‘I Love Lucy’: Lucille Ball’s Mom Can Frequently Be Heard Saying One Phrase

by Joe Rutland

When “I Love Lucy” was being filmed in Los Angeles, Lucille Ball’s mother would be there. She often can be heard saying one phrase.

Now here’s the kicker. You have to be listening closely because Ball’s mom Dede would simply say “Uh Oh!” during a silent moment. It’s one of those iconic little things people hear in sitcoms that were filmed in front of studio audiences.

Ball and then-husband Desi Arnaz would film “I Love Lucy” at CBS’s studios in Los Angeles. Some shows were known to use what’s known as “laugh tracks” when live audiences were not being used.

This was not the case for “I Love Lucy” and led Ball’s mother to have her iconic phrase as part of classic TV lore. Another trivia tidbit about Dede Ball, who died on July 20, 1977. She also attended each taping of Lucy’s other two series on CBS, “The Lucy Show” and “Here’s Lucy.”

Lucille Ball died on April 26, 1989, at 77 years old. Desi Arnaz died on Dec. 2, 1986, at 69 years old.

‘I Love Lucy’ Star Found Strength During Tough Times By Changing Her Thinking

There was a period of time in Lucille Ball’s life where things were tough for her. Ball went through a divorce from Desi Arnaz in 1960. She became the first female to oversee a studio in Desilu Productions. The stress and worries of life began to wear on the “I Love Lucy” star.

What did she do? Ball found comfort in changing her thinking.

Ball, in an interview with Houston, Texas reporter Warner Roberts, talks in great lengths about her interaction with Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. Peale wrote “The Power of Positive Thinking” and was pastor of the Marble Collegiate Church in New York City. Roberts interviews Ball in 1974.

“Well, Dr. Peale taught me a lot,” the “I Love Lucy” star said. “First of all, I must learn to accept the good things gracefully instead of just always look and accepting the bad things. That’s something we all have to learn. It’s much more difficult, too.”

People might find it hard to believe someone like Ball, with all of her success, would have any difficulties. Yet she was human and a person who really had to go through tough times. Ball went out to Los Angeles for movie stardom after Broadway didn’t work out. She didn’t make it in movies there, but boy oh boy did she make it in television.

Fans love Lucy around the world. People are still laughing while watching “I Love Lucy” episodes. They will be for years to come, too