My father had very strict rules about what he would let my mother do and what he wouldn’t let her do. He used to tell me, ‘When your mother and I were married, I never let her go on a talk show.’ Because she was so completely different from what the public thought Lucy Ricardo was like that he didn’t want to shock them. He was always very protective of her. - Lucie Arnaz
“Increasingly frustrated by her own childlessness, Lucille doted on the offspring of others. By this time, Barbara Bell, daughter of Harriet’s [the maid] friend Dot, had children of her own. Lucille met them in San Francisco, and as Barbara recalled, “She wanted to hurry up and have kids so bad. When she met my son she loved him so much she kept stuffing money in his pockets. He was five or six and she thought it a great game.” Her desire for motherhood was such that even DeDe suggested they adopt a child if they wanted one so badly, but Lucille would sob, “I want Desi’s baby.”
- Lucille: The Life of Lucille Ball by Kathleen Brady
I’m so happy she finally had two beautiful children. And I’m sure she made a wonderful mother. <3
Lucy & Desi with their newborn daughter, Lucie, in 1951.
I’m sometimes scared of everything that has happened to us. We didn’t think Desilu Productions would grow so big. We merely wanted to be together and have two children. - Lucille Ball
Little Lucie Arnaz visits her parents on the set of I Love Lucy ca. late 1952.
”I think they were happiest when they were working together on I love Lucy or dealing with business at Desilu”. - Lucie Arnaz,1990
Desi Arnaz being perfect with his children, Lucie and Desi, Jr.