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    • By 1951 Frawley's alcoholism and disagreeable personality kept most producers from hiring him. Desi Arnaz took a chance, and gave him the role of Fred Mertz on I Love Lucy. Arnaz made it clear that if Frawley showed up at work drunk more than once he would be fired and blacklisted in the entertainment industry. Frawley kept to that standard as long as the show was on the air and Arnaz became one of his closest friends.

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