Carole Cook Wore Lucille Ball’s Dress in ‘American Gigolo’

by Michael Freeman
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American Gigolo is remembered for a lot of reasons when it debuted in 1980. Starring Carole Cook and Richard Gere, it sported touchy subject matter and a unique plot. In a recent interview, Cook revealed fun facts about the film, including her wearing Lucille Ball’s dress.

Sitting down with Fox News to discuss the movie being more than 40 years old, Carole Cook opened up about interesting movie tidbits. Near the end, the news outlet asked if there were any fun facts viewers would like to know. Cook casually replied she wore a dress Lucille Ball gave her. “I actually wore a dress in it that my dear friend Lucille Ball gave me. It was actually one of her favorite dresses to wear.”

The iconic I Love Lucy star recognized Cook wearing the dress, too. “Lucille Ball called me and said, ‘Well honey, I saw that you wore my dress!’ I sure did. I still remember it vividly. It was brown with a brown mink collar. I brought several dresses to the set and Paul chose that one. You may not be stunned by it when you see it, but I thought it was an elegant dress to wear, one that was given to me by a dear friend.”

Funnily enough, Cook still has the dress, she reported. “And somewhere in my closet, I still have that dress. It’s funny, I have red hair still and I always joke, “Lucille Ball left me all of her old hair dye and I’m almost running out because she didn’t know I was going to live this long!”

Lucille Ball’s Daughter Lucie Arnaz Recounts Accidentally Finding Her Mom’s Memoirs

Lucille Ball led an amazing life, leaving behind an acting legacy and two children. However, unknown to them, their mother also left memoirs, which Lucie Arnaz accidentally found.

Speaking to Palm Springs Life, Lucie recalled making her own audiobook based on Lucille’s life. In a chance happening while sifting through files with Lucille’s lawyer, they stumbled upon her memoirs. “We were looking through files with Mom’s lawyer, and there was this manila envelope with ‘Lucy’ scrawled on the front, postmarked 1964 with a return address for Betty Hannah Hoffman,” Lucie said.

“Inside was Mom’s manuscript,” she continued. “We asked friends and relatives, anyone, who knew Mom during that time if they remembered anything about it. We agreed it sounded like her, but we had no context.” After tracking Betty down, she confirmed they were her mother’s, and Lucy answered Betty’s questions on tape. According to Betty, Lucy packed it away and left it alone, saying “It’s going to hurt too many people,” referring to Desi Arnaz.

Lucie Arnaz eventually used the information from the memoirs but made some slight edits to not tarnish her father’s name.