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Make Room for DaddyThe Journey from Waiting Room to Birthing Room$
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Judith Walzer Leavitt

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832554

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807887837_leavitt

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Introduction

Introduction

Men Matter

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(p.1) Introduction
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Make Room for Daddy
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Judith Walzer Leavitt

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807887837_leavitt.4

This book begins by presenting a prime-time first: On December 8, 1952, American television audiences watching I Love Lucy saw a pregnant actress playing the part of a pregnant woman. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, her real-life and television husband, along with the show's producer, had decided to address directly a subject that had previously been taboo. Although women had been getting pregnant and having babies for millennia, television shows in the early 1950s routinely acknowledged that fact by producing a baby without the nine-month preliminaries. Arnaz, already the father of little Lucie, wanted it to be different this time. “I wanted to talk about my child. I didn't want to put Lucille in a closet for nine months. Having a baby is a perfectly natural happening.”

Keywords:   prime-time first, American television, I Love Lucy, pregnant woman, Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz

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