‘I Love Lucy’: Why Desi Arnaz Titled His Autobiography ‘A Book’

by Jennifer Shea

Desi Arnaz had a lifetime’s worth of memories stored up by the time he sat down to write his memoir, “A Book.” But as the “I Love Lucy” star told Johnny Carson in 1976, what he didn’t have was a lot of patience for marketing suggestions.

“I really was going crazy with all the titles that they suggested, you know,” Arnaz said in an appearance on “The Late Show with Johnny Carson.”

“So you do a thing like this – I’d never done a book in my life, I don’t even like to write letters. And when they asked me to do this, then, towards the end, they send you a thousand different things. Some of them – one day, when we have time, about an hour and a half, I’ll read you the whole list. So I figured I’d just call it what it is: a book.”

Watch Arnaz talk about his book here:

‘I Love Lucy’ Stars Had a ‘Great Divorce’

After they made television history on “I Love Lucy,” Arnaz and Lucille Ball made tabloid headlines for their deteriorating marriage. They finally divorced in 1960 after 20 years of marriage.

“They had a very successful divorce,” the couple’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz, told Closer Weekly last year. “It was fantastic. If their parents can’t get along and that happens, then kids should be so lucky to have a divorce like my mom and my dad did, because they were kind, they never said bad words about each other in front of their children and they stayed friends til the day they died.”

“It was a fantastic romance that even got more passionate and more friendly after they were not married to each other anymore, so there,” she added.

Lucie Arnaz said her parents eventually realized their tempestuous marriage just wasn’t working and it was time to stop trying to fix it. She explained that “everything got much easier for everybody” once they let go and embraced divorce. But they were always very pleasant to one another after they split.

“There was never a moment of animosity after that at all,” she said. “But when people are always arguing… well, it’s better to not have that. When they say they can’t solve it, then they should stop, because that’s a toxic environment you don’t want to bring your children up in. So I applaud them for doing it so well.”

Indeed, though they couldn’t make their marriage fly, the couple never truly seemed to fall out of love with each other. And as Arnaz wrote in his memoir, “‘I Love Lucy’ was never just a title.”