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Lucy’s Unforgettable Goofy Facial Expressions

29c Buster Keaton single

The 29-cent Buster Keaton stamp, part of the Silent Stars Issue, was issued April 27, 1994.

Scott 3532

The 34-cent Lucille Ball stamp, part of the Legends of Hollywood Series, was issued August 6, 2001. The sheet highlights one of Lucy's famous expressions in the selvage at right of the stamps.

32c Charlie Chaplin single

The 32-cent Charlie Chaplin stamp, part of the Celebrate The Century Series, was issued February 3, 1998.

Though she started off her acting career trying to make it as a blonde bombshell à la Marilyn Monroe, Ball discovered much greater success as her quirky redheaded character. Entering largely uncharted territory for female entertainers, she took cues from male comedians like Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplain. Their silent routines inspired Lucy’s unforgettable goofy facial expressions and slapstick physical comedy.

"I am a real ham. I love an audience. I work better with an audience. I am dead, in fact, without one." -Lucille Ball