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In this Wednesday, July 20, 2016 photo, artist Carolyn Palmer prepares to apply a cold patina to her bronze statue of Lucille Ball in Saddle River, N.J. The sculptor was chosen to create a replacement statue for one dubbed "Scary Lucy," in the late actress Ball's hometown. The much-maligned statue of Ball will be replaced after it drew worldwide attention as "Scary Lucy," according to the mayor of the western New York village where the 1950s sitcom actress and comedian grew up and her life-size bronze has stood since 2009. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

New statue replaces 'Scary Lucy' in Lucille Ball's hometown



Lucille Ball's hometown of Celoron, New York, has finally replaced a statue that became known as "Scary Lucy," with a more flattering one to properly honor the late red-haired comedienne. 

The previous statue depicted Ball holding a bottle of the fictional nutrition elixir Vitameatavegamin from the 1952 "I Love Lucy" episode "Lucy Does a TV Commercial," according to CNN. 

Although the "scary" statue became a tourist attraction, residents wanted a statue that looked more like the late actress and less like the snake from "Beetlejuice." 

Celoron Mayor Scott Schrecengost and sculptor Carolyn Palmer unveiled the new statue Saturday on what would have been the  actress' 105th birthday. 

The statue depicts Ball in a polka-dotted dress, holding a purse and wearing heels. 

"She is 100 percent bronze. She is 750 pounds and the pedestal is maybe another 750 pounds, so she's not going anywhere!" Palmer told CNN. "I pretty much put my all in her and I am very happy."

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