Lucille Ball's Pregnant Granddaughter Gives a Touching Tribute to Her Legendary Gran

Kate Luckinbill-Conner, the granddaughter of Lucille Ball, paid homage to her late grandmother while announcing the launch of “The Lucy Legacy” on her Facebook post, which included a video of the event.

During the gala event which commemorated the 30th death anniversary of Lucille Ball on April 24, her granddaughter, Kate Luckinbill-Conner, announced the relaunch of “The Lucy Legacy,” which was later posted on her Facebook account.

Luckinbill-Conner touchingly talked about her late grandmother, describing her as someone who “always did her homework, studied her lines, and showed up ready to do the work,” is an inspiration to many other people in the industry.

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Dear Lucy Family! We're back and with a brand new look! Today, in honor of National Skilled Trades Day - we are relaunching with our new logo, created by one of our own Lucy Fan Family! As skilled an art tradesman as they come - Henry LaMarr is an incredible talent. Born in Hollywood, CA, Henry cannot remember life without a pencil and a piece of paper in his hand. Growing up, he graduated from pencils to charcoal, and then to watercolor, acrylics, and oils. Formally trained at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Henry began to be interested in mid-20th-century art and illustration, particularly that from the 40s and 50s. Henry's connection to "I Love Lucy" began when he was young. One episode he remembers vividly is the one in which Lucy Ricardo is climbing into a window with paint on her face (Episode 36, "The Anniversary Present"). A perfect episode for any artist! Inspired by the art of Al Hirschfeld, Norman Rockwell, and Rick Carl, Henry began to draw images of Lucy & Desi. He attended Lucy conventions and was introduced to the Lucy message boards where he met fellow fans and shared his art. He met author Michael Stern (@imthelucyfan) who took him to see the "Palm Springs Loves Lucy & Desi" exhibit at the Palm Springs Historical Society, where Michael introduced him to daughter Lucie Arnaz (@LucieArnazOfficial). He soon met Lucie's daughter, Kate Luckinbill Conner (@makersgirl), who hired Henry to create the amazing new logo artwork for @thelucylegacy. When asked how he feels about this honor, Henry exclaimed, "Speechless, I have no words. I am so pleased and proud to be a part of something so great, that is attached to such a warm and loving legacy." You can see more of Henry's art at @hnrylmr and www.hnrylmr.com. #nationalskilledtradesday #fanfamily #ilovelucy #wereback #lucilleball #desiarnaz #henrylamarr #logo #art #artist #innovation #beauty #may

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“That is the legacy she left women: show up, do the work, be the best, don’t take no for an answer. That way, no one can ignore you,” she said.

“The Lucy Legacy” aims “to bring Lucy, Desi and the whole crew into the present,” and to highlight Ball’s contributions and characteristics, which have greatly influenced television.

The project urges fans to follow “The Lucy Legacy’s” social media accounts to know more about Ball and participate in an active discussion and different activities. 

“We want fans to share their stories of love and positivity… We just want a reminder that you -- we -- can be better. Join us on Facebook and Instagram, and keep an eye out for products that we feel are more representative than just a conveyor belt of chocolates and a funny face. Experiences that represent the impact of generations on not just one, but three, generations of Americans,” Luckinbill-Conner said.

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Today on National Cheese Lover's Day - you may think we would talk about the kind of cheese you eat (or maybe a little Evelyn Bigsby baby cheese flash back!), but here at Lucy HQ, the kind of cheese we love the MOST is the kind that happens when a camera clicks. Today we honor and promote the idea of being silly, loony, wacky, and cheesy. They say to dance like no one is watching, we say to laugh like no one is listening - out loud and with your gut. Enjoy yourself today, stick your tongue out, do something crazy that makes someone else laugh. Don't worry about who is watching, because you never know who might cheese right back at you! #cheeselove #saycheese #ilovecheese #silly #wacky #loony #cheesy #lucilleball #comedienne #beyourself #ilovelucy #legends #comedy #lucyricardo #laughteristhebestmedicine #dancelikenooneswatching #beyourself #loveyourself #passiton #laughterisgoodforthesoul

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Ball’s daughter and Luckinbill-Conner mother, Lucie Arnaz, also said a couple of words that were shown through a video as she could not attend the event. She shared her gratefulness for having her parents’ dream of having live audiences and “three-camera filmed television series” come to life.

Ball passed away 30 years ago. Among her television appearances are her self-produced sitcoms, “I love Lucy,” “The Lucy Show,” “Here’s Lucy,” and “Life with Lucy.”

At the young age of 12, the iconic actress already auditioned for her first role, which she was cast as part of a local stage production.

In 1950, she founded Desilu Productions with her husband, Desi Arnaz, which made her the first female to run a major Hollywood studio, producing “I Love Lucy,” “Star Trek,” “Mission Impossible,” and “The Untouchables.” 

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