‘I Love Lucy’: Lucille Ball Once Commented on Desi Arnaz’ Next Marriage After Their Divorce

by Emily Morgan

Fans of “I Love Lucy” will always remember the undeniable chemistry between the show’s main characters, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, on and off the set. 

The Hollywood power couple was married for twenty years, starting in 1940. Tragically, the couple called it quit in 1960 after Arnaz’s drinking habit and infidelity became too much for Ball to endure. 

Following their divorce, both icons eventually found love again. Three years later, Arnaz remarried another redhead, Edith Mack Hirsch. In 1961, after dating for less than a year, Ball married comedian, Gary Morton. 

Yet even after she remarried, Ball made it a priority to have a healthy relationship with her ex-husband. 

“I’m grateful for the amicable feeling now between Desi and me and Gary and the kids,” Ball wrote in a letter recovered by Closer Weekly. “I’m glad for our kids’ sake they now have two happy homes instead of one miserable one. She’s a sweet woman, and good for Desi,” said Ball. “We keep in close touch about the children in a way we never could when we were married.”

Lucille Ball’s Love Letters Uncovered Nearly 30 Years After Her Death

Nearly three decades after Ball passed away in 1988, Closer Weekly reported having discovered Ball’s love letters, which gave valuable insight into Morton and Ball’s marriage, until she passed at 77.

In one letter penned to Ball’s friend, she wrote fondly of her second husband. “Boy, did I pick a winner,” she wrote in 1983, nearly twenty years after they married. “After 19 years with that Latin lover I never expected to marry again, but I’m glad I did!”

Following her divorce in 1960, it had been three years since “I Love Lucy” stopped filming new episodes, and Ball was nearing 50 who expected never to find love again. 

When fellow comedian Jack Carter offered to her up with Morton, who was 13 years younger than Ball, she was apprehensive. 

After their first date, Ball was smitten. “When that first evening ended and Gary took me home, I felt more like myself than I had in months,” Ball wrote in one letter. “I realized Gary had the natural humor of someone who loves to laugh and wants everyone to laugh with him. That made two of us.”

At the wedding, the comedians married in front of 40 guests, including her two children, 10-year-old Lucie and 8-year-old Desi Jr.

“For the first time in my life, I learned how to relax,” she wrote in another love letter. “He’s great, handsome, kind and home-loving. He’s funny, sexy and adorable.”