‘I Love Lucy’: Lucille Ball Used to Play Scrabble with Marie Osmond, Taught Singer Valuable Lessons

by Keeli Parkey
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There is a very long list of people – both famous and not famous – who have been influenced by “I Love Lucy” and its star Lucille Ball. One of those people was singer and television personality Marie Osmond.

According to CloserWeekly.com, Osmond worked with Lucille Ball when the legendary performer appeared on an episode of the variety show Osmond shared with her brother, Donny.

That show was titled “Donny & Marie.” The “I Love Lucy” star appeared on the second episode of the variety show’s third season. This episode aired on Sept. 30, 1977.

In fact, Marie Osmond had many kind comments to make about Lucy. And, she said the red-headed star taught her some valuable lessons.

“She was beautiful and funny — and I love funny. She was not afraid to put herself out there,” Osmond said. “I learned at a very young age you should be able (to) just laugh. Laugh at yourself, don’t take things so seriously.”

Young Marie reportedly learned some of these lessons over games of Scrabble at Lucille Ball’s home.

“She truly was a brilliant woman,” Osmond also said. “She had her own studio and just was so smart. I’d go over to her house and she’d play Scrabble, and (I have) just really just great memories.”

‘I Love Lucy’ Star Wasn’t Only Celebrity Who Inspired Marie Osmond

“I Love Lucy” star Lucille Ball wasn’t the only influential famous person Marie Osmond grew to admire. According to Closer Weekly, Osmond also had the chance to work with the likes of – hold onto your hats – John Wayne, Ethel Merman, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, and Dean Martin.

She even got to work with all three of the original Charlie’s Angels. They, of course, are Jaclyn Smith, Kate Jackson, and Farrah Fawcett.

Having worked with so many legendary performers is something that she has a difficult time accepting. According to the article, Marie Osmond described that fact of her life as “mind-boggling.”

It shouldn’t be surprising that a woman who has lived so many years of her life in the spotlight would draw strength and inspiration from women who shared similar experiences. So, it was the female celebrities she worked with and got to know who meant the most to Marie Osmond.

“And the ladies, I loved working with the ladies ’cause I watched ’em all get ready, OK?” Osmond reportedly said. “I know all their secrets — but I will never write the book.”

Osmond also talked about how the challenges women in the entertainment industry face.

“It’s so funny how you’re hard on yourself,” she said. “You learn a lot about self-worth and self-esteem. Doesn’t matter if your show is popular. I was standing by these beautiful women, and I just learned a lot watching them.”

Meaning no disrespect to the other great women she worked with over the years, Marie Osmond said that Lucille Ball was the person who stood out the most to her. And, honestly, who could blame her for that? The “I Love Lucy” star changed television forever after all.

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