Lucie Arnaz is living her best life in Palm Springs, where she recently celebrated her husband’s birthday at a brunch with their “besties.”
Arnaz, who is the daughter of I Love Lucy stars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, posted a photo and a video to Instagram of the birthday celebrations, along with a ringing endorsement of life in Palm Springs.
“Birthday Brunch at Spencer’s in Palm Springs with our besties, Barbara and Bernie Fromm for Larry’s 87th!” Arnaz wrote. “What a perfect afternoon. I love it here!!!!!!!!!”
Arnaz also posted a video of her husband, the actor and writer Laurence Luckinbill, being serenaded as he blew out the candle in a dish of ice cream. The couple have been married since 1980 and have three children together.
For Being the Ricardos, Lucie Arnaz Reportedly Told Aaron Sorkin to ‘Take the Gloves Off’
Meanwhile, in the upcoming biopic Being the Ricardos, writer-director Aaron Sorkin tackles the story behind the scenes of I Love Lucy. But he’s faced a lot of criticism, both from fans outraged by Nicole Kidman’s casting as Ball and from Arnaz herself about scenes she wanted taken out.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Sorkin claimed that Arnaz had told him he could produce a hard-hitting product about her parents. Their tempestuous marriage was the stuff of Hollywood legend, and both halves of the couple had their issues.
“That’s probably better asked to Lucie Arnaz, who I should point out was very helpful in getting me to a yes,” Sorkin said of why there hasn’t been a biopic about the couple before now. “We all had lunch together, and she said to me, ‘I know my mother wasn’t an easy woman. Take the gloves off.’ In other words, you can go for it. And without that…”
Without that, in other words, Sorkin probably wouldn’t have pursued the project.
Feature Film Takes Some Artistic Liberties
But pursue it he did, and Arnaz was not always totally thrilled about the result. In August, Arnaz talked to Palm Springs Life about her reaction to a two-day visit to the set of Being the Ricardos. She suspects her parents are up there watching over it all, she said, and she can tell from what happened the day they shot one of the problematic scenes.
“When things don’t happen right, I know they’re a part of that too,” Arnaz said. “I mean, there are certain scenes that I wished hadn’t been in the feature film. I couldn’t get my way and have them taken out, but they weren’t accurate. And I thought, ‘That shouldn’t be in there, because that never happened. That’s not true.’ And it’s not just theatrical license, it just wasn’t true. And the day they shot the scene, the sprinklers went off on the set and destroyed the whole set.”
Nonetheless, in a subsequent Instagram post, Arnaz called the finished product “frickin’ amazing.”
“He captured the essence of that time in their lives so well. He captured the heart of my mother, my father, their relationship,” she said. As for I Love Lucy fans, they’ll just have to wait to see for themselves when the film opens this December.