Waaaaaahhhh! Heirs Battle Over Lucille Ball’s Estate

Jul 15, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill, the actress/singer daughter of TV icons Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, will go to court later this week to stop the auction of part of her mother’s estate orchestrated by the Heritage Auction Galleries for Susie Morton, reports the Associated Press. Susie Morton is the widow of Gary Morton, who was Lucy’s husband at the time of her death.

Ball, the beloved star of one of the most popular sitcoms to ever appear on TV, "I Love Lucy," died in 1989.

Arnaz Luckinbill, who was one of the stars of "Here’s Lucy" and appeared on Broadway in "They’re Playing Our Song," wants certain items removed from the Morton auction, the article says: seven love letters, Ball’s address book, some portraits and several lifetime achievement awards being offered for sale.

Arnaz Luckinbill said those items could then be put on public display in a museum, the article says.


  1. Lucie Arnaz has been shamelessly milking her mother’s and father’s legacy for years with her brother under the auspices of “desilu too,” hawking calendars and cookie jars and every item you can think of. They have the licensing rights to Lucy’s and Desi’s images, so obviously Lucille and Desi provided for them generously in their wills. I’m sure the untalented, ungrateful children have made millions. And meanwhile Lucie has bashed Lucille, calling her a bad mother. But she’s more than happy to get rich off of her mother. The only blessing is that the ungrateful children do not own the rights to “I Love Lucy,” which Lucille and Desi sold back to CBS, so they’re not cleaning up on the DVDs, too. Stop being so greedy, Lucie. Try to show just a little of the class that your parents had.

  2. It would seem to me that the wishes of the children would take precedence over those of the widower’s widow.

  3. If Lucie feels so strongly, she can purchase the items at the auction and donate them to this “Museum” that goes unnamed. If it is a non-profit she can get the tax write-off and will actually have spent little cash of her own in the end.

  4. Your the one who is ungrateful. Lucie is doing a service to all of her parents loyal fans that can’t get enough of them and want to remember them fondley. They are only keeping their memory alive. We as fans are grateful.No one else cares. Thanks Lucie you know what the fans want, you know us personely. We love what your doing. All true “Lucy” fans do.

  5. does not matter who wants what .. the fact remains .. this action of lucille Balls items should without question go to her children unless she left a will stating otherwise ..What right does Mortons’ wife have to any of lucys’ items …including the love letters .. I am sure they were not addressed to her ..and even though they in essence belonged to her late husband .. they should remain..with the children . Ones personal feelings should never be up for public display .. I find this tacky and crude.

  6. Step Monsters and 2nd wifes should never ever get any items associated with the first wife, especially if there are children of the first wife. If there are no children then the items should go to her immediate family. I’m sick of these greedy witches!!!!!!!

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  8. Rerosej here has it rightt. Anyone but the actual heirs, especially since she had children, have no right to even touch anything.
    Godless greedy money grubbing witch.

  9. What’s really sad to me is that Marilyn Monroe left most of her estate to Lee Strasberg, her acting coach, mentor and some would say, Svengali. When Strasberg died, his second wife inherited Monroe’s estate. This woman, a Venezuelan emigree, had never met Marilyn Monroe yet she had made tens of millions from licensing Monroe’s image and then finally selling the licensing rights outright. Meanwhile Lee Strasberg’s daughter Susan lived in near poverty and died of cancer. She and Monroe had been very close. Lee Strasberg disinherited both of his children from his first marriage. Which was apparently fine with his second wife.

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