Recently, Lucille Ball’s daughter Lucie Arnaz decided to spend some quality time with famous “Happy Days” star Linda Purl.
For reference, Arnaz and Purl were also sisters-in-law for a period of time as well. Linda Purl married Desi Arnaz Jr. in 1979 and then the two divorced only a year later. Despite their short relationship, Lucie Arnaz still continues to be close to Purl.
She posted a photo catching up with the “Happy Days” star on Instagram.
She wrote, “Catching up over lunch at Jake’s in Palm Springs with my forever sister-in-law, the always youthful and insanely talented, Linda Purl, and her mega handsome ludicrously gifted new beau, Mr. Patrick Duffy. What a great match!! Thank you for sharing part of your Thanksgiving weekend with me, Kids. More soon, please!!!!!”
Also pictured is Linda Purl’s boyfriend, Patrick Duffy. He is also an actor most known for his work on “Dallas.” He was previously married to Carlyn Rosser for over four decades, but she passed away from cancer in 2017.
He then reconnected with Purl, seeing as they were casual friends in the past. “I never thought for a minute this would happen again. I never thought I’d feel this way again,” Duffy said during an interview with People.
As for Purl, her one-year marriage ended with Desi Jr. partially due to his issues with drug abuse and addiction. It would actually lead Arnaz to check himself into Scripps Memorial Hospital in 1982 in order to start his recovery process.
Lucie Arnaz and ‘Being the Ricardos’
In addition to hanging out with “Happy Days” and “Dallas” stars, Lucie Arnaz has also been helping with Aaron Sorkin’s “Being The Ricardos” movie. The biopic movie peers into the life of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz and is set to come out on December 10.
Lucie Arnaz has served as a point of reference, seeing as she knew the two better than anyone else.
According to an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Sorkin revealed that he actually had lunch with Ball’s two children before he started shooting the movie. “We all had lunch together, and she [Lucie] said to me, ‘I know my mother wasn’t an easy woman. Take the gloves off.’ In other words, you can go for it,” Sorkin said Lucie Arnaz told him during that meeting.
She’s also been incredibly blown away by what she has seen of the film so far. She has been particularly defensive over Nicole Kidman and her role as Lucille Ball in the movie. “She became my mother’s soul. She crawled into her head. She cared very deeply about this part, and it shows,” Arnaz wrote on Instagram.
She also defended Kidman’s casting when it was first announced and it got backlash from fans. Fans and critics were not so sure about the casting choice and some even said Debra Messing should have gotten the role.