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Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball Marriage Profile
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz

Studio portrait of American actor and comedian Lucille Ball receiving a hug from her husband, Cuban-born bandleader and singer Desi Arnaz, circa 1955.

Photo: CBS Photo Archive / Getty Images

Born:

Desiderio "Desi" Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III: March 2, 1917 in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba.

Died:

Desi Arnaz: After being diagnosed with lung cancer, Desi died on December 2, 1986 at the age of 69 in Del Mar, California. The location of his ashes is unknown but it is believed they were scattered at sea.

How Desi and Lucy Met:

Lucy and Desi met when they were both working on Too Many Girls in 1940.

Wedding Info:

Desi and Lucy eloped to Greenwich, Connecticut. Lucy wore a black wool suit. Her wedding ring was just a brass ring from Woolworth's.
Desi: "Probate Judge Harold L. Nape waived the five-day wait required by connecticut law, and Justice of the Peace John P. O'Brien performed the ceremony at the Byram River Beagle Club at noon on Saturday, November 30, 1940."
Source: Desi Arnaz. A Book. 1994. pg. 115.
Lucy: "Although Desi later gave me a platinum ring, that little discolored brass ring rested among the diamonds and emeralds in my jewel case for years ... After the short ceremony, we ate our wedding breakfast in front of a bright fire in the club's lounge. Outside, a fresh mantle of snow hung on the pine trees. After all the indecision we'd been through, Desi and I were dazed with happiness."
Source: Lucille Ball. Love, Lucy. 1996. pg. 110.
Desi: "It really was the most lovely setting. a rambling river going by, beautiful flowers and trees, the mountains in the background. There was a glass-enclosed area in back where the ceremony took place. The judge had called ahead and had them cool some champagne and put flowers all over the place. The view Lucy and I looked at during the wedding was a Christmas card."
Source: Desi Arnaz. A Book. 1994. pg. 117.

Lucy and Desi later had a Catholic church wedding on June 19, 1949 in Our Lady of the Valley Church in Canoga Park, California. Desi wore a white suit and Lucy wore a blue satin wedding dress.

Desi: "We had been married for nine years but when I saw her coming down the aisle with her bouquet and wedding dress and hat, I got as much of a thrill as the first time, perhaps even more."
Source: Desi Arnaz. A Book. 1994. pg. 187.

Children:

Lucy and Desi had two children after Lucy had several miscarriages.
  • Lucie Desiree Arnaz: Born in 1951.
  • Desiderio "Desi" Alberto Arnaz IV: Born in 1953.

Residence:

Photos of the 1950s Home of Desi and Lucille

Divorce:

Lucille first filed for divorce in 1944, but the couple reconciled. With increased issues that stemmed from Desi's womanizing and alcohol consumption, their marriage collapsed and they were divorced on May 4, 1960. They remained friends after their divorce.

Occupations:

Desi Arnaz: Bandleader, actor, business executive, producer, author.

Other Marriages:

Desi later married Edith Mack Hirsch on March 2, 1963 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Sands Hotel. They were married until her death in 1985.

After her divorce from Desi, Lucille married Gary Morton on November 19, 1961 in New York. They were married until her death in 1989.

Quotes About the Marriage of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz:

Robert Osborne: "Although Gary was just what the doctor ordered, I don't think the love affair between Lucy and Desi ever ended. She was really a one-man woman."
Source: Coyne S. Sanders, Tom Gilbert. Desilu: The Story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. 1993. pg. 217.

Lucy: "I realized we never really liked each other. We had a great attraction going for each other in the beginning but we didn't approve of each other. He disapproved of my moderation and my conservatism. I was square, he said. I disapproved of the way he worked too hard, played too hard, and was never moderate in anything. It was like living on top of a volcano; you never knew when it would erupt or why. I was able to accept the situation for many years because it was our secret."
Source: Lucille Ball. Love, Lucy. 1996. pg. 212.

Desi: "When we got married, nobody gave it more than two weeks. There were bets all over the country, with astronomical odds against us."
Source: Desi Arnaz. A Book. 1994. pg. 113.

Desi about the last Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour: "This was not just an ordinary kiss for a scene in a show. It was a kiss that would wrap up twenty years of love and friendship, triumphs and failures, ecstasy and sex, jealousy and regrets, heartbreaks and laughter ... and tears ... I Love Lucy was never just a title."
Source: Desi Arnaz. A Book. 1994. pg. 317.

Lucille Ball's Marriages

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz
Lucille Ball and Gary Morton

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