Suzanne LaRusch as Lucille Ball
Suzanne made her acting debut at the ripe old age of 18 months in a Kodak commercial. As a child actress she was featured in numerous television commercials and shows; Dennis the Menace,
The Loretta Young Show and Window on Main Street with Robert Young. Suzanne graduated top of her class in dance and drama from Glendale High School in Glendale, CA.
After high school, Suzanne immediate began touring in dinner theater. Barefoot in the Park, Sweet Charity, Guys and Dolls and Born Yesterday just to name a few.
Two years as dance captain for the Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders launched several television acting appearances. Including: The Mighty Carson Art Players with Johnny Carson, Nightcourt, Designing Women, Dear John and Inconvenient Woman opposite Joe Bologna and most recently The View with Barbara Walters.
Suzanne started in the world of impressions and LUCY in 1991 under special assignment to Universal Studios. She quickly came to the attention of Lucie and Desi Arnaz Jr., who authorized LaRusch to portray their mother's work in other venues. Desilu, too, Inc. and CBS Worldwide TV, Inc. (whom own the I LOVE LUCY property) have since recognized Suzanne as THE OFFICIAL LUCY PERFORMER.
Over the years, she has entertained for former President George Bush, was a surprise guest for Roseanne at the 1997 Women in Film LUCY AWARDS, appeared on such national television programs as The Better Half with Dick Clark, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, hosted 5 appearances on HSN (Home Shopping Network) selling out of every I LOVE LUCY product offered.
In 2007, Suzanne appeared for ABC on their number one rated hit reality show THE NEXT BEST THING.A national competition and Search for the Greatest Celebrity Impersonator. Suzanne wrote and performed all original material for the show. The Result? America voted her fourth runner up and Number One Female Celebrity impressionist in the country!
2009-2011 Suzanne toured in a woman show, AN EVENING WITH LUCILLE BALL which she co-authored with Lucille Ball’s daughter Lucie Arnaz who also directed the piece. The show was first mounted at Desi Arnaz Jr. Theatre in Nevada with Desi on spotlight!
Currently Suzanne tours in her one woman show; WHAT WOULD LUCY DO. A culmination of all the LUCY Shows has performed during her long career emulating the famed comedian.
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