Matilda Trumbull
Mrs. Trumbull and Ethel
Mrs. Trumbull (right, played by Elizabeth Patterson) in scene with Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance, on left) on "I Love Lucy".
Vital information
Gender: Female
Personal and Family information
Spouse(s): Not seen or mentioned on series
Related to: Nephew (repairman)
Sister (new building manager after the Mertzes and Ricardos move to Connecticut)
Character information
Elderly upstairs neighbor of the Ricardos, who sometimes babysits Little Ricky, Jr.
Appeared on: I Love Lucy
Episodes appeared in: 10 in Seasons 5 and 6
Character played by: Elizabeth Patterson
I Love Lucy Wiki Script

Mrs. Matilda Trumbull is an upstairs neighbor of Lucy and Ricky Ricardo on I Love Lucy who appears in 10 episodes of the show. She is played by veteran character actress Elizabeth Patterson.

About Mrs. TrumbullEdit

A fellow resident at 623 East 68th Street apartment owned by The Mertzes, Mrs. Trumbull appears to live one floor above the Ricardos' original apartment, which would put her on the fifth floor. Mrs. Trumbull's relationship with the Ricardos starts off rocky, when she couldn't stand newborn Little Ricky's crying. But when she was forced to soothe the baby when he was mistakenly neglected, she bonded with him and became his 'round-the-clock babysitter. And she always babysits for free!

She has a nephew named Joe who is a repairman. She also owns a pet cat. This unnamed cat is the reason Lucy was able to pay off her $473 grocery bill. If Mrs. Trumbull hadn't needed a can of All-Pet for the cat, Ricky wouldn't have made big bucks investing in stock in Canadian Allied Petroleum! Mrs. She is equally happy to take care of things for the Mertzes, too. While the Mertzes were in Hollywood and Europe, Mrs. Trumbull managed the building for them. Her sister ends up moving in to the building and managing the building after the Mertzes move to Connecticut. Mrs. Trumbull, who is also a Rudolph Valentino fan, appeared to have some one-time dreams of getting into show business, since she tried to dress like a Spanish singer when Ben Benjamin was supposed to come over and audition Ricky.

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