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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Was Lucy (Lucille Ball) funny in real life?

Lucille Ball didn't think she was funny, she is quoting as saying: "I'm not funny. What I am is brave.". She also said this in a rare interview from Barbara Walters in 1977. 


But in a recent interview with Barbara Walters, Ball's now-adult children, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr. explained that their mother had a dry sense of humor.

"She was witty, with "a Will Rogers kind of sense of humor...great humor, but not like Lucy (on the show)," Desi Arnaz Jr. said.
"My mother was a clown, and she could turn funny, brilliantly funny written things into magic...But she didn't think she was funny," Lucie Arnaz said.




"I hadn't really gotten to watch I Love Lucy. Recently I had caught some of it. Well, I feel that I have a funny looking hairdo, funny looking skirt, and I look like I was forever pregnant, because I was either having one or getting rid of one. But I know that they were well-written and we had a wonderful time doing them and I think it shows. That is the essence of our comedy, and it gave me my education."(Lucy said this on the interview of Barbara Walters) 
Gosh, why would Lucille Ball not know that she was funny off screen too? She certainly had a great sense of humor but she never realized it. 







Lucy was "The queen of comedy", therefore you would think she that she had (a lot) self-confidence. But the opposite is true, Lucy said about herself:
"I'm not beautiful. I'm untalented, I can't sing and I can't dance. I can't do much. I just have an obsession to make people laugh. I don't know why, but I love hearing people laugh."  

Wanda Clark (she was Lucy's personal secretary for more than 25 years (1963- 1989))says:
What was "the real" Lucille Ball like? She was warm and wonderful and generous, Wanda says, to all of us that worked with her, and her family, of course. And she was loyal - that's why we were all so loyal to her. While Lucy's writers were an important element of her career, and she always gave them credit for her success, Lucy herself was a funny lady, Wanda says, refuting what Lucy herself often claimed, that she wasn't a particularly funny person. "She didn't go around doing 'I Love Lucy' shtick, but she had a great sense of humor and she loved to have a good laugh." Wanda's favorite moments spent with Lucy included the parties Lucy threw at her Beverly Hills house, "especially when the kids were still at home. They were a lot of fun, planning them, she'd do themes, like a hoedown, with traditional music and costumes. Those were great parties." 
"I can't put into words what I miss about her - she was a great force in my life that I appreciated, and miss very much," Wanda noted.


Lucy was also very professional and took her work serous. 
"I was terribly intimidated working with Lucille because, well, she was Lucy, but she was marvelously professional... Lucy knew I was pregnant, and when we rehearsed the "keep jiggling Peggy" scene, she would say, "Janet, just cool it. Don't do it too much now. You don't want to miscarry!""  

But on the other hand, Lucy was actually a rather serious person, especially when they in her younger days. 
In contrast her husband Desi, being the level headed Ricky Ricardo in I Love Lucy, was the one with a great sense of humor. In the early years of their marriage while residing in the Chatsworth Ranch in San Fernando Valley, California, Desi dug out a huge swimming pool, built a bathhouse and held lots of parties there. He embraced life; he was the centre of attention and he enjoyed entertaining people while Lucy was always in the background, rather quiet, with adoring eyes on Desi.
Of course, she was unreserved when with Desi. In my opinion, she trusted him enough to be completely herself. She could be childlike, playful, painfully frank, serious, extremely hot tempered and even vulgar. She was totally in love with Desi- she worshiped him.

Desi: "Lucy and I would borrow outfits from movie studios and create our little stage productions at home. Sometimes we threw costumes parties and had a ball. She has a childlike quality that makes I Love Lucy successful."

A long time friend, Bob Hope said after Lucy's reminiscing:  "Lucy was really my best friend. Whenever I needed female advice, she would gladly offer me some. She was great to work with, she had a soft heart, and it helped that she looked beautiful. I loved Lucy."




"The first thing I noticed about Lucy was her warmth. The second was her carriage. I mean, she's like a thoroughbred. When she walks into a room, you know she's there."- Gary (her second husband)
Lucy didn't take any shit from men and some resented her for it. And she was as powerful as a lot of men back then, that couldn't of helped either.


But on the other hand, Lucy could be cold and hard, I think it was an effect of the divorce, she (and also Desi) never recovered from the divorce. She was really hurt and that had frozen her. Even Desi says that.  A other long time friend said the next thing: 
"I'll tell you about Lucy. She was a warm, passionate, loving woman years ago. She was crazy in love with Desi. She's been hurt. Hurt for years and years and it has frozen her. There's a lot of kissing and hugging and calling people darlings but really, underneath, it's cold. The warm part of her is deeply hidden, down where no one can hurt it again. She had no one to turn to and she couldn't handle those strong feelings." 

People can (really) change because of things they have been through, I've seen it myself at some of my friends or/and family. But we mustn't forget: we are human beings, everybody makes mistakes and have personality traits in a negative way (also big stars like Lucy). I think Lucy was  warm, generous, sweet and funny..... of course not the humor like Lucy Ricardo, but funny in her own way. That's also what Jess Oppenheimer said in a interview.  










4 comments:

  1. I loved lucille ball's hats so much. Anyway, their home movies show a great love...

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  2. Lucy was hilarious.Every episide was great. I always wondered what she was like in real life. I heard she surely appreciated other comedians and one of her favorites was John Ritter as well as one of mine. It takes a lot of talent to pull off such moves as Jack Tripper did.
    There is a lot of rumors that Desi wanted most of the attn while they were married and didn't want Lucy in showbiz as much because she was gaining all the attn herself much like in the scripts written for the I love lucy show but I'm not sure just how true that is. I heard it had a lot to do with their divorce amongst Desi cheating with other women during their marriage. I also heard thet Lucy and Ethel were not the best friends in real life as portrayed on the show in fact it was the opposite due to their many disagreements off stage. I actually heard thet Lucy was actually older than Ethel and they did not see eye to eye offset. It really is a shame because they make a great pair onset even when they premeired together on the Lucy show as Lucy and Vivian. I often wondered why Desi Jr. is the only one that appeared on the I love Lucy show and not the other. They could have just as easily fit Lucie Jr into the script even if it were for a short time. I also wondered if the young man and girl who aired on the lucille ball show were both her natural born children in real life. I think they were. I have heard that Lucille Ball was hard nosed,serious, smart and very professional when it came to her acting career because she felt that of she was capable of working as hard as she did then she wouldn't tolerate anyone who worked with her to slack off by any means.I'm not sure how true any of it all is but to me it's a little disappointing to think she could be so act so funny onset but have a dry sense of humor in real life. Knowing that kind of ruins the image I had of her in real life. I wish a reliable source would tell all that she was just as delightful and hilarious off stage as she was on stage. Either way she brought much laughter and happiness into my home watching her shows and that's really all that matters. I happen to know of a a little cafe nearby where I live that the owner happens to be such a huge fan of lucy that the entire cafe is enclosed in nothing but boocoos of pictures and collectables and memororiables of Lucy. I could spend hours in there looking at everything. I'm sure every bit of it is worth a pretty penny. You can google it at Bluebonnet cafe in Haltom city, Tx. They serve pretty good food as well but i would spend more time looking then eating. Even the wallpaper is of Lucy.

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    1. Thanks for your comment. What I wanted to tell with this post is what a great, talented and funny person Lucy was. Like bob hope once said: 'Lucy didn't think funny, she is funny." She wanted people to laugh.
      The rumour that lucy and vivian (Ethel) couldn't get alone or the rumour that they where lesbianlovers it neither true. I can tell you from reliable sources that they were indeed very good friends till vivian death, that broke Lucy''s heart. She would often cry in interview talking about viv. (I also posted a post about their friendship, you might like to read it). Like vivian once said they were like sisters, they respect and adored each other. Vivian was 2 years older then Lucy, vivian had to look other in ILL because Ethel and Fred were an older couple. (Vivian and Bill (Fred) couldn't get a long in real life) . Vivian hated to look older, this was later changed in the Lucy show. About Lucy and desi's children being in the show... little Ricky in ILL WASN'T played by their own child Desi Jr. but was played by Keith. Desi and Lucy didn't wanted their own children on TV, they wanted to give them a 'normal' childhood. In the Lucy show her children are played by Candy Moore and Jimmy Garrett.
      BUT in Here''s Lucy it were indeed her own children, lucie and desi Jr. (As teenagers) :)

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  3. Thanks for your comment. What I wanted to tell with this post is what a great, talented and funny person Lucy was. Like bob hope once said: 'Lucy didn't think funny, she is funny." She wanted people to laugh.
    The rumour that lucy and vivian (Ethel) couldn't get alone or the rumour that they where lesbianlovers it neither true. I can tell you from reliable sources that they were indeed very good friends till vivian death, that broke Lucy''s heart. She would often cry in interview talking about viv. (I also posted a post about their friendship, you might like to read it). Like vivian once said they were like sisters, they respect and adored each other. Vivian was 2 years older then Lucy, vivian had to look other in ILL because Ethel and Fred were an older couple. (Vivian and Bill (Fred) couldn't get a long in real life) . Vivian hated to look older, this was later changed in the Lucy show. About Lucy and desi's children being in the show... little Ricky in ILL WASN'T played by their own child Desi Jr. but was played by Keith. Desi and Lucy didn't wanted their own children on TV, they wanted to give them a 'normal' childhood. In the Lucy show her children are played by Candy Moore and Jimmy Garrett.
    BUT in Here''s Lucy it were indeed her own children, lucie and desi Jr. (As teenagers) :)

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