Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz divorced in 1960, sharing one of the most famous couples of the time. Lucie Arnaz, the former I Love Lucy twin girl, saying, of course, she didn’t want it to happen. But, even as a child, she understood why her parents decided to get a divorce.
Lucie Arnaz on the divorce of Lucille Ball’s mum and dad Desi Arnaz
In 2016, Lucie was interviewed by the Television Academy Foundation. She remembered the broken conversation where her parents told her and her younger brother that they were getting separated.
“Well, like any children whose parents are divorced, you certainly don’t want that to happen,” she said. “And it was awful. I hear Cher singing in my head somewhere right now because that’s exactly what happened: ‘You better sit down kids. ‘You know, and those words are pretty much, I think, what every kid goes through when their parents tell them it doesn’t work out anymore. ”
Although Lucie did not want her parents to separate, she says she understood because they had been fighting a lot.
Ball married a comedian named Gary Morton. Finally, Lucie came around to her stepfather.
“[He] he was a nice man, ”said Lucie. “He was a funny boy, a comedian, Gary. Catskills comedian. Tall and kind of elegant-ish. She smiled and didn’t embarrass her, you know, in any way. You didn’t drink too much, you didn’t laugh and giggle with the ladies. I don’t know if they had a passionate marriage. I hope so. I don’t know, we didn’t talk about things like that. “
In the end, Lucie says she “honored” Morton for being “a good stepfather.”
“It took me a while to learn how to do it, just as it took me a while to learn how to be a good stepmother, which I had to do later in life,” she said. “It was good, you know, and I think it was satisfying to be just who he was. ”