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Lucille Ball and Gary Morton Marriage Profile
Lucille Ball and Gary Morton

American comedienne and actress Lucille Ball and her husband Gary Morton attend a party in honor of Ball's starring role in the film version of the Broadway musical 'Mame,' New York, New York, February 25, 1974.

Photo: Tim Boxer / Getty Images

Born:

Gary Morton aka Morton Goldaper: December 19, 1924 in The Bronx, New York.

Died:

Gary Morton: At the age of 74, Gary died in Palm Springs, California on March 30, 1999. He died of lung cancer.

How Lucy and Gary Met:

Gary and Lucy were introduced to one another by her friend Paula Stewart.
Gary: "The first thing I noticed about Lucy was her warmth. The second was her carriage. I mean, she's like a thoroughbred. When she walks into a room, you know she's there."
Source: Coyne S. Sanders, Tom Gilbert. Desilu: The Story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. 1993. pg. 216.
Lucy: "Besides liking his looks, I also liked his sense of humor. Before I met Gary, I hadn't laughed in years. I'd made other people laugh, but I hadn't laughed ... my love for Gary was slow growth. I liked him before I loved him."
Source: Coyne S. Sanders, Tom Gilbert. Desilu: The Story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. 1993. pg. 216.

Wedding Info:

After Gary signed a prenuptial agreement, Gary and Lucy were married in New York on November 19, 1961 at the Marble Collegiate Church by Dr. Norman vincent Peale. Pictures of their wedding show Lucy wearing a dark blue dress and hat. Paula Stewart was matron of honor and Jack Carter was best man.
Lucy: "During the fifteen-minute service, the organ softly played "Make Someone Happy," a song that had become a favorite of ours early in our courtship."
Source: Lucille Ball. Love, Lucy. 1996. pg. 225.

Occupations:

Gary Morton: Standup comedian, business executive, producer.

Other Marriages:

Both Lucy and Gary had one previous marriage. Gary's 1953 marriage to actress Jacqueline Immoor aka Susan Morrow was brief and annulled in 1957. After Lucy's death, Gary married Susan McAllister in 1996.

Lucille Ball's Marriages

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz
Lucille Ball and Gary Morton

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