Lucy's pre-TV background in B-movies and vaudeville informed the style of broad comedy in the show. And Desilu produced a couple more enduring shows (The Andy Griffith Show, Mission: Impossible, The Untouchables, Make Room for Daddy, I Spy, and That Girl to name just a few). Imagine how much more successful she would have been if she hadn't married that
I think I heard that every minute of the day, I Love Lucy is airing somewhere in the world. I'm not sure if that's still true, or if it's been replaced by Family Guy. But certainly more than Raymond, everyone loves Lucy.
FUN FACT: Ball and Arnaz had 2 kids together, and John and I met 1 of them: Lucie Arnaz (AKA Lucie Arnaz-Luckinbill). We saw her in the wonderfully fun Dirty, Rotten Scoundrels (he's seen her more) and walked her to the subway after the matinee. I told her to say hi to husband Larry for us (Luckinbill, duh)... I wonder if she ever did.
Happy birthday dude! Rest in peace!