Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz with their newborn daughter Lucie Arnaz. and their mothers DeDe, and Dolores.
Lucy, Desi and Desi Jr. visiting the Dallas Forth-Worth area in February 1956.
She said, ‘I want you to have an ‘A-R’ in your name.’ I said, ‘A-R?’ She said, ‘Yes, that’s my good luck.’ I said, ‘You haven’t done badly with Lucille Ball.’ ‘I didn’t hit it big until I changed it to Arnaz.’
Desi Arnaz, however, preffered to view the programme [Here’s Lucy first episode] from a highly personal perspective: “I think the wonderful surprise to everyone is my daughter. […] I knew she was loaded with talent. She has a great sense of rhythm and a wonderful sense of humour - which is obviously inherited. She’s got a lot of her mother in her”.
Desi phoned Lucille after the premiere broadcast. “Honey, regardless of whether they’re our children or not, they were just great. I just wanted you to know how proud I am of the kids - and of you”. Lucille interrupted him and emotionally said: “Stop that, you troublemaker - are you trying to get me to ruin my dress with tears?”
After the premiere of the first episodes of “Here’s Lucy”, which was also the big debiut of Lucie and Desi Jr., proud father Desi placed a full-page ad in both Variety and The Hollywood Repoter:Lucie and Desi: I am so proud. Love, Dad. PS. - That red-headed gal playing your mother is the greatest.
Desi Arnaz being perfect with his children, Lucie and Desi, Jr.