A Real Trailblazer
Perhaps one of the reasons Lucille continued to love Desi after their divorce was because he had helped her build her legacy. After selling his share of the production company to her, Lucille became the first female head of a major film studio in Hollywood history. She later sold Desilu for $17 million (which is $130 million today).
Although I Love Lucy ended 60 years ago, it’s difficult to find someone who hasn’t heard of the show. That alone proves the lasting impact the show made on the world. But the show was responsible for much more. As we said before, it marked the first time a pregnant woman was on camera, and Desi became one of the first Hispanic immigrants in a leading role.