Fast Facts

  • Studied drama in high school with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and novelist William Inge.
  • Began her stage-acting career in community theaters in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, before finally moving to New York City in 1932.
  • Understudied Ethel Merman in the 1934 Broadway musical Anything Goes, featuring the music and lyrics of Cole Porter.
  • Won the Emmy Award for Best Series Supporting Actress in 1954, the first year the category was honored, for her portrayal of Ethel Mertz on I Love Lucy.


  • 1954, Emmy — Best Series Supporting Actress: Winner
  • 1957, Emmy — Best Supporting Performance by an Actress: Nominee
  • 1955, Emmy — Best Supporting Actress in a Regular Series: Nominee
  • 1958, Emmy — Best Continuing Supporting Performance by an Actress in a Dramatic or Comedy Series: Nominee


  • Robert Jones — Father
  • Robert Jones — Brother
  • Lou Ann Graham — Sister
  • Mickey Boyer — Sister
  • Philip Ober — Ex-husband
  • Dorothy O'Neal — Sister
  • Venus Speer — Sister
  • George Koch — Ex-husband
  • Euphemia Mae Jones — Mother
  • Joseph Shearer Dannick Jr. — Ex-husband
  • John Dodds — Husband


  • Birth Name: Vivian Roberta Jones
  • Birth Place: Cherryvale, KS
  • Died: August 17, 1979
  • Profession: Actor

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