Did Lucille Ball Find Happiness After The "Rocky" Marriage And “Horrible” Divorce With Desi Arnaz?

Date October 17, 2018

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz are known as one of the most iconic couples of the 20th century. Their relationship was tumultuous from the very beginning but even after the devastating divorce, they remained soulmates for life.

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The couple met in 1940 on the set of musical Too Many Girls. They madly fell in love as soon as they set their eyes on each other. However, friends of the couple say that even when their relationship just started, Lucille always took a secondary role to Desi.

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Actress Rita Lee tells about the couple:

Lucy always wanted to please him. If he wanted something, she would get it for him. If they were seated and he needed more room, she would slide over. I found it surprising because she was such a strong, independent lady, but when it came to Desi, she was very old-fashioned.

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Their marriage was filled with hurt as Lucy almost divorced Desi a few times because of his infidelity. But after 20 years the couple reached a breaking point and decided to end their relationship once and for all. However, they never said a bad word about each other and stayed close.

New happiness

Nine months after the divorce, Lucy met the love of her life. In 1960, she was set up on a blind date with Gary Morton, a comedian and TV producer. In her autobiography, Lucy wrote:

When I divorced Desi I had no intention of ever marrying again, but this guy did seem too good to let get away.


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After their marriage, Morton appeared from time to time on Lucille’s two TV shows, The Lucy Show and Here's Lucy. However, he wasn’t exposed as much as Arnaz on the original I Love Lucy show.


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Lucille described their relationship in the sweetest way, writing:

We liked each other before we loved each other. We approve of each other; neither of us is trying to change the other.


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The uncovered love letters that the two wrote to each other show their strong bond. Lucy wrote in one:

I’m just sitting here thinking how much I love you. You are a real special ‘guy', Gary, and ‘my guy'. Bless you. Your missus.


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The couple stayed together until the legendary actress passed away in 1989. But their undying love will be forever imprinted in those letters.

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