Thursday, November 3, 2011

Was Lucy Funny in Real Life?

That was one of the first questions I googled after falling in love with Lucy. I wanted to see the candid Lucy with her humorous replies and all. To my surprise, sources confirmed that Lucille Ball was actually a rather serious person. Of course, she had her fair share of humor. But she only did what she did when necessary.

In contrast, her real life husband Desi Arnaz, being the level headed Ricky Ricardo in I Love Lucy, was the one with a great sense of humor. In the early years of their marriage while residing in the Chatsworth Ranch in San Fernando Valley, California, Desi dug out a huge swimming pool, built a bathhouse and held lots of parties there. He embraced life; he was the centre of attention and he enjoyed entertaining people while Lucy was always in the background, rather quiet, with adoring eyes on Desi.

Of course, she was unreserved when with Desi. In my opinion, she trusted him enough to be completely herself. She could be childlike, playful, painfully frank, serious, extremely hot tempered and even vulgar. She was totally in love with Desi- she worshiped him.

All their possessions and properties were christened Desilu, a combination of their names. Desi showered her with priceless jewelry and they too, were engraved with "To Lucy" on one side, and "Love, Desi" on the other. Desi wore a gold Saint Christopher's medal, engraved "darling".

Desi carried a gold lighter engraved "Dear Desi, my love for you will last longer than this lighter, I betcha, Lucy." Who knew that her love for him endured through her first marriage, divorce, and eventual marriage to Gary. For decades- even today, fans of Desi and Lucy still sense the lingering bittersweet love that brings tears to one's eyes. Thanks to I Love Lucy, marriages around the world are still being saved.

It's the passionate, wholesome and enduring love that makes Desi Arnaz and Lucille ball so famous.

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