WESTON, Conn. -- Happy birthday to Weston’s Lucie Désirée Arnaz!
Arnaz, who owns a home in Weston, turns 63 on Thursday. The actress, singer, dancer and producer was born July 17, 1951, in Los Angeles.
She made her first acting appearance in a continuing role in the series "Here's Lucy" from 1968 to 1974.
She branched out into television roles independent of her family from the mid-1970s. In 1975, she played infamous murder victim Elizabeth Short in a production of "Who Is the Black Dahlia?" while in 1978, she appeared in an episode of "Fantasy Island."
She has continued to make appearances in a number of popular television series over the years, including "Murder, She Wrote," "Marcus Welby M.D.," "Sons and Daughters," and "Law & Order." She also briefly had a series of her own, "The Lucie Arnaz Show," in 1985.
She has also had a lengthy career in musical theater. In 1978, she played the title role in "Annie Get Your Gun" at the Jones Beach Theatre on Long Island.
She made her Broadway debut in 1979 in the musical "They're Playing Our Song." She won the Theatre World Award and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Sonia Walsk in the show.
In 1986, she won the Sarah Siddons Award for her tour with Tommy Tune in the international company of the musical "My One and Only."
She has numerous other theater and musical credits both in the United States and abroad, including roles in "Seesaw," "Annie Get Your Gun," "Whose Life Is It Anyway?," "The Guardsman," "The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True," "Sonia Flew," "The Witches of Eastwick," "Vanities, Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers," "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" and Terence McNally's "Master Class."
She also made feature film appearances, the most prominent of which was 1980s "The Jazz Singer." She earned a Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe nomination for her work in the film.
She won an Emmy Award in 1993 for her documentary "Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie."
From about 2002 to 2007, Arnaz was president of the Board of Directors of the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center in Jamestown, N.Y.
In 2010, she performed in and directed "Babalu: A Celebration of the Music of Desi Arnaz and His Orchestra."
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