‘I Love Lucy’: ‘Little Ricky’ Actor Says Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s Home Had an ‘Atmosphere’ of ‘Instability’


Keith Thibodeaux (formerly Richard Keith) played Little Ricky on it I Love Lucy. Even though Thibodeaux’s parents on screen, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were married in real life, famously, there was a lot of trouble in paradise. Thibodeaux revealed in an interview that the I Love Lucy the home of the stars was unstable and sometimes uncomfortable.

When Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were married, Thibodeaux (who played Little Ricky on ‘I Love Lucy’) played at their home with Arnaz’s children

I Love stars Lucy Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz
Lucille Ball gets a kiss on the cheek from her husband, Desi Arnaz, on the set of their TV series, I Love Lucy | CBS Photo Archive / Getty Images

In an interview with the Television Academy Foundation, Thibodeaux described the I Love Lucy star as “enigmatic.”

Ball, he said, said that there were many things: “very enthusiastic, complex, very cheerful, and very tight, and without shame.” However, Thibodeaux says Ball treated him and the other children well.

“It could be very soft – it had a soft side,” he said.

When Arnaz and Ball were still together, Thibodeaux had to be friends with the Arnaz children, and would often go to their house to spend time with family.

He says Ball was very motherly when he was at their house: scratching his back, and giving him Ovaltine and warm milk to help him sleep.

However, the Arnaz-Ball home was neither sunny nor rainbow.

Keith Thibodeaux recalls the feeling of a home that was not ‘comfortable’

“… There was always this little feeling around Arnaz’s home… you wouldn’t feel very comfortable,” Thibodeaux explained. There was no “comfortable, relaxed feeling.”

“We had fun, you know, as kids,” said the I Love Lucy alum admitted. “We learned to enjoy ourselves, but there was always a lot of this instability all around. Where did these weird shocks come from?

“Because of the marriage, for sure,” he said. He recalled “fights” between “Lucy and Desi.”

However, Thibodeaux discovered that the couple’s Beverly Hills home was known as “an interesting place. ”It was completely different from his lifestyle; even in LA, Thibodeaux lived in the Valley, an environment that is unique rather than the most famous in Hollywood.

“I had to be kind to a different man over there,” he admitted. Thibodeaux agreed with the interviewer that he often felt “like I was acting. ”However, he is grateful for the experiences he had with Ball, Arnaz, and their children.

“I enjoyed my time at home,” he said.

Richard Keith on I Love Lucy
Richard Keith (born: Keith Thibodeaux), played by Little Ricky Ricardo I Love Lucy | CBS through Getty Images

After ‘I Love Lucy’, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz didn’t even talk to each other

Edie Adams, who worked with Ball and Arnaz on it Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, also talks about the tension between the two main actors in it Television Academy Foundation interview. Apparently, Arnaz and Ball would not talk to each other directly.

“I walked in and heard, ‘Will you tell Ms Ball to stand 2 feet on the left? ‘”Adams said, a glance at Arnaz’s voice.

A Member would then insert: “Will you tell Mr Arnaz that I cannot stand 2 feet on the left.” I Love Lucy stars were completely fed together.

“They weren’t talking to each other,” Adams confirmed. “That’s so bad.”