10 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘I Love Lucy’
8. Shooting An Episode
I Love Lucy was the very first series to film using a three-camera format and one of the biggest obstacles was working around the live audience which was necessary because Ball always worked best when she got immediate feedback from her audience. Around 300 live audience members were present at every taping of an episode, and the stars were so good that the episodes were filmed almost entirely from start to finish with rarely any need to retape scenes. Most surprisingly off all, despite the situational humor, Ball revealed that nothing was ever ad-libbed. “We never ad-libbed on the set when we were putting it together. It was all there,” she explained.
7. Desi Arnaz
Desi Arnaz was a big personality, but to his dismay, it didn’t match how big he was in real life. Although Arnaz always said he was 5’11” he was really 5’9″ and wore four inch lifts in his shoes in order to make him appear taller. On set he also used a cushion that couldn’t be seen by the audience, but would make him taller than Lucy when they were sitting and also made it easier for him to stand in his lifted shoes when he got up. Although Arnaz was known as a womanizer and heavy-drinker which often tested his marriage to Ball, he was a very good actor and he reportedly only needed to read a script once in order to learn all his lines.