I Love Desi
Lucille Ball was originally a radio performer, costarring in the CBS sitcom “My Favorite Husband” with actor Richard Denning. When the network proposed a television pilot, Lucy refused—unless her actual husband, Cuban pop band leader Desi Arnaz, was cast as her TV spouse, allowing the couple to spend more time together. CBS executives were reluctant at first, because they weren’t sure that 1950s viewers would relate to Arnaz’s thick Spanish accent. But “I Love Lucy,” with its real-life lovers, became one of the most beloved shows in television history.