Lucie Arnaz made her professional debut at the age of twelve as a guest on Lucille Balls TV show, "The Lucy Show" and then became a series regular on the follow—up series, Heres Lucy at the age of fifteen.
Although she grew up around Hollywoods television and film studios and saw her famous parents at work, it wasnt until she was cast in her mothers sitcom that the young Lucie began to hone her craft, observing and learning from the great actors, actresses and comics of the day who appeared each week on the show. Lucie credits Vivian Vance with giving her the push she needed to spread her wings, to discover all her talents and to challenge herself to do more with her special gifts.
Lucie had to try something shed fallen in love with in her own backyard - working in the theatre. In 1974, Lucie headed for the Big Apple: New York City and the Broadway stage. Under the guidance of the late and brilliant director, Michael Bennett, Lucie blossomed as an actress. She brought depth, warmth and humor not to mention a great singing voice — to the musical Seesaw, playing the irrepressible Gittle Mosca.
Lucie starred in Vanities at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles in 1976 and did the title role in Annie Get Your Gun for a summer at the Jones Beach Theatre in New York in 1978, landing the part which took her to Broadway to star as the wacky Sonia Wolsk in the musical, Theyre Playing Our Song by Neil Simon and Marvin Hamlisch.
She has since starred in the American premiere of Educating Rita, the national touring companies of Whose Life is it Anyway? and Social Security. She recreated one of Lynn Fontannes great roles in the revival of The Guardsman. Lucie went on to appear opposite Tommy Tune in the international company of My One and Only, the acclaimed Gershwin musical. Most recently, Lucie returned to Broadway where she received rave reviews for her portrayal of Bella, the emotionally abused aunt, in the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play, Lost in Yonkers by Neil Simon.
Arnazs film credits include co—starring in The Jazz Singer with Neil Diamond and Sir Laurence Olivier and a number of made-for-tv movies, including Who Killed the Black Dahlia?, Washington Mistress, The Mating Season, and Who Gets the Friends? Her own TV series, The Lucie Arnaz Show was on CBS in 1985 and, most recently, she starred in Sons and Daughters, a comedy—drama on CBS.
Lucie Arnaz has been an invited guest artist at the White House, performing there during the Carter and Bush administrations. Shes also the recipient of a number of prestigious awards, including The Los Angeles drama Critics Circle Award, Theatre World Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and Chicagos distinguished Sarah Siddons Award.
In 1988 Ms. Arnaz embarked on a successful nightclub career. She now appears in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Reno, Lake Tahoe, Branson Missouri and at the elegant New York cabaret — Rainbow and Stars -and tours both the US and Europe with her highly acclaimed act.
Lucie Arnaz loves these live performances for it gives her a chance to show so many aspects of her talent, and to be one on one with her audience - talking, laughing, but above all, singing. Her repertoire of songs — some in tribute to her late parents, and other whose lyrics have special meaning to her - all tell stories she wants to share. Many of these songs are included on her latest endeavor; a CD entitled "Just in Time" which has recently been released on the Concord Jazz label.
In 1990, Arnaz and her husband, actor/writer Laurence Luckinbill formed Arluck Entertainment and theyre first production; a two-hour biographical documentary, Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie, earned them an Emmy in 1993.
When time permits, Lucie Arnaz is on the lecture circuit, talking to womens groups about issues relating to balancing career and home life. She also lectures to aspiring actors and performers trying to break into show business.
With all that Arnaz does out there in the world of entertainment and with all the applause and awards she has garnered over the years, the happiest and most satisfying role she plays is that of wife and mother. Raising a family - she is the mother of three with Luckinbill and the stepmother to his two sons - and doing it all successfully, is always her greatest challenge and the credit of which Lucie Arnaz is most proud.