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Monday, April 9, 1990
“I Love Lucy” Pilot Discovered. The original pilot for “I Love Lucy,” which has been missing for 40 years, has been found under a bed where it had been forgotten for 39 years.
Joanne Perez, the widow of vaudeville performer Pepito the Spanish Clown, discovered a copy of the pilot — a gift to her husband from Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Pepito had coached Ball in some of her stage routines, and guest-starred on the pilot.
Although Perez knew she had one of the show’s episodes in her possession, she didn’t realize which one or the value of it until a recent conversation with B. Donald (Bud) Grant, who will coordinate an hour-long special to air in May on CBS which will include the 34-minute pilot as well as tributes to the show and cast.
The 34-minute print is apparently the only one in existence.
Los Angeles Times, Morning Report, April 09, 1990.