‘I Love Lucy’: Lucie Arnaz Named Other Role Models Besides Her Parents Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball

by Joe Rutland

Lucie Arnaz did have some role models as her parents are “I Love Lucy” stars Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball. But were there any others?

Arnaz talks about them and, yes, her parents in this 2016 interview with the Cape Cod [Mass.] Times.

“I have dozens,” she says. “Mother Teresa for her compassion. Katharine Hepburn for her strength of character. My husband [actor Laurence Luckinbill] for his unconditional love and loyalty. Barack Obama for his intellect.

“My father, Desi Arnaz, for his tenacity, humor, and inventiveness,” Arnaz says. “My mother for her divinely inspired ability to heal through laughter.”

When it comes to “I Love Lucy” and talking about Arnaz and Ball, they created some kind of magic on the television screen. Lucie Arnaz, who also has a brother in Desi Arnaz Jr., had the opportunity to work with her mom on the sitcom “Here’s Lucy” between 1968-74.

‘I Love Lucy’ Takes Desi Arnaz’s Inventiveness To Another Level

“I Love Lucy” remains a cornerstone show in the history of television. Its six-season run on CBS doesn’t even begin to start talking about the show. When Lucie talks about her father’s inventiveness, she really isn’t kidding.

Desi Arnaz, born in Cuba and came to America as a bandleader [much like his Ricky Ricardo character], learned the in’s and out’s of the entertainment industry. He was one of the early proponents of the three-camera technique in a television studio.

What does that mean? Three cameras were set across a set and each one ran at the same time. After a show was filmed, Arnaz could go into the editing room and have three different angles of shots to select from when putting together “I Love Lucy.”

Meanwhile, Arnaz started delving into the realm of syndication way before it became popular. He and Ball would work on getting episodes of their show out to television stations. They could show older episodes while newer ones would appear on CBS.

Desilu Productions would own the syndication rights to the show while Ball and Arnaz agreed to take a cut in their salaries. Later on, the couple would sell the rights to the first 180 episodes of “I Love Lucy” back to CBS for $5 million.

Lucille Ball Continues To Provide Viewers With Many Laughs

Now a word about the legendary Ball. Lucie is right about her mother’s ability to help people laugh in their lives. For more than six decades, Lucille Ball has been on television screens all over the world. You might see her in “I Love Lucy” or in one of her other sitcoms, “The Lucy Show” and “Here’s Lucy.”

But she also would become one of Hollywood’s most powerful women. She would become the first female to run her own studio, which she eventually would sell off for quite a nice payday. Ball overcame a rough start to her career in films and Broadway, then found herself becoming the Queen of Television Comedy (in a sense) in the 1950s.

“I Love Lucy” paved the way for her to become a great star. It also remains a show filled with laughs that can brighten up a person’s day or night.