Lucie Arnaz Remembers Christmas With Ricky & Lucy

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The I Love Lucy show is such a familiar favorite that it runs on many different channels at all times of the year. It originally aired in 1951 through 1959 on CBS and it was one of the most watched shows on television. It can still be viewed today via reruns.

I Love Lucy is an American television comedy sitcom that starred Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley. Their show names were Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel.

I Love Lucy was the most watched show in the US in four of its six seasons, and was the first to end its run at the top of the Nielsen ratings.

A total of 193 episodes aired over over six seasons on CBS. The show is still syndicated in dozens of languages in nations around the world. The show also won 5 Emmy Awards.


When the show went off the air in 1959, because of its success, the producers extended I Love Lucy to 60 minutes, with a big guest star each episode. They renamed the show the The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour. Thirteen hour-long episodes aired from 1957 to 1960.

An amazing accomplishment of this dynamic duo was the creation of Desilu Productions by husband and wife Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball, founded in 1950.

Imagine being a child of such a well known couple in the 50's. Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr. who grew up in Beverly Hills, California, have fond memories of their childhood, especially during Christmas.

Arnaz says her parents, Ball and Desi Arnaz, made the most of the holiday at their Beverly Hills home in the 1950s. Arnaz and her brother, Desi Arnaz Jr., reveled in it.

“It was the only time of the year when there wasn’t stress,” recalled Arnaz, an actress-singer who tours nationally in concert. “There was a lot of stress because of how hard they worked, and their marriage wasn’t doing well. But Christmas was always a good time.”

Arnaz went on to describe their Beverly Hills home, “My mother loved the East Coast so she tried to bring it to Beverly Hills. We always had a flocked white tree with blue lights. At night, it made it look like wintertime in the snow,” Arnaz said.

She fondly recalls watching her parents on the set of I Love Lucy, and hopes the “I Love Lucy Christmas Special” (8 p.m. EST Friday, CBS) will introduce the sitcom to a new generation of viewers.

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