Lucille Ball’s Daughter Reflects on Making Documentary About Her ‘I Love Lucy’ Star Parents

by Allison Hambrick

Lucie Arnaz, daughter of icons Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball, opened up about making a documentary about being raised by the “I Love Lucy” stars. Born in 1951, Lucie is the oldest child of Arnaz and Ball. She has one younger brother, Desi Arnaz Jr., whose birth was the subject of intense media attention.

While her family was always in the press, Lucie felt that the world never knew her parents as she did. As a result, she produced and directed the award-winning documentary Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie. The 1994 film consisted of interviews, unseen home videos, and more. Recently, she decided to rewatch her work.

“Have not watched Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie, the documentary I made on my parents in quite a few years, but it’s streaming on Amazon Prime now along with Being The Ricardos,” Arnaz wrote on Instagram. “My husband and I put it on tonight thinking we would watch for a few minutes just for fun and could not turn it off. It’s really riveting. It really is. I am so proud. It’s a couple decades since I have watched it all the way through and, damn, we are proud of this work.

Lucie went on to thank the editorial department for the film for helping her turn the documentary “into the moving biography it turned out to be.” She then addressed the fans, saying: “I hope you all get a chance to see it, because this is the real and entire story. Patting myself on the back.”

“And I don’t often do that,” Lucie concluded.

Daughter of I Love Lucy Stars Praises Being the Ricardos

Back in December, Lucie took to Instagram to share her thoughts on Aaron Sorkin’s Being the Ricardos. The film stars Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem as Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, respectively. I Love Lucy fans would be pleased to hear she largely approved of the film.

“I have waited and waited to print something to fully address Being the Ricardos,” Arnaz captioned her post. “This morning I read a review from Michael Thomas Mooney that says exactly how I feel, so I respectfully reprint it here. This is the truth about this film, if you come to it without prejudices. Thank you, Michael T.” 

Lucie chose to share the words of another film critic who she felt put it best:

“To those who asked me what I thought of Being the Ricardos, please excuse the delay: I liked it. I liked it a lot. It is a complicated film for fans because Sorkin takes liberties with facts, dates, language, and some characters – the stuff superfans love… Nicole Kidman is perfectly cast (yes, perfectly) because she is an ACTOR. She delves into Ball’s complex psyche, while still presenting a semblance of the vocal and physical woman we saw on television. This is the craft of acting at its peak. Ditto Bardem as Desi.”

Given the personal connection Lucie has to the story, her endorsement is high praise for both the film and the reviewer.