10 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About ‘I Love Lucy’

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Gathering around the TV to watch the latest episode of I Love Lucy was an event for many families. Even today, folks still bond over the crazy antics, silly songs, and unmatched humor of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s beloved program.

The sitcom followed a New York City couple who got into their fair share of trouble. Lucy McGillicuddy Ricardo was an ambitious wife, striving for stardom alongside her singer husband, Ricky Ricardo.

Their best friends and landlords, Fred and Ethel Mertz, made for a perfect pair to complement the characters of Lucy and Ricky.

Constant jokes and outlandish shenanigans won over the hearts of Americans for almost six years, ending with No. 1 ratings.

Although it seems like reruns are airing all the time and the show is recognized by almost everyone, there are quite a few pieces of behind-the-scenes knowledge that many people aren’t aware of.

Keep scrolling to learn these surprising I Love Lucy facts that you never knew!

[H/T: Mental Floss]

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1. The Secret Behind Lucy’s Red Hair Was Locked Up In A Safe 1/10

Lucille Ball’s hairdresser, Irma Kusely, took the actress’ naturally brown hair and transformed it into the signature “golden apricot” hue we all know and love. To maintain Lucy’s red color, Irma combined regular hair dye with a balancing henna rinse. She received the henna from a wealthy sheikh, and kept it in a safe inside her garage until use.

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