‘I Love Lucy’ Star Desi Arnaz’s Darkest Secret Was an Open Secret With Wife Lucille Ball

by Jeremy Spirogis
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz

The present I Love Lucy is famous and starred real-life couple, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. On digicam, the couple was portrayed as having a cheerful and loving relationship on I Love Lucy.

Ball and Arnaz have been married for 20 years and began the manufacturing firm, Desilu. However, off-camera was a distinct story, and their actual marriage was removed from excellent. In an article by Ranker, discussing the present’s secrets and techniques, Arnaz reportedly had loads of vices.

What is ‘I Love Lucy’ about?

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz | CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)

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I Love Lucy first aired on CBS in 1951 and ran for six seasons, ending in 1957. The present set many firsts for tv, similar to tying Lucy’s real-life being pregnant into the present.

It was additionally the primary sequence to make use of a three-camera format. I Love Lucy obtained 20 Emmy nominations and gained 4. The present is about Lucy Ricardo, a redhead who’s married to Cuban bandleader, Ricky Ricardo.

Lucy is regularly making an attempt to be in Ricky’s present and sometimes will get herself into humorous predicaments together with her finest Ethel Mertz alongside for the experience. Ethel and Fred Mertz have been the Ricardo’s finest pals, in addition to landlords. 

Desi Arnaz’s affairs

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Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in New York City | Phil Burchman/Archive Photos/Getty Images

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Two of the principle issues in Ball and Arnaz’s marriage was Arnaz’s ingesting and womanizing. In 1991, People Magazine launched an article titled The Untold Story of Lucy and Desi with accounts from folks near the couple discussing their relationship, particularly Arnaz’s philandering. A few folks interviewed for the article said simply how charming Arnaz might be.

In addition to this, Jim Bacon, a Hollywood Reporter for Associated Press, instructed People that the place Desi received drunk, he was wild. He wouldn’t simply name in a single intercourse employee; he would name in 18.

Keith Thibodeaux, who portrayed little Ricky on the present, additionally recounted when Ball requested his father, who was a household friend, to accompany her to the Indian Wells Country Club close to their Palm Springs residence. Ball was having a drink within the lounge. Arnaz occurred to stroll in with a few ladies on his arm. When he noticed Ball, he ran the opposite means.  

According to Popsugar, Ball was properly conscious of Arnaz’s affairs. She as soon as instructed a Look Magazine interviewer: “I like to play games too.”

The journal Confidential as soon as ran an article calling Desi a womanizer. Ball’s longtime publicist, Charles Pomerantz, mentioned Ball wished to learn it, which made everybody on set nervous. When she completed studying, all she needed to say was: “Oh, hell, I could tell them worse than that.”

Arnaz would deny dishonest on her, however there was little effort put into his denials. Arnaz additionally as soon as said that he liked Ball, and because the ladies he went out with have been hookers, it didn’t rely as dishonest. Some of Arnaz’s womanizing methods calmed down when daughter, Lucie, was born. However, it didn’t final lengthy.

Desi Arnaz and Scotty Bower

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Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz | CBS/Getty Images

During this time, Scotty Bower was a Hollywood pimp and provided intercourse staff to many Hollywood actors and actresses. He wrote a tell-all e book titled Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars.

In his e book, Bower said that Desi was an everyday. He was “a sweetheart of a guy, with a healthy heterosexual appetite. He often called me up for girls, tipping them more generously than anyone else I know.”

Bower additionally talked about that Ball as soon as confronted him at a celebration. She slapped him and instructed him to avoid Arnaz. Bower wasn’t indignant concerning the confrontation and mentioned nobody messed with Ball. 

Ball and Arnaz divorced in 1960 and went on to marry different folks. However, they by no means stopped loving one another and remained pals. 

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