‘I Love Lucy’: Lucie Arnaz Discussed What Her Childhood Was Like with ‘Working Mom’ Lucille Ball in 2011 Interview

by Quentin Blount

Lucie Arnaz said that the earliest memory she has of her mother, I Love Lucy star, Lucille Ball, is that she was a “working mom.”

We all know Lucie Arnaz as the daughter of I Love Lucy actress, Lucille Ball. And in a 2011 interview with the Television Academy Foundation, Arnaz describes the relationship she had with her mother as a young child.

“My earliest memory of my mother was that she worked,” Arnaz admits.

She said that she was born six weeks before the show graced television airwaves in the United States.

“I was born six weeks before a big show called I Love Lucy went on the air,” she explains. “And she was starring in that along with my father of all people. He was also producing it, so they were very busy. I think from probably the age of birth until the age of seven, they weren’t home a lot. And when they were it was late at night and on weekends.”

Arnaz said that they were very business-like when they were home. A stark contrast from the crazy and outrageous personality that Lucille portrayed on the show. However, she says that her mom may have felt a little guilt from being away from her family so much.

“My mom was a working mom,” she recalled. “And when she was home she was very business-like about running her house. I think because she was a working mom in the ’50s, there was probably a lot of guilt involved about not being home with the kids.”

“She fashioned herself as a homemaker of sorts,” Lucie Arnaz stated. “She really enjoyed when she could get in the kitchen and make chicken and dumplings but there wasn’t a whole lot of time for that.”

Was Lucie Arnaz in an Episode of ‘I Love Lucy?’

For years, Lucie Arnaz believed that she was in an episode of the iconic ’50s show, I Love Lucy. And with her parents starring in the show, it is easy to believe how she came to that belief. However, that was not the case.

Years later, Arnaz found out that she was not actually in an episode of the show. She had believed that she was for years and even told people as much. She and her brother thought they were among a group of children in the episode “The Ricardos Dedicate a Statue.”

“I was never in I Love Lucy,” she told the Television Acadamy Foundation. “There is some misinformation that got into a book somewhere that continued to get into the Wikipedia’s of the world. But even I believed that my brother and I were the children standing in the scene in the last I Love Lucy show where she is the statue. … Well, they edited out that when they put it on television for years because they were to make the show’s shorter you know, and so finally, TV Land has the shows on in their entirety a few years ago.”

“And I couldn’t wait to see this show so I could see that and there’s the scene. And there’s Desi and there’s some other little girl who was definitely not me. So, all these years they thought that was me because I was standing next to Desi I guess, but I was never on the ‘I Love Lucy’ show except in my mother’s uterus when she was pregnant with me during the pilot.”

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