Khandi Alexander (born September 4, 1957) is an American dancer and film and television actress.
Born in New York City and educated at Queensborough Community College, she appeared on Broadway and choreographed Whitney Houston's international tours from 1989 to 1992. Since then, she has concentrated on film and TV, played the character Catherine Duke on NewsRadio, a NBC situation comedy which ran from March 21, 1995 - July 13, 1999 for 97 episodes , and as the character Jackie Robbins on NBC's Emmy Award drama ER, based upon life in a Chicago hospital's emergency department. ER previewed in September 1994 and continues to air Thursday evenings.
She currently portrays the character Alexx Woods, a coroner on the CBS serial drama CSI: Miami which first aired September 2002.
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Since then, she has concentrated on film and TV, played the character Catherine Duke on NewsRadio, a NBC situation comedy which ran from March 21, 1995 - July 13, 1999 for 97 episodes , and as the character Jackie Robbins on NBC's Emmy Award drama ER, based upon life in a Chicago hospital's emergency department. The Singing Jailbreak Ricky, Lucy, Fred, and Ethel- as well as Cousin Ernie have a songfest to cover the sounds they are making, cutting the bars on Lucy's jail cell.. Born in New York City and educated at Queensborough Community College, she appeared on Broadway and choreographed Whitney Houston's international tours from 1989 to 1992. Cousin Ernie and the citizens of Bent Fork and its environs are encountered several times during the course of the show's life. Khandi Alexander (born September 4, 1957) is an American dancer and film and television actress. 'Cousin Ernie' (immaculately played by "Tennessee" Ernie Ford) is a stereotypical Country Boy in The Big City, in awe of the sophistication (as he perceives it) of his new hosts. Lucy receives a letter informing her that her "Best Friend's Roommate's Cousin's Middle Boy" - of whom she has never heard - is coming to visit from "Bent Fork, Tennessee".
The Cousin Ernie story arc. Lucy Tries to Meet the Famous Star - another recurring theme, many popular stars were eager to appear on the show, and hilarity ensues in countless episodes as a result of the character, Lucy's obsession with fame and the famous. with the inevitable hilarious result, made only the more funny by the alliterative, tongue twisting product name and pitch. the 'gag' being that, aside from tasting bad and having a name which only a clown would embrace, the product contained alcohol, and in numerous repeated rehearsals prior to the live spot, Lucy gradually and inexorably becomes half-crocked..
Ricardo as a slick television 'huckster' pitching a foul-tasting and alcoholic concoction (amusingly, Lucille the actress quite enjoyed the taste).. Vita-meata-vege-min - "Do you Poop Out at Parties?", "It's so tasty too!" Mrs. complete with 'seltzer bottles' (a familiar clown prop) and slapstick. The Stranger with a Kind Face (aka 'Slowly I turned' or 'Niagara Falls!') in which a veteran clown introduces Lucy Ricardo to some basics of the clown art, and is schooled in this classic (and at that time quite familiar) vaudevillian routine ..
The Mirror Gag - now a classic improvisational acting exercise (with Harpo Marx), in which Lucy, dressed as Harpo Marx encounters the real Harpo unexpectedly in a doorway, and mistakenly thinks she is looking into a mirror. Lucy in the Candy Factory - ("Speeeeeeed it Up a little!!") Lucy and Ethel attempt to get jobs -- for which they are demonstrably unprepared -- the classic candy-gobbling scene in this epidode is an American cultural icon. Perhaps the best example of this gag is when Lucy shows up unannounced at Ricky's club, toting a clown-modified cello and pretending to be a musician, asking to speak with "Risky Riskerdoo" (Ricky Ricardo) this classic includes Lucy winding the cello's tuning peg as if it were a watch (to the accomaniment of ratcheting sounds) and shooting the cello's bow at Ricky's backside. Lucy tries to Get into the Act - a recurring and almost omnipresent theme on the show, was that "talentless" plain old Lucy the Housewife dearly desired a chance to perform, as anything: a dancer, showgirl, clown, singing cowboy - or in any role. The real joke here is that Lucille Ball, aside from being regarded as beautiful, was also quite talented in a variety of performance arts, as well as being a ground-breaking television director.
In the course of the television series, Lucy shared the screen with numerous famous clowns, prominent among these were Red Skelton and Harpo Marx. She is regarded as one of the best, ever, in the history of film and television at physical 'schtick'. The setup of the show provided ample opportunities for Ball to display her skills at clowning and physical comedy. "Lucy! You got some 's-plainin' to do!" became a famous cry of Ricky Ricardo.
Considered by professional clowns to be one of their own, Lucile Ball's 'clown character' was, of course, "Lucy Ricardo", (nee "Lucille McGillicuddy" - an instantly recognizable'clown 'monikker') "Lucy Ricardo" was a friendly, ambitious and somewhat naïve housewife who was constantly getting into trouble of one kind or another. and Lucie Arnaz to the Lake View Cemetery, in Jamestown, New York. Lucille Ball died on April 26, 1989 and was interred in the Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles, California, but was later moved by her children, Desi Arnaz, Jr. Following "I Love Lucy", Ball appeared in "The Lucy Show" which was later renamed "Here's Lucy." In 1986 she appeared in "Life With Lucy", which sadly was a critical and popular flop.
Among other non-standard techniques used in filming the show, cans of paint (in shades ranging from white to medium gray) were kept on set - to 'paint out' innappropriate shadows and disguise lighting flaws. In filming I Love Lucy, Desi Arnaz pioneered the '3-camera setup', now a standard in television. From a production aspect, the use of actual film during production, instead of making just an inferior-quality kinescope as most other TV shows did at the time, paved the way for rebroadcast through syndication. Along the way, she pioneered the television sitcom, and was among the first stars to film before a live audience.
"I Love Lucy" was not only a star vehicle for Lucille Ball, but a way for her to try to salvage her marriage to Desi Arnaz, which had been badly strained by the fact that each had a hectic performing schedule. This show became I Love Lucy. She agreed, but insisted on working with her real-life husband, Desi Arnaz. The program was successful, and CBS asked her to develop it as a television program.
In 1948, she was cast as a wacky wife in "My Favorite Husband", a radio program. She was known in many Hollywood circles as "the B-Movie queen", sharing the "royalty" honor with Macdonald Carey, who was designated as her "king". She switched to MGM in the 1940s, but never achieved great success in films. She appeared in many small movie roles in the 1930s as a contract player for RKO.
She moved to Hollywood in 1933 to appear in films. She moved to New York City to become an actress and had some success as a fashion model and chorus girl. She was born in Jamestown, New York and after her father died, was raised by her working mother and grandparents. A 'B-grade' movie star of the 1940s, she became one of the best and most popular stars in television history.
Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 - April 26, 1989) was an American actress, comedian and star of I Love Lucy.