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I was “cautious” around “Playboy” Desi Arnaz

Barbara Eden will never forget her time with I Love Lucy stars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.

The I Dream of Jeannie actress, whose third acting job was an appearance on an episode of her iconic 1957 family sitcom, looked back on her friendship with the couple — and why she had to stay away from Arnaz at certain times.

Eden revealed she had “a little trouble” with her second job because she was working with a “diva” who she claimed she didn’t like. That made her wary of guest starring as “Lucy.”

“I was really worried,” Eden, 90, revealed during a Christmas con panel, according to People on Saturday.

When the author of the “Jeannie Out of the Bottle” memoir realized she would be working with Ball, she thought it best “to be very careful [and] stay outside [of her way]’ because she feared she would end up on Ball’s bad side.

“And I knew Desi was a playboy, so I knew I had to be careful there,” Eden added.

However, Eden’s experiences with Ball turned out to be nothing but joyful.

“She was wonderful! It was absolutely a wonderful, beautiful person to work with,” said Eden. “She was beautiful!”

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Eden gained worldwide recognition with her sitcom I Dream of Jeannie from 1965 to 1970.
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‘Being the Ricardos’ star Alia Shawkat – who played ‘I Love Lucy’ writer Madelyn Pugh in the 2021 Aaron Sorkin drama – admitted she wasn’t surprised to learn Arnaz Ball was unfaithful during their marriage .

“She married a Cuban,” the 33-year-old Arrested Development actress told Page Six at the film’s premiere last December.

“I suppose there was dalliance,” she said, clarifying that she doesn’t believe all Cuban men are scammers. “Back then, I think most husbands cheated on their wives.”

The couple were married from 1940 to 1960 and had two children together – Lucie Arnaz, now 71, and Desi Arnaz Jr., 69.

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz on the set of I Love Lucy
Desi Arnaz hugs his wife Lucille Ball on the set of their 1950s TV series ‘I Love Lucy’.
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Ball became the first woman to run a major television studio, Desilu Productions, in 1962. Lucie admitted earlier this year that her mother “hated” running the studio and wasn’t a feminist, as some might have believed.

Lucie was recently approached by documentary film producers planning to make a series about her famous parents. She initially denied any involvement; However, she wanted to listen to them – but then told them their approach was wrong.

“I took the opportunity to straighten her out about a few things,” Lucie told The Post in March. “Your whole focus should be on Lucille Ball and how she changed the female perspective, ran a studio and became a feminist.

“I said, ‘I’ll stop you right there. Because first of all, if that’s your focus, it’s wrong, and you won’t be able to support that,'” she recalled. “She never saw herself as a feminist. [The studio] was dumped on her. She hated every minute of it. All she wanted to do was show.’”

https://nypost.com/2022/08/08/barbara-eden-i-was-careful-around-playboy-desi-arnaz/ I was “cautious” around “Playboy” Desi Arnaz

Emma Bowman

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