“At the core, it’s all about unconditional love,” Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill said of her parents’ relationship. But Lucy and Desi’s story was also that of two people who, together, pushed boundaries, built their own empire, and ultimately changed the face of television.
In part 1 of this special 2-part episode on Lucy and Desi, you’ll hear about the two tragedies that impacted Lucy’s childhood, the story of how Lucy and Desi met, what it took to convince the TV execs to cast Desi as Lucy’s husband in I Love Lucy, and so much more. As an added bonus, featured in this episode are audio clips from Carrie and Jeff Ketterman, the husband and wife comedy team who have created their own Lucy and Desi tribute show.
If you didn’t already love Lucy, you will by the end of this episode!
Show Notes for Episode 31!
Lucy & Desi Kissing – Getty Images, Family Photo – Getty Images (from Country Living Article), Lucy & Desi on set in front of Trailer circa 1950 – Getty Images (from Country Living article), Lucy with second husband Gary Morton – Getty Images, The Kennedy Center Honors Lucille Ball – Kennedy-Center.org, Amy Pohler & Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill – Insider
Photo Gallery courtesy of Carrie & Jeff Ketterman
Audio clips from Carrie and Jeff Ketterman, 2022
Lucy and Desi, the documentary directed by Amy Pohler, 2022
Archive of American Television: Lucie Arnaz on what her parents were like when she was growing up, August 19, 2016
“How Lucy and Desi Changed TV With Desilu Productions,” Biography, December 7, 2021
“Lucille Ball’s daughter says her mother ‘never thought of herself as a feminist’ and ‘hated every minute’ of running her production studio,” Insider, March 4, 2022
“Review: Amy Poehler’s ‘Lucy and Desi’ is an absorbing look at their complex lives,” Los Angeles Times, by Gary Goldstein, March 3, 2022
“Lucille Ball’s 2nd Husband Gary Morton Claimed to Have Never Seen ‘I Love Lucy,’” Showbiz Cheatsheet, by Lou Haviland, November 7, 2021
“A Look Back at Lucy and Desi’s Turbulent Love Story,” Country Living, by Maria Carter, March 1, 2017
Wikipedia: The Long, Long Trailer
“‘Lucy and Desi’ Review: Amy Poehler’s Documentary Captures the Complex Love Story of Being Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz,” Variety, by Owen Gleiberman, January 28, 2022
“How Lucille Ball Said Goodbye to Desi Arnaz Days Before He Died: ‘They Loved Each Other Until the End,’” People, by Liz McNeil and Benjamin Van Hoose, February 23, 2022
“Lucille Ball’s legendary interview show comes to SiriusXM,” Spectrum News1, by David Mendez, August 4, 2021
“The Most Shocking Secret About ‘I Love Lucy’ Stars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s Marriage,” Good Housekeeping, by Katherine Tinsley, December 26, 2021
“Lucy’s Radio Career,” Everything Lucille Ball (site), 2017
“Gary Morton, 74, Producer for Lucille Ball,” The New York Times, by Reuters, April 1, 1999
Carrie & Jeff Ketterman website & upcoming Events
– May 19th Shelbyville Campus in Lousiville for Lucy Week Show at 6:30
-June 11th Tribute Show at Red Skelton Festival in Vincennes, IN
– June 24th Tribute Show in Madison, IN 6 & 8pm