‘I Love Lucy’: Lucille Ball Saw a Psychiatrist ‘2 or 3 Hours a Day’ at One Point

by Jeremy Spirogis
Lucille Ball

I Love Lucy star Lucille Ball appeared to have the right life. However, she revealed she had many troubles through the top of her stardom. Here’s what she as soon as stated about seeing a psychiatrist.

Lucille Ball grew to become near Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

Lucille Ball |  CBS via Getty Images
Lucille Ball | CBS by way of Getty Images

Ball discovered consolation in speaking with Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, minister and creator of the e book The Power of Positive Thinking. She was launched to the teachings of Peale by a friend. “Listening to the Dr. speak in his Marble Collegiate Church, I was moved to tears,” wrote Ball in her e book Love Lucy.

“He was a man who spoke my language, who offered me a practical, everyday kind of religion,” continued Ball. “We have kept in close touch ever since that first meeting. Whenever problems pile up on me, I take them to Dr. Peale, and he always comes up with an answer that works for me.”

Lucille Ball noticed a psychiatrist as much as three hours a day at one level

Lucille Ball on the set of 'I Love Lucy' | CBS via Getty ImagesLucille Ball on the set of 'I Love Lucy' | CBS via Getty Images
Lucille Ball on the set of ‘I Love Lucy’ | CBS by way of Getty Images

Ball got here to New York for a session with Peale. She stated he led her to see Dr. Smiley Blanton, a psychiatrist and co-director of his American Foundation of Religion and Psychiatry. Their classes have been fairly lengthy, lasting as much as three hours a day.

“He steered me to the co-director of his American Foundation of Religion and Psychiatry, the well-known psychiatrist Dr. Smiley Blanton, the creator of Love or Perish,” wrote Ball. “Dr. Blanton was a frail, slight man who spoke in a penetrating whisper. For most of September I saw him two or three hours a day.”

Desi Arnaz attended some remedy classes with Lucille Ball

Ball satisfied her husband on the time, Desi Arnaz, to attend some classes together with her. When Arnaz did attend with Ball, they generally spent the entire day with Blanton. “Dr. Blanton came to our suite at the Hampshire House at nine one morning and remained with us until six in the evening,” wrote Ball.

She was blissful Arnaz was keen to accompany her to some classes. Ball needed to work by means of a number of the marital points they have been having.

I used to be grateful that Desi was lastly going through a few of our private points. It was like outdated occasions on the ranch, each of us pacing up and down the lodge room yelling on the prime of our voices, then doubling over with laughter, and kicking chair legs and throwing pillows.

The dialogue was merely nice; we each felt so a lot better by dinnertime. We left the house arm in arm and went on to have a wonderfully marvelous night, whereas Dr. Blanton went house to have , lengthy relaxation.

Lucille Ball, Love Lucy

Unfortunately, Ball stated Arnaz wasn’t open to the concept of continuous remedy. “Desi saw Dr. Blanton a few times after that, but he never really warmed to analysis and he refused to admit that he had any problem,” wrote Ball. “He went back to Hollywood while I stayed in New York another month for sessions with Dr. Blanton.”

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