Lucie Arnaz, Daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, is a Rising Star in Palm Springs
Lucie Arnaz, daughter of actors Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, is a rising star in Palm Springs. She and her husband, writer-actor Lawrence Luckinbill, have moved to the desert community from New York City. The couple is quickly establishing their presence and are finding opportunities to perform in various events and philanthropic endeavors.
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, the stars of I Love Lucy, were longtime visitors to Palm Springs. They were also frequent guests of the Racquet Club and eventually became part of the town’s community. In 1954, the couple commissioned architect Paul R. Williams to design a Palm Springs home for them. The house was the first to be completed in Thunderbird Country Club, which was still a new development at that time.
During the construction, Williams drew inspiration from the surrounding desert landscape. He used a variety of materials including natural stone, concrete block and board-and-batten cladding to achieve the clean, modern lines of his designs.
In his approach to Desert Modernism, Williams stayed close to his clients’ wants and desires while maintaining his own design integrity. In the end, the Ball-Arnaz residence was a beautiful combination of timeless architecture and desert modernism.
The Lucy House
The Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz House is a historic Palm Springs home that was a vacation rental for decades. The home is located in the Racquet Club neighborhood near the 17th fairway of Thunderbird Country Club, which was designed by noted architect Paul R. Williams, whose work with Ball and Arnaz made him one of the most well-known architects in Los Angeles.
Though the house has been extensively remodeled, it remains a landmark and is open as a vacation rental. It is a favorite destination for celebrities, families and those seeking an enchanting desert retreat away from the stress of modern life.
Her daughter, actress Lucy Arnaz, grew up watching her mother on TV. She started acting at age 12 and began a recurring role on The Lucy Show, starring her mother. She was then a series regular on Here’s Lucy, a show that also starred her mother.
She went on to have a successful television career, appearing in projects like Who Killed the Black Dahlia; Fantasy Island; Murder, She Wrote; Law & Order and Sons & Daughters. She also starred in her own series, The Lucie Arnaz Show, which aired for one season on CBS in 1985.
Lucy’s career in film and theater was also a success. She made several films and starred on Broadway in productions such as They’re Playing Our Song, the Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True, Witches of Eastwick, Pippin, and Mack and Mabel.
During her career, she has toured internationally and has been a regular guest artist at Feinstein’s at the Regency and @54 Below, Birdland Jazz Club and the Cafe Carlyle in New York. Her CDs include Just in Time (Concord Jazz), Latin Roots (LML Music) and Lucie: LIVE!
She has a new show, I Got The Job!, which is touring. In it, she sings songs from her Broadway shows and covers standards like “Nice Work if You Can Get It.” Her club act is a must-see for fans of musical comedy and the art of live performing. It’s a performance that will make you laugh, think, and leave you with something more than just a ticket.