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People Weekly - Special Collector's Edition - June/July 1999

     This magazine featured Lucille Ball as an influence larger than life. To the left are the front and back covers. Lucille can be spotted on the back cover in the bottom right corner.
Also to the left is the actual article and a photo, with a quote:
     "I don't think any public figure - politician or movie star - has ever affected the public like this." - Carol Burnett
     And a tagline for the article:
"Ditzy on-air, canny off, her legacy of laughter will rerun forever."
     The photos featured are Lucy and Desi (
"a stormy couple"), 'The Ballet' (with Mary Wickes) and a photo from her "sultrier days on the silver screen" (in 1940). (page 44-45)

Life Magazine - April 1999

This article includes a timeline of popular shows in television from the early days up until the 90s. I Love Lucy is obviously featured in the 50s category.
"...Most popular of all is I Love Lucy, a huge hit in 1951 and the dominant show of the decade. Lucille Ball, a loud but sweet postwar woman, has a tonic effect on her countrymen: She makes them funnier than they'd seen before..."
To the left is [top] the cover of the magazine and [bottom] a photo of the actual article page.

TV Guide Section  -  35 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
By Christopher Loudon

   In June 1957, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz did the unthinkable by pulling the plug on television's highest-rated program. After six seasons of I Love Lucy, the husband and wife announced they'd grown weary of the weekly grind. As a aconcession, however, to the millions of fans who clamored for more, they agreed to develop a series of 60-minute specials, billed as The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour.
   A total of 13 shows aired between 1957 and 1960, and all were true to the original series. Lucy and Ricky Ricardo still lived in Connecticut, Ricky remained a successful bandleader, and best friends Fred and Ethel Mertz (William Frawley and Vivian Vance) continued to reside in the Ricardos' guet house. Lucy was up to her usual high jinks, often involving disastrous encounters with guest stars like Red Skelton and Tallulah Bankhead.
   When production began on the thriteenth episode in early 1960, marital discord between Lucy and Desi had reached a crisis point. The entire cast and crew, including guests Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams, were painfully aware of the incredible tension. As Adams recalled to Kovacs biographer Diana Rico, "Every time they wanted to film a funny scene, Lucy would break down and cry. Nobody could stand to watch it." By the time the final episode aired on April 1, 1960, Lucy had filed for divorce. Years later, Lucy confessed that when she and Desi embraced in the closing scene, her clearly visible tears were very real.

F A S T  F A C T S
  William Frawley was the first of the famous foursome to land in another series, playing grandpa "Bub" on My Three Sons from 1960 to 1964.
2  Danny Thomas appeared in a 1958 Comedy Hour as his sitcom character, Danny Williams. Lucy and Desi returned the favor by guesting as the Ricardos in an episode of Make Room For Daddy.
3  Lucille Ball is the name Lucy was born with, but Desi Arnaz actually came into the world as Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III.

Newsweek - America Goes Hollywood (The Stars & Artists - In Their Own Words)
June 28 1999

This issue of Newsweek Magazine featured behind the scenes stories. The article relating to Lucy in this one was entitled LUCY'S OTHER SON. In this article, Keith Thibodeaux retells his life story as a child with Lucy and Desi and on I Love Lucy.
"...When things started getting out of order was when Desi and Lucy started having marital problems. I was very aware of that, because I was at their home a lot."
"...But what I remember most is how generous Lucy and Desi were with me. They did treat me like a son."

'After edging out hundreds of other aspirants, Keith Thibodeaux played the role of Little Ricky on I Love Lucy from 1956-1960 - with no credit.