Lucy: Lost and Found

03/02/1999 at 12:00 AM EST

A book that documents the creation of "I Love Lucy," the most popular sitcom of all time, also offers a rare script that the show's stars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz refused to perform. "Desi wasn't comfortable with it," author Gregg Oppenheimer, who co-wrote "Laughs, Luck . . . and Lucy" (Syracuse University Press) with his late father, "Lucy" producer Jess Oppenheimer, tells The PEOPLE Daily. "Desi thought it might portray a negative aspect of the Latino personality." The episode dealt with the Ricardos undergoing an IRS audit -- and Lucy's faulty bookkeeping. Oppenheimer's book also contains a CD offering outtakes from the show, as well as early Lucy influences from her radio show "My Favorite Husband."

  • For more on Lucy, and to read a passage from "Laughs, Luck . . . and Lucy" on AOL, use the keyword "Lucy."

Your Reaction

Follow Us

On Newsstands Now

Bindi Irwin: Remembering My Dad
  • Bindi Irwin: Remembering My Dad
  • Adam Levine's Wedding Details!
  • James Garner: 1928-2014

Pick up your copy on newsstands

Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine


From Our Partners

Watch It

Editors' Picks

From Our Partners