Ball + Arnaz's Children Sought Out To Prove Paternity Claims

Legendary comedians LUCILLE BALL and DESI ARNAZ have returned to the spotlight following a resurgence of rumours the couple fathered an unknown child.
Madeline "Linda" Jane Dee was allegedly given up for adoption by Ball in 1947 amid fears a baby would impede her plans for stardom, according to her daughter Cassandria Lucianna Carlson, 38.
Now the New York Post has reported Private Detective Vito Colucci has urged the couple's two publicly known children, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr. to "put this (the case) to rest" by providing DNA samples to prove paternity.
He adds that he believes Carlson's account, based on facts "accumulated over the years".
Dee was born four years before the 1951 debut of hit U.S. TV show I Love Lucy and immediately given up for adoption to California nurse Ruth Smith.
Carlson claims she discovered her mother's paternity after phoning Smith from a funeral home to help locate Dee's birth records following her mother's death in 2003.
Records name Helen Elizabeth Barnes as Dee's mother. There is no listed father.
But according to the newspaper, several attempts made by Carlson to establish the truth have been shunned by her allegedly estranged family.
In a letter written by Lucie Arnaz to Carlson in 2004, she protests: "I must inform you we're almost certainly not related. In 1947, my parents were married and wanted nothing more than to have a baby together. They struggled for 10 years with infertility and miscarriage until I came along in 1951. My mother would never have given up a child of hers nor would my father have let her."
A spokesperson for Desi Arnaz Jr. and Lucie Arnaz did not respond to repeated requests for comment.


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Thank you for posting this story. We appreciate your attention to the very personal matter to our family.Should you wish to view more photos of Cassandria and her family, please visit: www.myspace.com/cassandriacThank you again!
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Hello my name is Julia Arnaz,I am Lucille ball and Desi Arnaz very first proven granddaughter! and this whole thing really does not add up,I would love nothing more to have a cousin who is close to my age,but it has turned in to a circus.their has been some really ugly things that has happend to me since this women apperad.I will be going public w/ this information..my Father Desi jr said this women is lieing and we do have lots of proof of her story that keeps changing.this women was in my grandmothers home town over the weekend signing autographs.lots of questions that know one has asked.wait till they do...truly Julia Arnaz. if you want to see some really good photos of myself my Dad and Lucy and Desi's real greatgranddaughter, my daughter Desiree come vist my, my space..
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