Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz  

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz are divorced after a marriage of 19 years. They had 2 children.

They had 2 children, Lucie Désirée (65) and Desiderio Alberto (63).


American Comedian Lucille Ball was born Lucille Desiree Ball on 6th August, 1911 in Jamestown, New York, USA and passed away on 26th Apr 1989 Beverly Hills, California, USA aged 77. She is most remembered for I Love Lucy. Her zodiac sign is Leo.

Cuban Actor Desi Arnaz passed away on 2nd Dec 1986 Del Mar, California, USA aged 69. Born Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y De Acha III on 2nd March, 1917 in Santiago, Cuba and educated at Colegio de Dolores, Desi Arnaz is most remembered for Ricky Ricardo (I Love Lucy) in a career that spanned 1936–1982. His zodiac sign is Pisces.


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Relationship Statistics

Dating1940 - 1940
Engaged1940 - 30th Nov 1940 1 year, 11 months
Married30th Nov 1940 - May 1960 19 years, 5 months
Total 1940 - May 1960 77 years, 10 months

Lucy met Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz while filming the film version of the Rodgers and Hart stage hit Too Many Girls. Ball and Arnaz connected immediately and eloped the same year, garnering much press attention! Arnaz and Ball frequently argued, especially over his indiscretions with other women, but they always made up in the end. Arnaz was drafted to the United States Army in 1942; he ended up being classified for limited service due to a knee injury. As a result, Arnaz stayed in Los Angeles, organizing and performing USO shows for wounded GIs being brought back from the Pacific. Ball filed for a divorce in 1944. However, shortly after Ball obtained an interlocutory decree, she reconciled with Arnaz again. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were only six years different in their ages but apparently believed that it was less socially acceptable for an older woman to marry a younger man, and hence split the difference in their ages and both claimed to have been born in 1914. By the end of the 1950s, Desilu had become a large company, causing a good deal of stress for both Ball and Arnaz; his increasing drinking further compounded matters. On May 4, 1960, just 2 months after filming the final episode of The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, the couple divorced, ending one of television`s greatest marriages. However, until his death in 1986, Arnaz would remain friends with Ball. Indeed, both Arnaz and Ball spoke lovingly of each other after the breakup.

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Relationship Timeline

4th May, 1960 - Divorce

1959 - Breakup

19th January, 1953 - Child

17th July, 1951 - Child

30th November, 1940 - Marriage

1940 - Engagement

1940 - Hookup

Couple Comparison

Lucille Ball
Desi Arnaz
Lucille Ball
Desi Arnaz
Age (at start of relationship)
5' 7½" (171 cm)
5' 11½" (182 cm)
Hair Color
Dyed Red
Eye Color
Brown - Dark
Roman Catholic


Lucie DésiréeFemale17th July, 195165 years old
Desiderio AlbertoMale19th January, 195363 years old

Onscreen Matchups

  • I Love Lucy I Love Lucy 1951


Posted commentsView all comments (7)

H2OJul 15, 2011

Fun couple but I think she was way too good for him. She brought way more to the relationship than he did.

kaylabug16Jul 13, 2010

were lucy and desi a copule in real life other than the show too?

alexisApr 5, 2010

heyyyyyyyyyyyyyy lucyyyyyyyyyyy

barryOct 2, 2008

Someone once said to me that nothing lasts forever. I laughed and said, "Are you forgetting I love Lucy reruns?".

KatherineJul 4, 2008

They were sooo amazing! You could tell that they loved working together.They were such a cute couple, and they`ll live on forever. Thank you for making true,clean, and un-refined comedy!!

sissyloveJun 2, 2008

lucy and desi to me is one of the greastest couples of all time.even today we never get tired of watching i love lucy.thank-you for the laughter then and now

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