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The lovable Mertzes, Ethel & Fred on the I Love Lucy were fabulous. The pair played by Vivian Vance and William Frawley. Their on screen chemistry was fantastic. Unfortunately off screen they couldn't stand each other...so sad.

Vivian Vance, actress (Ethel Mertz-I Love Lucy), died of cancer at 67 on August 17, 1979 [Gone but not forgotten]

I can hear Ethel's voice just looking at this! Love this episode, "Lucy gets a black eye" :P

Vivian Vance, 1940s (7/26/09 - 8/17/79) American television and theater actress and singer. Vance is best known for her role as Ethel Mertz, sidekick to Lucille Ball on the American television sitcom " I Love Lucy", and as Vivian Bagley on "The Lucy Show".