‘I Love Lucy’: Lucie Arnaz Detailed Hard Parts of Growing Up with Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz as Parents

by Madison Miller
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From 1951 to 1957, fans fell more and more in love with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, the adorable and loving married couple on the classic sitcom “I Love Lucy,” each week. That love has continued on over five decades later through re-runs.

In fact, fans of the show will get a deeper look at the relationship between the real-life and fictional couple on “Being the Ricardos.” The movie stars Nicole Kidman as Lucy and Javier Bardem as Desi. Both Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr., the couple’s two children, are executive producers of the film.

Growing Up With ‘I Love Lucy’ Parents

If there’s anyone that knows what being around the couple off the screen was like, it’s their two children.

In an interview with Lucie Arnaz conducted by Arlene Herson, Arnaz opens up about growing up with two of the most beloved figures in Hollywood at the time. On one side, both Lucie’s father and mother were incredibly busy people. Lucille Ball even ran her own production company called Desilu Productions.

“What is it like to be the daughter of famous people is what it is like to be the daughter or son of two busy people, two working parents that are not home a lot. So that is the downside. These are people that the entire world owned part of them too … We were alone without them. We were with great people that loved us … housekeepers and my grandmother Didi, but it was tough, looking back on it, it was very, very tough to make the connection that you want to make with your mom and your dad, when you have to make those connections with other people,” Lucie Arnaz said of her “I Love Lucy” parents during the interview.

Time Away and Together

However, there was another side to not getting to see her parents as much. That is, millions and millions of people adored and continue to adore her parents. She has worked to keep a lasting legacy for both her mother and father. Also, having famous and rich parents always has some kind of materialistic perk.

“It takes the rest of your life to figure that relation out and it makes it a little more difficult when you have your own children to know how to parent them properly and that is the truth of it. The perks are everyone loves your folks and you get to go around on the Matterhorn twice and skip the lines sometimes, but sometimes all of that isn’t as fun as having a dad in the garage,” Lucie Arnaz said.

The “I Love Lucy” parents used their time away to be near the kids. However, there was still a lot of time spent with caretakers.

“I think, probably, from the age of birth up through seven, they weren’t home a lot. I would say probably very late at night and weekends and then we were fortunate to have some hiatus times, weekends off, and summers off … She was a working mom. 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 in not being home with the kids,” Lucie Arnaz said in an interview with Television Academy in 2011.

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