The 1 Major Difference Between What Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz Wanted Out of Life
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz had a famously-tense relationship as husband-and-wife co-stars on the sitcom I Love Lucy. While much of the tension can be chalked up to marital issues, Ball and Arnaz also had very different goals for what they wanted out of Hollywood — and their lives.
‘I Love Lucy’ stars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz had different dreams in life
In an American Studies journal Transatlantica, a 2010 article titled “Lucille Ball, the Queen of Show Business versus Lucy Ricardo, the Failed Actress,” outlined the differences between I Love Lucy’s stars Arnaz and Ball.
“Both one of the most famous actresses of the television sitcom and a businesswoman, Lucille Ball was considered one of the most powerful women in Hollywood,” the publication reported. But apparently, Ball’s dreams were all centered around entertainment — not business. She “wanted neither to become one of the wealthiest women in the United States nor to rule a television company.” Ball, who had dreams of being on Broadway from a very young age, just wanted to act on stage and/or TV.
“The only thing she wanted to do was to perform,” the Transatlantica piece argued. Still, Arnaz and Ball would go on to become major players in the entertainment industry.
But all of those decisions — to create Desilu Studios, for example — came from Aranz. It was he “who wanted to see the company through.”
“Lucille was more preoccupied with her career as a performer. She was not interested in business at all, and she preferred to ...
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