Saturday, January 1, 2005
Joanne is mentioned on page 117 of The New Book of Lists, published in 2005, under the category of “9 Valuable Artworks Found Unexpectedly.”
4. Under A Bed
Joanne Perez, the widow of vaudeville performer Pepito the Spanish Clown, discovered the only existing copy of the pilot for the TV series I Love Lucy when she cleaned out the area underneath her bed. Pepito had coached Lucille Ball and had guest-starred in the pilot. Ball and her husband, Desi Arnaz, had given the copy to Pepito as a gift in 1951, and it had remained under the bed for almost 40 years.
The New Book of Lists: The Original Compendium of Curious Information, By David Wallechinsky, Amy Wallace, Published by Canongate U.S., 2005, ISBN 1841957194, 9781841957197.