Lucille Ball’s ‘Last Kiss’ With Desi Arnaz Fell on the Last Episode of ‘The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz had one of the vital public-facing marriages of their period. After I Love Lucy ended, Arnaz and Ball carried on their characters, Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, on The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, which started in 1957 and ran for three years. That identical yr the present ended — 1960 — Ball and Arnaz additionally ended their relationship.

After ‘I Love Lucy’ and ‘The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour’ended, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s marriage ended, too

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Lucille Ball along with her husband Desi Arnaz in 1955 | Archive Photos/Getty Images

In 1960, I Love Lucy star Ball was in a “depressed state of mind,” in line with The New York Times.

Her massively in style TV exhibits had come to an finish — however that wasn’t all.

“Her marriage had too,” The Times recalled. In reality, it marked a number of “lasts” for Ball.

“The last kiss with Desi fell on the last moment of their last episode,” the publication reported. It went one thing like this: “His face in her hair; her blubbering through tears: ‘You’re supposed to say cut.’ The final clinch.”

The very subsequent day: Ball “filed for divorce” from Arnaz.

“When your marriage has been, in a way, America’s marriage, what do you do after the love crash-dives?” The New York Times puzzled. “Lucille Ball didn’t know, at first.”

The very very first thing Ball did, in line with biographers was “slept and cried on a friend’s couch.”Apparently, Ball was feeling explicit down “after slinking out to see a play starring Vivien Leigh.”

“What I do is so meaningless, so unimportant,” the I Love Lucy alum mentioned on the time. “Look what she can do.”

Lucille Ball set her goals on the stage

This robust expertise is definitely what impressed Ball to strive her hand at one thing new: Broadway.

“This envy pushed her off the sofa: a footlights career, as Ball put it in her autobiography, was the ‘ambition of my life,’” The Times continued. Apparently, being a star of the stage had at all times been Ball’s dream:

At 17 she’d left her upstate New York highschool for Broadway, solely to be instructed: ‘You just don’t have it. Why don’t you go house?’ Later makes an attempt had failed too; ‘I never made it,’ she instructed a reporter in 1960, ‘and I want to prove myself.’

Ball and Arnaz’s daughter displays on their tumultuous relationship — and comparatively optimistic divorce

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Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz within the pilot episode of TV sequence I Love Lucy | CBS/Getty Images

When Lucie Arnaz talked to Closer Weekly a number of years in the past, she mirrored on some tough instances within the household house.

“There was a lot of anger and screaming,” she defined of her dad and mom’ marriage. However, Lucie Arnaz believes divorce was one of the best plan of action for her dad and mom.

“The best thing that ever happened to them was getting divorced,” Lucie shared. “They had a nice divorce.”

Despite Ball’s teary ending to her TV profession — and her relationship — her daughter believes all of it was for one of the best. And each Ball and Arnaz did their greatest to maintain issues cordial, particularly with the youngsters. As Lucie instructed the publication:

If their dad and mom can’t get alongside and that occurs, then children needs to be so fortunate to have a divorce like my mother and my dad did as a result of they had been variety. They by no means mentioned unhealthy phrases about one another in entrance of their kids they usually stayed associates until the day they died.

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