Desi Arnaz Was ‘Extraordinarily Jealous’ of Lucille Ball’s New Husband

by Jeremy Spirogis
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I Love Lucy made superstars out of husband-and-wife group Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. After a tumultuous marriage that included Arnaz’s points with alcohol and infidelity, the couple divorced after 20 years collectively.

Though they have been not spouses, Arnaz and Ball maintained a powerful bond co-parenting their kids – Lucie and Desi Jr. – and continued their skilled relationship, even after Ball walked down the aisle with comic Gary Morton.

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‘I Love Lucy’ star falls for a brand new man

Soon after divorcing Arnaz in 1960, Ball hit the Broadway stage for the play Wildcat. She met comic Gary Morton throughout her theater stint whereas in New York City. Though she wasn’t initially focused on romance, Ball was quickly charmed by Morton’s humor and heat.

“Besides liking his looks, I also liked his sense of humor,” Ball shared, in accordance with the ebook Desilu: The Story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz by Coyne Steven Sanders and Tom Gilbert. “Before I met Gary, I hadn’t laughed in years. I’d made other people laugh, but I hadn’t laughed.”

The two tied the knot in November 1961. The well-known redhead described how this relationship differed from her union with Arnaz.

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“When I fell in love with Desi, it was at first sight,” Ball revealed. “My love for Gary was slow growth. I liked him before I loved him.”

Desi Arnaz and Gary Morton turned colleagues

Despite Ball’s break up with Arnaz, the 2 remained associates and business companions. Arnaz held the title of Executive Producer when her new sitcom The Lucy Show launched in 1962. Ball additionally had Morton on workers, which proved to be tough for her ex.

“It was very painful for Desi to have Gary on the set,” author Bob Schiller mentioned in Sanders and Gilbert’s ebook.

According to Lucie, her father would consult with Morton as “Barry Norton” as type of a passive-agressive jab.

“He was extraordinarily jealous of Gary,” Arnaz’s daughter remarked, “and didn’t hide it very well.”

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Lucie Arnaz feedback on the ‘psycho’ scenario of the three working collectively

Arnaz and Ball’s daughter witnessed the working setting along with her dad and mom and her stepfather. She gave a vivid description of the very unorthodox scenario when The Lucy Show started.

“When my mom got here again to tv, my father directed and produced The Lucy Show – and she or he was married to Gary Morton, who’s doing the warm-up,” Lucie defined. “My God, that’s really psycho.”

Noting that she considered her dad and mom as nonetheless having emotions for one another, Lucie felt this unconventional association would quickly disintegrate.

“There were these three years, that crossover period, where they tried,” Lucie recalled. “‘Okay, we received’t be married. We received’t change something. I can have my ladies. She can have whoever she desires. Fine, possibly it’s higher this fashion.’ … See how lengthy that works when two persons are nonetheless head over heels in love with one another.”

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When The Lucy Show was getting into its 1963–64 season, Arnaz resigned from each Desilu Productions and left his post as govt producer of the sitcom. Despite the non-traditional setting Morton was put in for some time, Lucie felt he gained extra positives than negatives from his relationship with Ball.

“It’s not easy to be a stepparent,” Lucie remarked. “But he didn’t have a lot to complain about. He got the best of the deal. … Everybody appreciated that Mom had someone who could make her laugh.”

Ball and Morton have been married till her loss of life in 1989.

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