‘I Love Lucy’: Lucille Ball on Co-Parenting With Desi Arnaz

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I Love Lucy star Lucille Ball was married to Desi Arnaz for 20 years, from 1940 to 1960. She described what it was like to be a co-parent with her husband.

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s divorce

Ball Lucille and Desi Arnaz with Desi Arnaz Jr.  |  KM Archive / Getty Images
Ball Lucille and Desi Arnaz with Desi Arnaz Jr. | KM Archive / Getty Images

Ball tried to separate Arnaz more than once, but she had several false missions. Arnaz was the one who eventually demanded the divorce of Ball. They reached a point where they no longer spoke. In her book, Love, Lucy, Ball said Arnaz made the request shortly after they filmed her famous show where she played a geisha girl.

Once I looked at Desi, I felt my speech harden. There was an incredible, cold grain running through every pore, for Desi, and for myself as well. I shook myself fresh, but couldn’t bring myself to seek a divorce for Desi. He had to be the man to make the break.

Shortly after this program aired, Desi filed for divorce with me. I had a lawyer in his office in twenty minutes. The day I filed for divorce, due to “extreme hardship” —March 3, 1960 – we were filming an hour-long show with Ernie Kovacs and his wife, Edie Adams.

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Member Lucille co-paired with Desi Arnaz

Co-parenting went well for Ball and Arnaz. The actress said she and Arnaz kept in close touch after the divorce. She even said Arnaz got along well with her husband, Gary Morton.

“Desi and I keep in close touch with the children in a way we never could when we were married,” wrote Ball. “I am grateful for the friendly feelings now between Desi and me and Gary and the children. Desi calls me regularly to talk to the children or the show, and he plays golf with Gary. ”

Lucille Ball said she had seen a difference in her children

Ball Lucille with second man, Gary Morton |  LIFE Photo Collection via Getty Image
Ball Lucille with second man, Gary Morton | LIFE Photo Collection through Getty Images

Ball was happy to see her family get on their own. She said she noticed her children looked happier after she and Arnaz separated.

“I am grateful for the friendly feeling now between Desi and me and Gary and the children,” wrote Ball. “Desi often calls me to talk to the children or the show, and he plays golf with Gary. Since our lives were straightforward, the children have improved in their schoolwork and are laughing more. Children embrace their parents ’displeasure. Fortunately, they accept our happiness just as easily. ”

Lucie Arnaz says her mother did not actively raise her

Ball’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz, says her mother had “very little” to raise her. Instead, her grandmother and nurses played a major role in her day-to-day care.

“I think it hurt my mum a lot that she had to choose between this professional thing and this baby thing,” Lucie said in the book. Desilu: The Story of Ball Lucille and Desi Arnaz. “She was trying really hard to make her life happier, so she finally had a baby … Who knew 20 minutes later that she would be on a catchy TV series? And that goes. Deal with the child later. “

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