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.”
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