Hilarious and Shocking Facts about ‘I Love Lucy” You’ve Never Heard of Before
15. The Networks Were Reluctant to Cast Arnaz
During the summer of 1950, CBS executives were still not convinced that Desi Arnaz would be the right actor to portray Lucy’s on-screen husband. They believed no one would accept that her character would marry a foreign man, something that would be balked at today due to our push for diversity in Hollywood. In order to prove that Desi was the perfect man for the part, Lucille performed with her husband while he was on tour in a vaudevillian act. It went over so well that the network signed off on Desi and the rest is history!