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Lucy and Lucie: 1952

Lucy and Lucie: 1952

1952. "Lucille Ball and daughter Lucie Arnaz nestling together at home." Happy Mother's Day from Shorpy! Color transparency by Charlotte Brooks for the article "The Real Lucy" in Look magazine. View full size.

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For the beautiful Mother's Day tribute!
Your site is such a marvelous respite from our current day stresses.

Seek out the Lucy and Desi home movies

They are are available for sale or elsewhere for free on the web on YouTube. When I saw the show originally on PBS, hosted and narrated by Lucie Arnaz, I was quite emotional. There are scenes in the 1940s and 50s in color as Lucy and Desi hosted parties and BBQs at their 5 acre ranch home out in the San Fernando Valley; just off Devonshire in Chatsworth, I think. The area is all occupied by tract homes now. The collection features Lucy and Desi having what appears to be a great time, wisecracking and messing around with other Hollywood types; alas all in silence.

The red

Lucy was always a true beauty in my mind, funny and sexy at the same time. This picture seems to show her sensitive side. A truly great photographic moment.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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