September 20, 2006

Lucy Carmichael had four TV children

Although most famous as the partner of then-husband Desi Arnaz in the 1950s classic TV series "I Love Lucy," Lucille Ball returned the next decade to star in "The Lucille Ball Show." It debuted in 1962 with Ball as Lucy Carmichael, a widow with two children living in Danfield, Connecticut, and sharing her house with her best friend, Vivian Bagley, played by Vivian Vance (Ethel on "I Love Lucy"). After one month, the title was switched to "The Lucy Show."

The foil was her boss, a banker named Theodore J. Mooney, played by Gale Gordon. In 1962, Candy Moore and Jimmy Garrett played Lucille Ball's TV children Chris and Jerry on the series "The Lucy Show."

The series got a huge makeover for the fall of 1968 as Lucy moved to Los Angeles and now was a widow with kids named Kim and Craig. They were portrayed by Lucille Ball's real-life children, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr. By this time, Lucy's best friend was Mary Jane Lewis, played by Mary Jane Croft. Gordon was now her brother-in-law Uncle Harry Carter, whom she worked for. This version was titled "Here's Lucy" and continued until 1974.

Seen here in 1965, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr., Lucille Ball's real-life children, played her TV kiddos in the 1968 TV series "Here's Lucy."

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