Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Vintage wedding - Lucy and "Ricky"

My all time favorite funny lady is Lucille Ball. I Love Lucy has and always will be one of my top three favorite shows of all time. It doesn't matter how many times I've seen an episode - I'll watch it again.

The movie Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter slightly traumatized my young life. As a kid I honestly thought that they were a happily married couple, so it was sad for me to find out that they had their pens poised above the divorce decree for the entire run of the show.

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were married on November 30, 1940 and then filed for divorce in 1944, but did not dissolve their marriage. They stayed married for the full run of both I Love Lucy and The Lucy Desi Comedy Hour before finally divorcing in 1960.

Lucille Ball's Wedding Portrait

Photo from Getty Images

[Update 6/15/2011 - this dress is actually from The Long, Long Trailer. Check it out]

The dress has a low sweetheart neckline, but is still very modest thanks to the lace overlay and sleeves. I love the flame-red hair, lips and nails. Unfortunately I couldn't find any pictures of Desi from their first wedding, but I'm sure he looked handsome.

Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz at their second wedding

Photo from Corbis

The couple had a second wedding in 1949 and both were in white. The bride's style looks more youthful here than it did in the formal gown above. She has a full skirt, floral headpiece, sheer lace gloves, and a knotted wrap around her shoulders. The groom looks great in a white suit with a dark tie and pocketsquare.

I'm still sad that their romance ended, but I'll always love them together.


Info and dates from imdb.com and the always-reliable wikipedia.


  1. Aw, Lucy and Ricky! That second picture is fairly racy for a couple that slept in separate beds. HAHA.

    Even though he was a philanderer and they ended up divorcing, I still consider theirs to be a great love story. Not many people have their relationship (or a fictionalized version of it) immortalized on one of the most popular TV shows ever!

  2. I agree - I love their story. And now that I think of it most of the great love stories do end in tragedy or sadness. That's amore.

    Remember the few times their double bed was pushed together? Those episodes made me drop my monocle and exclaim "Well, I NEVER!"

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  4. They had their fair share of problems that weren't exposed to the public, but even after they divorced they still cared deeply for one another and never spoke ill of each other. What they showed the public was the things that made their marriage last as long as it did - the laughter and the love, and especially little things (like little kisses and gestures) that made it obvious to the world just how deep their love really was. When they danced or performed musical numbers together, Lucy and Ricky disappeared but Lucille and Desi appeared. I'm sad that they didn't grow old together, too... they were obviously soul mates.

  5. Desi beat her, I have no idea how that makes them a great couple. She suffered for many many years because he was abusive.

  6. Anonymous, you're the only one who called them a great couple. I think most of us are pretty bummed out about their personal lives.

    Do you go out of your way to Google things that will piss you off?

  7. Speaking solely to the vintage clothing end, thanks for dating the photo, Kay. I knew that dress couldn't have been from the early forties! Have you found any photos of the first wedding? Just curious


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