My Favorite Husband

My Favorite Husband

Richard Denning

Born on March 27, 1914 in Poughkeepsie, New York

Died on October 11, 1998 in Escondido, California of cardiac arrest

Lucille Ball

Born on August 6, 1911 in Jamestown, New York

Died on April 26, 1989 in Beverly Hills, California of acute aortic aneurysm


CBS, 1948-1951

A 30-minute situation comedy starring Lucille Ball as Liz Cugat/Cooper, wife of George Cugat/Cooper, a banker. George's best friend was is boss, Rudolph Atterbury, played by Gale Gordon. Liz's best friend was Rudolph's wife, Iris, played by Bea Benaderet. Lucy played a goofy housewife very like the one made famous on television a few years later in "I Love Lucy." George was played by Lee Bowman and later by Richare Denning. Ruth Perrott played Cooper's maid, Katie. Music was by the Wilbur Hatch orchestra.

Lucy Becomes "Liz Cooper"

by Jess Oppenheimer

(from "Laughs, Luck...and Lucy")

"DECEMBER, 1948 BROUGHT good news. The ratings were up, and Pat Weaver at Young & Rubicam had bought the program for General Foods, makers of Jell-O, starting in January. Although Lucy’s new, more 'down-to-earth' Liz Cugat was an improvement, I decided that the show still needed a few more changes to make the characters easier for the audience to identify with. The first was to change their last name from 'Cugat' to 'Cooper.' I also didn’t feel the average listener related too well to the problems of the vice president of a bank, so we made it clear that husband George, although he had this fancy-sounding title, in fact wasn’t making any more than the garage attendant down the street. This gave them the universal 'average man's' problem of making ends meet. This also allowed us to have more fun with Liz’s 'unique' way of figuring household finances."