Growing up with a mother like Lucille Ball and a father like Desi Arnaz is anything but normal. But Lucie Arnaz describes her childhood in Beverly Hills surrounded by celebrities as “a simple time. ”In an interview with the Television Academy Foundation in 2016, Arnaz reflects on her early life in Beverly Hills.
What was life like for Lucie Arnaz growing up in Beverly Hills with Desi Jr., Lucille Ball, and Desi Arnaz
Arnaz and her family lived in Beverly Hills on the so-called “simple street. “The actress feels that much has changed since her mother and father owned the house.
“Desi and I grew up on Roxbury Drive here in Beverly Hills,” she told the Television Academy Foundation. “1000 North Roxbury’s Way. And it was such a simple little street back in those days. You know, my mother lived in that house without a fence or a wall or anything. And people would come up to the door and, you know, knock on the little door thing and ask, ‘Is Lucy home? ‘And now, I pass that, the people who bought the house have a big wall and a big gate, from us of course. I don’t know, it’s so different now. “
For a simple street, the neighborhood was very full of stars.
“It was a simple time with hardworking people in the community,” said Arnaz. “Hal March lived down the street, Jimmy Stewart lived next door. Jack Benny lived on the other side of Rosie Clooney and Ira Gershwin. ”
“But there were also ordinary people who didn’t show business life around,” Ball’s daughter said.
Lucie Arnaz used to go through her mother’s trash to find items for sale in front of their house
Young Arnaz wanted a little entrepreneur. Like many children, she sold lemonade in front of her childhood home. But she also sold more personal items.
“We used to sell lemonade and small trinkets in front of the house,” she said. “I used to clean my room or my mother’s room, on a good day, going through her trash can, you know, selling lipstick pieces of Kleenex. I was now the first E-Bay entrepreneur to think about it. ”
Lucie Arnaz reflects on a few high-profile parties thrown at Lucille Ball’s mum at home
Arnaz says big parties didn’t happen often at her house. But when they did, she would try to listen at the top of the stairs when she was a little girl.
“We would have a party now and then,” she said. “A couple of really amazing parties that I carve down and sit at the top of the stairs and listen to. Like Jan Murray and Don Rickles and Milton Berle, Bob Hope. Getting one of those afternoons because of Gary [Ball’s second husband] he was a stand-up comic and knew these funny people. But that wasn’t often. ”