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Lucie Désirée Arnaz (born July 17, 1951) is an American actress, singer, dancer and producer. She is the daughter of actors Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, and is the sister of actor Desi Arnaz, Jr.. She shares a birthday with her uncle, Fred Ball.

Personal life

Born and raised in Los Angelesmarker, Arnaz attended the Immaculate Heart High Schoolmarker. She has been twice married, to Phil Vandervort (July 17, 1971 – 1977) and Laurence Luckinbill (June 22, 1980 – present).

She and actor-writer Luckinbill have three children together — Simon, Joseph and Katharine — while Luckinbill has two from his previous marriage, Nicholas and Benjamin.

Career

Having had several walk-on parts in her parents' television series, The Lucy Show, Arnaz made her first acting appearance in a continuing role in the series Here's Lucy from 1968 to 1974. She played Kim, the daughter of the eponymous Lucy—who was played by Arnaz's real-life mother, Lucille Ball.

Arnaz branched out into television roles independent of her family from the mid-1970s. In 1975, she played infamous murder victim Elizabeth Short in a production of Who is the Black Dahlia?, while in 1978, she appeared in an episode of Fantasy Island as a woman desperately trying to save her marriage. She has continued to make appearances in a number of popular television series over the years, including Murder, She Wrote, Marcus Welby M.D., Sons and Daughters, and Law & Order. Arnaz also briefly had a series of her own, The Lucie Arnaz Show, in 1985.

She has also had a lengthy career in musical theatre. In the summer of 1978, she played the title role in "Annie Get Your Gun" at the popular Jones Beach Theatremarker on Long island, NY. This was the first production at Jones Beach Theatremarker after the death of longtime producer Guy Lombardo. She made her Broadway debut in 1979 in the musical They're Playing Our Song. Arnaz won the Theatre World Award and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her portray of Sonia Walsk in the show. In 1986, she won the Sarah Siddons Award for her tour with Tommy Tune in the international company of the musical My One and Only. She has numerous other theater and musical credits both in the United Statesmarker and abroad, including roles in Seesaw, Annie Get Your Gun, Whose Life is it, Anyway?, The Guardsman, The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True, Sonia Flew, The Witches of Eastwick, Vanities, Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Terence McNally's Master Class.

Arnaz has also made some feature film appearances, the most prominent of which was 1980's The Jazz Singer, in which she co-starred with singer Neil Diamond and renowned actor Laurence Olivier. She earned a Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe nomination for her work in the film.

She won an Emmy Award in 1993 for her documentary Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie.

Other

From about 2002 to 2007, she was the President of the Board of Directors of the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center in Jamestown, New Yorkmarker. She resigned over a dispute with the Executive Director over the future direction of the Center; for further information, see the SaveLucyDesiCenter.org website.

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