"It wasn't love at first sight. It took a full five minutes." —Lucy
"I started calling her 'Lucy' shortly after we met; I didn't like the name 'Lucille.' That name had been used by other men. 'Lucy' was mine alone. That's how, eventually, our television show was called 'I Love Lucy,' not 'I Love Lucille.' " —Desi
"I sensed in Desi a great need. Beneath that dazzling charm was a homeless boy who had no one to care for him, worry about him, love him." —Lucy
"Lucy and I would love furiously and fight furiously." —Desi
Lucy and Desi were married in November 1940. By 1944, Lucy had filed for divorce. But the couple reconciled; they even renewed their vows in 1949.
"[Desi's playboy reputation] intrigued me. I was amazed at myself saying yes after knowing him only six months. Everybody gave it about a year and a half. I gave it six weeks. I thought it was the most daring thing I'd ever done, and it certainly was." —Lucy
"The day before I knew she was to appear in court seeking the [divorce]—I wasn't going to contest it—I called her. 'How are you?' 'I'm fine,' she answered. 'What are you doing tonight?' I asked. 'Nothing particular. You know I'm divorcing you tomorrow morning.'
"'Yeah, I know that, but what are you doing tonight?' " —Desi
"If you don't believe he's a great producer, I got two little Arnazes at home to prove it." —Lucy
"In later years Lucy would say, '"Too Many Girls"' was not only the title of your first show, it is the story of your life.' She never missed a chance to come up with a crack like that." —Desi
They divorced for good in 1960. As Lucy later recalled, she and Desi were filming on the day she filed for divorce:
"In the episode ... to disguise myself, I wore a chauffeur's uniform with cap and mustache. In the final scene, Desi was supposed to pull me into an embrace, mustache and all, and kiss me. When the scene arrived and the cameras closed in for that final embrace, we just looked at each other, and then Desi kissed me, and we both cried. It marked the end of so many things."
"[Lucy] had a quality which was rare; you can count the women who have had it on the fingers of one hand. ... While doing the wild antics of a clown, disheveled, rain-soaked, disregarding how she looked even with mud all over her, [she] could make you laugh, and yet at the same time make you want to go to bed with her." —Desi
''I was very proud of him. I still am. He built an empire. It was unfortunate that he also liked to let things fall apart. But there are a lot of people like that. They build and they destroy.'' —Lucy
"We spent 20 years together; many happy moments and many unhappy moments came and went during that time. It is a precious God-given gift that I mostly remember the happy ones. I hope she was given the same gift." —Desi
"I hate failure, and that divorce was a number-one failure in my eyes. It was the worst period of my life. Neither Desi nor I have been the same since, physically or mentally." —Lucy
"'I Love Lucy' was never just a title." —Desi
"You know, it's the damnedest thing. Goddamnit, I didn't think I'd get this upset. There he goes." —Lucy, on the day Desi died
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