealth.

Vivian Vance Net Worth $10 million

Vance attended Independence High School, and during her time there, focused on dramatic studies. However, she was discouraged by her mother, and this led her to move to New Mexico, finding work as an actress, debuting in 1930 when she performed at the Albaquerque Little Theatre, which would be the start of an extensive career on stage. She appeared in productions of “The Cradle Song” and “This Thing Called Love”. The theatre community would later help her move to New York City and study there.

In 1932, Vance started appearing in various Broadway productions, usually as a member of the chorus. Eventually, she began getting supporting roles including in the musical “Hooray for What!” One of her most successful performances was in “Let’s Face It”, in which she played Cole Porter; the production would go on to have over 500 performances, increasing her net worth significantly. In 1947, Vivian decided to move to California to pursue theatre and film projects, and during this period, she appeared in films such as “The Secret Fury” and “The Blue Veil”, which got her a little bit of attention but not much else.

In 1951, the new television sitcom “I Love Lucy” was casting, and Vance was recommended for the role of Ethel Mertz – Desi Arnaz saw her performance in the play “The Voice of the Turtle” which helped him decide on offering her the role, despite hesitations from Lucille Ball, and the two would eventually grow to become friends. In the show, Vance played the landlady opposite her on-screen husband William Frawley. Despite the chemistry the two had on screen, they never got along off-screen. For her performances, Vivian became the first actress to win a TV Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress, and her popularity on the show helped her rise in net worth. She was nominated three more times in the following years before the series ended. After the end of “I Love Lucy”, she continued to play Ethel Mertz in the specials entitled “The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show”.

In 1962, Vivian was cast in “The Lucy Show” with conditions that she would be named Vivian and that she would wear better clothing; she portrayed the first divorcee to ever appear in a weekly television series in America, and would play the role until 1965, subsequently making three more guest appearances in the show. She was then cast in the film “The Great Race” which was a moderate success and received several nominations for an Academy Award. She would make her return to Broadway in 1969’s “My Daughter, Your Son” which had a successful national tour.

In the later part of her career, she appeared more as a guest in various television shows, including a recurring appearance in “Here’s Lucy”. She also became an endorser of Maxwell House Coffee.

For her personal life, it is known that Vivian was married four times, firstly to Joseph Shearer Danneck, Jr. from 1928 to 1931, secondly in 1933 to George Koch and their marriage would last for seven years. She then married Philip Ober in 1941 divorcing in 1959. Her final marriage was to John Dodds from 1961 until her death in 1979. She passed away due to bone cancer which resulted from breast cancer that was diagnosed years earlier. She was posthumously awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1991.

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Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2007 OFTA TV Hall of Fame Online Film & Television Association Actors and Actresses
1991 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Television On 14 February 1991 (posthumously). At 7030 Hollywood Blvd.
1954 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Best Series Supporting Actress I Love Lucy (1951)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2004 TV Land Award TV Land Awards Favorite Cantankerous Couple I Love Lucy (1951) · William Frawley
2003 TV Land Award TV Land Awards Favorite Second Banana I Love Lucy (1951)
1958 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Best Continuing Supporting Performance by an Actress in a Dramatic or Comedy Series I Love Lucy (1951)
1957 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Best Supporting Performance by an Actress I Love Lucy (1951)
1955 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Regular Series I Love Lucy (1951)

The Lucy Show (1962) $8,000 /wk + bonuses
I Love Lucy (1951) $7,500 /wk (season 6)
I Love Lucy (1951) $3,500 /wk (season 3)
I Love Lucy (1951) $1,000 /wk (season 2)
I Love Lucy (1951) $450 /wk (season 1)
I Love Lucy (1951) $280 /week (first season)

1 Originally Lucille Ball did not want Vivian to portray Ethel Mertz on I Love Lucy because she thought she was too pretty at 42 to portray a landlord and believed that only the main star should be attractive.
2 Appears on a 44¢ USA commemorative postage stamp in the Early Television Memories issue with Lucille Ball, as Lucy Ricardo and Ethel Mertz in a scene from I Love Lucy: Job Switching (1952). The stamp was issued 11 August 2009.
3 Divorced Philip Ober in 1959 under allegations of spousal abuse. Because the majority of the wealth was earned during the success of I Love Lucy (1951), she was forced to hand over half of her $160,000 in community property, which included, among other things, her ranch in Cubero, New Mexico and home in California.
4 She left The Lucy Show (1962) as a regular in 1965, because the weekly commutes between Connecticut and Los Angeles put a strain on her marriage to publishing executive John Dodds. She asked the show for a $500,000 advance, more creative and directorial control,and a raise in weekly pay. These demands were in part to convince Lucille Ball not to try and talk her out of retirement. She would go on to guest star with Lucy in future projects.
5 After marrying publisher John Dodds in 1961, she left Los Angeles for good. The couple spent the next several years living in various locations. In 1961, they purchased an old white farmhouse in Stamford, Connecticut. They also purchased a 200 year old schoolhouse in Westchester County, New York to be used as a retreat for the two of them after her years on The Lucy Show (1962). As John's career took off, they lived in a penthouse at Beekman Place in Manhattan. Tiring of the big city life, in the late 1960s, they moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico owning and operating a Travel Agency. In 1974, after her first bout with cancer, they decided to sell the business along with property she owned in Solvang, California to finance a publishing business for John in San Francisco. She would live the rest of her life in Belvedere, California, near to her sister, in a shingle style house by the beach.
6 She returned to Broadway in the late 1960s, early 1970s, and usually commanded a $2,500/week salary. When she would return to her hometown of Albequerque, New Mexico, she would only accept a maximum of $250/week for little theater performances.
7 In the 1970s, she discovered commercials were a lucrative way to capitalize on fame, with a 3 year $250,000 contract. She became known as Maxine, in the Maxwell House Commercials.
8 Godmother to John Sebastian. She was best friend's with his mother, Jane Sebastian, and mentioned her name in many I Love Lucy (1951) episodes.
9 Miss Vance was honored by the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health for her contributions on behalf of the mentally ill.
10 Best remembered as Lucy's best friend and land lady, Ethel in I Love Lucy (1951).
11 Producer Vinton Freedley was preparing his next musical and offered Vivian a musical role in which she'd have to do a playful striptease. Known for her vulgar, tauntingly glamorous roles already, she turned him down lest she be typecast. The show was "Leave It to Me," the song was "My Heart Belongs to Daddy," and Mary Martin became a huge musical star as a result of it.
12 A founding member of the Albuquerque Little Theater, where she played a vamp in "This Thing Called Love" and a nun in "The Cradle Song," the local theater community helped pay her way to New York. The theater in later years was eventually nicknamed The Vivian Vance Playhouse.
13 Vivian started acting when she moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she took the last name "Vance" from a dramatics teacher who had been supportive of her acting career.
14 Legend has it that a clause in her television contract required her to stay 10 pounds heavier than costar/producer Lucille Ball. Actually, this contract never existed, at least not in legal, binding form. It was a mock contract given to Vance by Ball as a gag gift sparking the legend it was a real contract.
15 One of her closest friends in childhood was the silent film star Louise Brooks, who was her neighbor in Cherryvale, Kansas.
16 Vance's I Love Lucy (1951) co-star, William Frawley, reportedly received a unique deal for early television. His contract called for residuals from I Love Lucy (1951) for years after the series ended production in 1957. Unfortunately, Vance did not have a similar clause in her contract.
17 Producer Jess Oppenheimer was quoted as saying that the infamous feud between Vance and William Frawley was exaggerated. While TV's favorite neighbors may not have been "chummy" in real life, they were professionals who for the most part treated each other with respect during rehearsals and filming.
18 Battled ill-health throughout much of the 1970s, beginning with a series of strokes in 1973. She died of bone cancer.
19 Was offered to do a spinoff of I Love Lucy (1951) with her costar William Frawley, but the two did not like each other at all in real life and refused to do it.
20 First person to win an Emmy Award for 'Best Supporting Actress' [1954]

1 Advice to actress, Kaye Ballard on doing a series: Kaye, you must use your own first name because I go through life just being called Ethel Mertz. No one even knows who Vivian Vance was.
2 When I die, there will be people who send flowers to Ethel Mertz.
3 "Champagne, for everyone!" While dining at a restaurant, upon hearing of former co-star William Frawley's death on Thursday, March 3rd, 1966.
4 Lucille Ball was supposedly brutally cold to her at their first meeting and later that same day one of the show's staff asked her how she could work for such a bitch to which Vivian Vance replied, "If this show's a success then I'm going to learn to love that 'female dog'.

1 Husky voice
2 Often starred in Lucille Ball's television shows
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