Vivian Vance Net Worth

Vivian Vance Net Worth 2024: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Vivian Vance net worth is
$10 Million

Vivian Vance Wiki Biography

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.

Full NameVivian Vance
Net Worth$10 Million
Date Of BirthJuly 26, 1909
DiedAugust 17, 1979, Belvedere, California, United States
Place Of BirthCherryvale, Kansas, United States
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
SpouseJohn Dodds (m. 1961–1979), Philip Ober (m. 1941–1959), George Koch (m. 1933–1940), Joseph Shearer Danneck, Jr. (m. 1928–1931)
ParentsEuphemia Jones, Robert Jones
NicknamesVivian Roberta Jones , vivian_vance , Viv
AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress In A Regular Series
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Best Continuing Supporting Performance by an Actress - Dramatic or Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Supporting Performance By An Actress, TV Land Favorite Cantankerous Couple Award, TV Land Favorite Second Banana Award
MoviesLucy Calls the President, The Great Houdini, The Great Race, I Love Lucy
TV ShowsThe Lucy Show, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour, I Love Lucy
1Husky voice
2Often starred in Lucille Ball's television shows
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)
1Advice 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.
2When 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.
4Lucille 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'.
1Originally 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.
2Appears 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.
3Divorced 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.
4She 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.
5After 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.
6She 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.
7In 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.
8Godmother to John Sebastian. She was best friend's with his mother, Jane Sebastian, and mentioned her name in many I Love Lucy (1951) episodes.
9Miss Vance was honored by the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health for her contributions on behalf of the mentally ill.
10Best remembered as Lucy's best friend and land lady, Ethel in I Love Lucy (1951).
11Producer 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.
12A 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.
13Vivian 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.
14Legend 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.
15One of her closest friends in childhood was the silent film star Louise Brooks, who was her neighbor in Cherryvale, Kansas.
16Vance'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.
17Producer 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.
18Battled ill-health throughout much of the 1970s, beginning with a series of strokes in 1973. She died of bone cancer.
19Was 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.
20First person to win an Emmy Award for 'Best Supporting Actress' [1954]


Sam1978TV Series
Lucy Calls the President1977TV MovieViv
The Great Houdini1976TV MovieMinnie (Nurse)
Rhoda1975TV SeriesMaggie Cummings
Here's Lucy1968-1972TV SeriesVivian Jones
The Lorax1972TV ShortSinger (voice, uncredited)
Getting Away from It All1972TV MovieMay Brodey
The Front Page1970TV MovieMrs. Grant
Love, American Style1969TV SeriesMadame Zimia Zygmundt (segment "Love and the Medium")
The Lucy Show1962-1968TV SeriesVivian Bagley Vivian Bunson
Off to See the Wizard1967TV SeriesSarah's Mother
The Great Race1965Hester Goodbody
The Red Skelton Hour1960-1964TV SeriesClara Appleby
Guestward Ho!1960TV SeriesBabs
The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour1957-1960TV SeriesEthel Mertz
The Deputy1959TV SeriesEmma Gant
I Love Lucy1951-1957TV SeriesEthel Mertz
Shower of Stars1955TV SeriesMrs. Mullins
Texaco Star Theatre1954TV SeriesEthel Mertz
I Love Lucy1953Ethel Mertz / Herself
The Blue Veil1951Alicia
The Secret Fury1950Leah
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse1949TV Series
Take a Chance1933Dancehall Girl (uncredited)
The Patent Leather Pug1926


I Love Lucy's 50th Anniversary Special2001TV Movie documentary performer: "Carolina in the Morning" uncredited, "Friendship"
The Lucy Show1963TV Series performer - 3 episodes
I Love Lucy1951-1952TV Series performer - 4 episodes


I Love Ryan?2015TV Series very special thanks - 2 episodes
Ryan & Ruby2014TV Series short very special thanks - 1 episode


Over Easy1977TV Series
CBS Salutes Lucy: The First 25 Years1976TV Movie documentaryHerself
Dinah!1975-1976TV SeriesHerself
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Lucille Ball1975TV SpecialHerself
The Merv Griffin Show1965-1973TV SeriesHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1962-1970TV SeriesHerself - Co-Hostess / Herself / Herself - Actress / ...
The Kraft Music Hall1970TV SeriesHerself
The Joan Rivers Show1969TV SeriesHerself
You're Putting Me On1969TV SeriesHerself
The Hollywood Squares1967TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
The Match Game1965-1967TV SeriesHerself - Team Captain
You Don't Say1967TV SeriesHerself
Everybody's Talking1967TV SeriesHerself
I've Got a Secret1959-1966TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Guest / Herself / Herself - Guest / ...
America's Crises1965TV Series documentaryHerself
Call My Bluff1965TV SeriesHerself
Password All-Stars1961-1965TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant
The Price Is Right1965TV SeriesHerself
CBS: The Stars' Address1963TV MovieHerself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1959-1962TV SeriesHerself
Candid Camera1961TV SeriesHerself
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHerself
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse1959TV SeriesHerself
I Love Lucy1956TV SeriesEthel Mertz
The Bob Hope Show1956TV SeriesHerself
The Ed Sullivan Show1954TV SeriesHerself
Stars in the Eye1952TV SpecialHerself

Archive Footage

Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration2015TV Movie documentaryEthel Mertz / I Love Lucy
Inside Edition2014TV Series documentaryHerself - I Love Lucy
The O'Reilly Factor2014TV SeriesEthel Mertz
Here's Lucy Spotlight: Lucie Arnaz2012Video documentary shortClips from 'Here's Lucy'
My Favourite Joke2011TV SeriesVivian Bagley
Working with Lucy: A Conversation with James E. Brodhead2010Video documentary shortClip from 'Lucy Calls the President'
TV's All-Time Funniest: A Paley Center for Media Special2008TV SpecialHerself
Pioneers of Television2008TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself / Ethel Mertz
TV's Greatest Sidekicks2004TV Special
The Desilu Story2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
I Love Lucy's 50th Anniversary Special2001TV Movie documentaryCo-star of 'I Love Lucy'
American Masters2000TV Series documentaryHerself
Television: The First Fifty Years1999Video documentaryEthel Mertz
Pioneers of Primetime1995TV Movie documentaryHerself / Ethel Mertz
50 Years of Funny Females1995TV Movie documentaryHerself
Babalu Music! I Love Lucy's Greatest Hits1991VideoEthel Mertz
Texaco Presents: A Quarter Century of Bob Hope on Television1975TV SpecialHerself
The Dick Cavett Show1974TV SeriesEthel Mertz

Won Awards

2007OFTA TV Hall of FameOnline Film & Television AssociationActors and Actresses
1991Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 14 February 1991 (posthumously). At 7030 Hollywood Blvd.
1954Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Series Supporting ActressI Love Lucy (1951)

Nominated Awards

2004TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsFavorite Cantankerous CoupleI Love Lucy (1951)
2003TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsFavorite Second BananaI Love Lucy (1951)
1958Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Continuing Supporting Performance by an Actress in a Dramatic or Comedy SeriesI Love Lucy (1951)
1957Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Supporting Performance by an ActressI Love Lucy (1951)
1955Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Supporting Actress in a Regular SeriesI Love Lucy (1951)

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