‘I Love Lucy’: How a Dream Convinced Lucille Ball to Take the Iconic Role

by Emily Morgan

Fans remember legendary actress Lucille Ball for her loveable personality and her innovative work in entertainment. However, her legacy could have looked much different had it not been for a dream. 

If it wasn’t for one compelling vision, things might have forever changed Hollywood and its entertainment industry. 

Following Ball’s success, many comedians and actors cite Ball as an inspiration for their careers and inspiration. The debut of “I Love Lucy” would soon set the standard for incoming entertainers for decades. 

In 1951, Ball was already 40 years old when the show premiered — making her much older than most actresses at the time. However, audiences quickly fell in love with Lucille Ball’s zany character and the marriage of husband and wife Ricky and Lucy Ricardo. 

Besides her age, the show’s success also lied in portraying an interracial marriage, something other sitcoms stayed away from displaying.

While it might’ve been controversial for the time, fans loved it, and the show became a classic comedy standard for decades. 

“I Love Lucy” has long been described as the pivotal moment of Ball’s career. However, she almost didn’t take the legendary part. 

The Vision That Changed It All For Lucille Ball

According to ScreenRant, Ball wasn’t sure that making the transition from film to television would be a smart move for her career, and she was reluctant to make the switch. 

One night, Ball found herself tossing and turning over the decision when a deceased acting colleague named Carole Lombard appeared to her in a dream. The vision ultimately gave Ball the nudge to take on the role that would define her career and life. 

Today fans remember Ball as a comedic trailblazer who set the stage for all those who came after her. 

In the 1930s, Ball moved to Hollywood from her home state of New York. She dyed her hair blonde and started getting parts in several dramatic films, even though her calling was comedy. 

During filming, Ball met her on-screen and off-screen husband, Desi Arnaz. Even though Arnaz had a reputation as a ladies’ man, they married in 1940.

Even though their love and passion for one another was undeniable, it couldn’t sustain their marriage. Arnaz’s cheating was often a point of contention for the couple. 

Their daughter recalled that her father didn’t see cheating as a problem. She remembered him saying, “There’s the home with the wife and the house with the mistress. Each is highly respected by the other.”

Ball could never get over the infidelity and the couple divorced in 1960.