Lucie Arnaz Recalls Christmas With Lucy, Desi

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Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 12:12 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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Even though the marriage between legendary comedienne Lucille Ball and husband Desi Arnaz was long troubled, both went out of their way to make sure Christmas was special for their children, the couple's daughter Lucie Arnaz told the Associated Press Wednesday.

The couple will a return to primetime television with CBS's special airing of a colorized 1950s "I Love Lucy" holiday special on Friday.

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"It was the only time of the year when there wasn't stress," Lucie Arnaz told the Associated Press. "There was a lot of stress because of how hard they worked, and their marriage wasn't doing well. But Christmas was always a good time."

Lucie Arnaz, 62, is an actress-singer who is currently touring in concert nationally. Before they broke up when she was 7, her parents made Christmas memorable and unique.

"My mother loved the East Coast so she tried to bring it to Beverly Hills," Lucie Arnaz said. "We always had a flocked white tree with blue lights. At night, it made it look like wintertime in the snow."

Lucie Arnaz said she remembered her Cuban-born father and musician bringing in Christmas gifts dressed as Santa Claus.

"He bent over and kissed me and said 'Merry Christmas!' I thought, 'Santa sounds just like daddy,'" Lucie Arnaz told the AP.

Ball remembered that incident in an earlier interview.

"Yes, he did that," Ball told her daughter. "He got all liquored up and banged on the roof and got in his Santa suit with the presents and the whole thing. And then he had to open his mouth."

Newsday reported that digital technologies have greatly improved the colorization process of black and whites.

"The holiday half-hour, made in 1956 during the show's original run, resurfaced in 1989 to make a big TV splash in a previous computer-colored effort," Newsday reported. "With technology having so improved since, it makes sense to recolorize the now high-def-mastered black-and-white original into another tube event — especially since full-episode color of the musical fantasy 'Lucy Goes to Scotland' looked so natural in 2007's complete-series DVD of Lucille Ball's timeless sitcom."

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