LAKEWOOD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — It’s a role “Scary Lucy” was born to play: Frightening people at Halloween.
A bronze statue of Lucille Ball that drew worldwide scorn earlier this year for its unflattering depiction of the “I Love Lucy” star will be placed in a mall near her western New York town as part of the shopping center’s annual haunted house event.
The life-size statue was unveiled in 2009 in a park in the village of Celoron, on Chautauqua Lake. In April, a statue replacement campaign launched on Facebook gained renewed interest in the wake of local media stories on the statue, which was dubbed “Scary Lucy” for its grimace-like facial features.
A Massachusetts businessman has donated $20,000 to replace the now-infamous statue, which will be on display at the Chautauqua Mall in neighboring Lakewood during weekends through Halloween.
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