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Lucille Ball Second Marriage


Lucille Ball Second Marriage, How Lucy and Gary Met:
Gary and Lucy were introduced to one another by her friend Paula Stewart.
Gary: “The first thing I noticed about Lucy was her warmth. The second was her carriage. I mean, she’s like a thoroughbred. When she walks into a room, you know she’s there.”
Source: Coyne S. Sanders, Tom Gilbert. Desilu: The Story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. 1993. pg. 216.
Lucy: “Besides liking his looks, I also liked his sense of humor. Before I met Gary, I hadn’t laughed in years. I’d made other people laugh, but I hadn’t laughed … my love for Gary was slow growth. I liked him before I loved him.”
Source: Coyne S. Sanders, Tom Gilbert. Desilu: The Story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. 1993. pg. 216.

Gary Morton (December 19, 1924 – March 30, 1999) was the second husband of Lucille Ball. He was a stand-up comedian, whose primary venues were the hotels and resorts of the Borscht Belt in upstate New York.
Morton was born Morton Goldaper in New York City of Jewish heritage.

Relationship with Lucille Ball

Morton married American actress Susan Morrow on 17 December 1953. obtaining their marriage license under their real names: Gary Goldaper and Jacqueline Immoor. In August of 1954 they separated and finally on 11 July 1957 his marriage to Morrow was annulled in Los Angeles.

In 1960, Morton met Lucille Ball in New York City a few months before she opened on Broadway in the musical Wildcat. Morton claimed he was always busy working nights, so had not seen the beloved series I Love Lucy. They were married on November 19, 1961 at the Marble Collegiate Church in New York. Morton signed a prenuptial agreement to stifle rumors that he was a gold digger. Morton was 13 years younger than Lucille Ball.

Morton became closely involved in the management of his wife’s career, from the time of their marriage in 1961 throughout the remainder of her career. During Ball’s solo years as the titular head of Desilu Productions, Morton and his brother-in-law, Fred Ball, served on the studio’s Board of Directors in various capacities. Morton’s effectiveness in his duties has, in recent years, come under some scrutiny and criticism. Most notable of these denouncements are those of Herbert F. Solow and Robert H. Justman, whose dealings with Morton during the production of the original Star Trek television series were documented in their 1996 book, Inside Star Trek: The Real Story. Others, including Grant Tinker, have since come forward with their own recollections of Morton’s tenure at Desilu, and most cite Morton’s construction of a “European Street” – a 3/4 scale replica of a European-styled business district street – as being arguably the most wasteful use of studio funds at a time when frugality was a necessity. According to Desilu and Paramount financial records, and as reported by Solow and Justman, not one television or theatrical production was filmed on this set before it was demolished in 1977. If Morton had thought working for Ball would be an easy ride, he was mistaken. By the accounts of all present, it was common for Ball to accuse Morton of “standing around,” and admonish him to shut up or get out. Still, Morton enjoyed the luxurious lifestyle of an avid golfer and car collector.

Lucille Ball Second Marriage

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