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Desi Arnaz has been divorced from Lucille Ball since May 4, 1960. They had been married for 19.4 years. Desi Arnaz is now deceased.

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Desi Arnaz

Entertainment - Actor

Why Famous: Ricky Ricardo of I Love Lucy, television show

Age: 69 (3/2/1917 - 9/2/1986)

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Lucille Ball

Entertainment - Actress

Why Famous: "I Love Lucy"

Age: 77 (8/6/1911 - 4/26/1989)

 

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Relationship Timeline

Event Start Date Length
Dating 5/7/1940 4.5 months
Engaged 9/21/1940 2.3 months
Married 11/30/1940 19.4 years
    Separated 1/24/1960 --
    Filed for Divorce 3/3/1960 --
Divorced 5/4/1960 --
 Total20 years

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Children of this Relationship

Name Born Age Gender Type
Lucie Desiree7/17/195165 yrs.FemaleBiological
Desiderio Alberto1/19/195363 yrs.MaleBiological

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Where and/or how did Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball meet?

While Desi Arnaz was filming Too Many Girls he was introduced to Lucy on the set.

Why did Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball break up?

Desi's marriage with Lucille began to collapse under the strain of his serious problems with alcohol, drugs, and womanizing.

Other Relationship Information about Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball:

Lucy and Desi began "I Love Lucy" in the hopes of saving their crumbling marriage.

For many years during their marriage, Lucy and Desi hid the fact that she was six years older then him by splitting the difference in their ages. She (born in 1911) said she was born in 1914 and he (born in 1917) also said he was born in 1914.

Lucille filed for a divorce from Desi the day following the last day of filming "The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour"

Lucille suffered a miscarriage with her and Desi's first child in 1942. Suffered a second miscarriage with their second child in 1949. Suffered a third miscarriage with their third child in 1950.

Lucy and Desi were married a second time in 1946 in a church because his mother believed that the reason they didn't have children yet was because they were never married in the Catholic Church.

Lucy filed for divorce from Desi Arnaz in the 1940s, but didn't go through with it because they reconciled.

The day Lucille first met Desi, she had a black eye and a torn dress from filming a fight scene for "Dance, Girl, Dance" and he didn't find her at all attractive until they met again later in the day when she had changed into her own clothes and makeup.

When they were first married in 1940, Desi had to give Lucy a ring from a drugstore because all jewelry stores were closed. She wore it for the rest of their marriage.

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Classic Quotes by Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball about their relationship:

"It wasn't love at first sight. It took a full five minutes." Lucille Ball
"Desi was the great love of my life. I will miss him until the day I die. But I don't regret divorcing him. I just couldn't take it anymore." Lucille Ball
"I Love Lucy" was never just a title! Desi Arnaz

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