Lucie Arnaz on what her famous mom was like when the cameras weren’t rolling.

By Meghan Overdeep
August 7, 2019
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Yesterday August 6, on what would have been Lucille Ball's 108th birthday, five colorized episodes of I Love Lucy played in select theaters nationwide.

To celebrate the event, Ball and Desi Arnaz’s daughter Lucie Arnaz spoke with Good Morning America about being a toddler on the set of the beloved show, and how, decades later, I Love Lucy still means to much to so many.

“’Watching that show got us through some really tough times’—I can't tell you how many times someone has said that to me or my brother," Arnaz, 68, told GMA. "I think my mother and my father and Vivian and Bill would be completely honored that 68 years after the show started, people are still loving it the way that they are."

Though Ball was known for her larger-than-life persona, Arnaz said that her favorite memories of her mom are simple ones at home. “She was just being mom, making sandwiches,” she said. “Those were the magic times for me."

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Arnaz also recalled the motherly advice Ball gave her that she still follows today.

"She was very focused on, 'Take care of yourself first. Put your oxygen mask on before anybody else.' And I think about that a lot. And [she gave] very practical advice like, 'Never leave your luggage.' That pops into my mind a lot," she said.

"And as far as the stuff that she didn't actually say that you sort of pick up by osmosis I think it's just to be incredibly professional and do your job," Arnaz added. "Don't come in whining. Know your lines. Be a team player. Don't blame other people for what you didn't do right."

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