Lucille Ball’s granddaughter describes all the luxurious things she got to do with her ‘nana.’
Certainly, Lucille Ball was one of the world’s most beloved women on television. After the premiere of I Love Lucy, Lucille skyrocketed to fame. But it was the love she shared with her family that was most important in the later years of her life. During an interview, Lucille Ball’s grandaughter, Kate Luckinbill-Conner, described what Lucille was like as a grandmother.
“We used to sit and watch ‘Inspector Gadget’ together,” she said. “And she would give me Oreos and milk and just sit behind me and play backgammon, and just keep me company.”
Kate said she now shares the same routine with her young son. Additionally, Kate said that, with her, Lucille Ball got to be the mother she always wanted to be.
“She was really involved in my life at that time,” said Kate. “I guess she was really happy to have another little girl. She would wrap my little tufts of hair in these curlers and put me in silk pajamas. And I’d have these wonderful, luxurious bubble baths. I would sleep in her giant California king-sized bed. She would be there for all of that. And she loved being a grandma. She finally had time to be the mom that she really, really dreamed of being from the beginning. She wasn’t so busy anymore.”
Lucille Ball Taught People an Important Lesson About Work-Family Balance
During the same interview, Kate shared how many people who want both a family and a career don’t believe that it’s possible to do so. They think they have to sacrifice one for the other. However, Lucille Ball proved to people that they could have both.
“She just kept pushing ahead,” said Kate. “They wanted to have a family. They wanted to remain being a family. So I think that that’s really important for people to remember as part of history. Because it allows us to remember that we can all have families and work if we support each other in that. If we’re together in us all wanting that balance, then we can find it.”
Part of what allowed the I Love Lucy star to achieve her success was her honesty, according to Kate.
“She was honest to a fault,” said Kate. “Some people took that as tough. Some people took it as feminism. But it wasn’t, really. She was a regular American girl who had big dreams and no idea how to accomplish them.”