When they were having the baby and we did the shows about the birth of Little Ricky [which coincided with the birth of their real life child], Desi was terribly emotional about her. He really was crazy about her. You could feel how they felt.
William Asher, director
Rest in Peace Desi Arnaz
» (March 2, 1917 – December 2, 1986)
In 1986, Desi Arnaz died of lung cancer in his Del Mar home, which he had received in the divorce decree 27 years earlier. Director William Asher shared a story with Palm Springs Life that best illustrates the heart and soul of the union between the famous comedienne and her hot blooded Cuban lover.
“She visited him in Del Mar a week before he died,” Asher reveals. “By this time his ailments included emphysemia and the colostomy he’d had for a couple of years. Desi was out of it, disoriented. When it came time for Lucy to leave, Desi said, ‘Where are you going?’ “I’m going home,” Lucy responded.
“You are home,” Desi said.
Happy Wedding Anniversary, Lucy & Desi | m. November 30, 1940
Lucy and Desi spoke once more in the final days before his death on December 2, 1986. As Lucie remembers, “I got on the phone with my mother and said, ‘He’s barely speaking. He didn’t eat any of the dinner we fixed. He hasn’t eaten in three days. I don’t even know if he’ll understand what you’re saying, but I’ll put the phone up to his ear.’ She said, ‘oh, okay.’ She was always trying to be so brave. You could hear her voice cracking. I put the phone up to Dad’s ear in the bed. And he gave me a look that said, ‘Who is it?’ And I said, ‘It’s the redhead.’ He just listened, and I heard what she said. She just said the same thing over and and over again. It was muffled, but you could clearly make out it was the same thing over and over again.
“It was, ‘I love you. I love you. Desi, I love you.’ You could even hear the intonations of the voice change, how she meant each one, the interpretations. And I just sat there, trying not to show him I was listening, because I had to hold the phone. I couldn’t get out of the room. He couldn’t hold the phone. And he said, ‘I love you, too, honey.’ Really, my mother was the last person he talked to, because he died about forty-eight hours later.”
“Until I went back into my little diary,” concludes Lucie, “I never put it together that the date this happened was November 30 - the same date as their wedding anniversary.”
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Best Lucy/Ricky moment: Celebrating their anniversary together, secretly, in their closet, while unsuspecting guests were waiting to throw them a surprise party just outside the door.
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Happy birthday to Lucy & Desi’s pride and joy, Lucie Arnaz! Born 17 July 1951
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