After their divorce, "I Love Lucy" stars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were "even more passionate" about one another, their daughter revealed in a tell-all interview.
"They had a great divorce," Lucie Arnaz told Closer Weekly. The 67-year-old recalled how her parents never had bad things to say about one another and managed to stay friends despite their split. "It was a fantastic romance that got even more passionate and friendlier after they were not married to each other anymore."
Ball and Arnaz were married in 1940, shortly after meeting on the set of "Too Many Girls," but their marriage was not an easy one. They welcomed their daughter in 1951, the same year that they premiered their sitcom "I Love Lucy," and their son Desi Arnaz Jr. in 1953. Seven years later they decided to end things, Fox News noted.
Lucie said her parents knew that their marriage was not working but things got much easier after they split.
"We spent all of our weekends and summers with my dad and my mother for the rest of the time. But they were very pleasant with each other about visitation and who got to go with who and when. There was never a moment of animosity after that at all," she said.
Although the couple called it quits and had both remarried, there was always chemistry between them, which is obvious in a scene of the documentary "Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie."
"The way they are with each other, the way they treat one another in the pool is so charming and you'd think they were the oldest married couple in Hollywood," said Lucie. "They hadn't been married to each other for 20-something years, but it's charming…. There was such passion in that marriage that it could have gone either way. But it was a good thing that they were together; they created a lot of good stuff together."
Arnaz eventually died in 1986 at age 69 from lung cancer, while Ball died in 1989 at age 77 of an aortic dissection. Lucie said that despite constantly being in the spotlight, her legendary mom remained humble.
"She was always grateful for all the people who loved that show and who continued to love her until she died," Lucie said. "She was very kind to her fans and always took time for them. She taught me that if they come up and bother you while you're eating your dinner, don't get crazy. If it wasn't for them, we wouldn't have anything. And my father was the same way: very generous, very appreciative, very grateful for every single bit of it. They never got tired of it."
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