‘I Love Lucy’: Little Ricky Actor Keith Thibodeaux Described Last Meeting with Lucille Ball as ‘Sad’

by Keeli Parkey

Keith Thibodeaux is well known for his role on “I Love Lucy.” He played Little Ricky, the son of Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, on the iconic television comedy. Playing that legendary sitcom couple was Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, who were married in real life.

Decades after the show ended its run during the 1950s, Thibodeaux paid a visit to his television mother. An article on CheatSheet.com, shared the details of that visit. It was the early 1980s and Thibodeaux was able to see her “on one of her birthdays.” As it turns out, this was the final visit he shared with her.

“I was playing with a band and I was in Los Angeles at the time,” he said, according to the article. “It was her birthday, Lucy’s birthday, and my sister who lives in California, wanted to see Lucy.”

Thibodeaux’s sister thought it would be appropriate for them to pay Ball a visit unannounced. He, however, disagreed. But, along with his wife, his sister managed to get him to change his mind. And, they decided to take his daughter, who was 3 years old at the time, along.

‘I Love Lucy’ Star Was Alone On Her Birthday

Upon their arrival at Ball’s residence, the visitors had to battle a group of fans who were gathered outside. Then, Thibodeaux had to leave a message with a housekeeper to tell the iconic comedian that he had come to visit her.

Having given up hope of seeing her, the visitors head to the car. Fortunately, none other than Lucille Ball herself called for them to stop, according to the article.

“Here comes Lucy, just running out of the house, waving her hands and she’s just like, ‘Come on back!’ All these fans are going crazy by this time ’cause here comes Lucy out of the house,” Thibodeaux said.

“This is typical Lucy. She’s standing at the end of her hall, it’s about 50 feet down,” he also said. “She’s not greeting me at the door, she’s way down by the staircase, she’s got her hands wide open. Like, ‘Come to me!’ There was this big hug. Lucy when she hugged you she just squeezed the life out of you. We spent a good hour there.”

Thibodeaux was reportedly upset to see that Lucille Ball had no one there to celebrate with her on her birthday.

“It was kind of sad because it was her birthday and there was nobody there on her birthday,” Thibodeaux said. “She was by herself. I really thought it was a good thing that we were there.”

Ball shared some words of encouragement with her television son during the visit, he also said.

“It was just cool,” Thibodeaux also said. “She said, ‘I hear good things about you, I’m proud of you.’”

According to IMDb.com, “I Love Lucy” ran from 1951-1957. It won four Emmy Awards. For details about how to watch it and other classic television shows click here.