Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz's daughter shares details of her parents' 'horrible' divorce

Lucie Arnaz is opening up about her parents' tumultuous divorce in a revealing new interview.

Lucie, who was 9 when her parents, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, got divorced, spoke to Closer Weekly for their latest issue about the contentious nature of their split and the real reason why they weren't able to stay together.

"They were fighting all the time when we were growing up," Lucie, now 67, said. "There was a lot of anger and screaming. Their divorce was horrible."

Lucille and Desi got divorced in 1960, 20 years after they eloped after just six months of dating in 1940. They welcomed Lucie in 1951 and their son, Desi Jr., in 1953. During that time, the internationally-beloved couple starred for six years together on "I Love Lucy," which attracted 40 million viewers on a weekly basis and raked in millions for the couple.

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(Original Caption) Comedienne Lucille Ball takes a break on a Hollywood TV film set to play hostess to her own youngsters at a movie 'soda fountain.' Daughter Lucie Arnaz was making her acting debut with her mother in the Lucy Show to be shown on the CBS-TV network on March 4th. Son Desi Arnaz Jr., was just visiting this time.
circa 1965: Outdoor portrait of American comedic actor Lucille Ball (1911 - 1989) posing behind a tree branch with her second husband Gary Morton (1924 - 1999), and her children Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 27: Portrait of Lucille Ball, right, and her daughter, Lucie Arnaz. Image dated October 27, 1965. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 27: Portrait of Lucille Ball, left, and her family, Lucie Arnaz, Desi Arnaz, Jr. and her husband Gary Morton. Image dated October 27, 1965. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
Cuban-born American actor, comedian, and musician Desi Arnaz (1917 - 1986) (born Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III) (right) poses with his children, son (and future actor and musician) Desi Arnaz Jr and daughter (and a future actress) Lucie Arnaz, June 3, 1966. The family were together to celebrate the Desi Jr's high school graduation. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Lucille Ball and her pretty daughter, Lucie Arnaz, 16, are shown at the party the red-haired star hosted on behalf of her current movie, 'Yours, Mine and Ours'. Lucy's namesake daughter will embark on an acting career this fall, when she debuts on her mother's TV series.
Phil Vandervoort and Lucie Arnaz during Chuck Connors 3rd Annual Charity Invitational Golf Tournament at Palm Springs Golf Course in Palm Springs, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Phil Vandervoort and Lucie Arnaz during 'A Boy and Girl' Premiere at United Artists Westwood Theater in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY, UNITED STATES - MARCH 11: Lucie Arnaz, daughter of Lucille Ball and Phil Vandervoort attend the International Radio and TV Society Gold Medal Awards at the Waldorf Astoria on March 11 1971 in New York City. (Photo by Tom Wargacki/WireImage)
Lucie Arnaz with Phil Rappaport. She is wearing pink beaded poncho; circa 1970; New York. (Photo by Art Zelin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, UNITED STATES - MARCH 11: Lucille Ball with her daugther Lucie Arnaz attend the International Radio and TV Society Gold Medal Awards at the Waldorf Astoria on March 11 1971 in New York City. (Photo by Tom Wargacki/WireImage)
Lucie Arnaz during Second Bridal Shower Luncheon for Lucie Arnaz at Private Estate in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Gary Morton, Lucie Arnaz and Phil Vandervoort during Bridal Shower Luncheon for Lucie Arnaz at South Beverly Restaurant in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 22: Lucie Arnaz, Ben Davidson (of the Oakland Raiders) and Teresa Graves on the SECOND SUPER COMEDY BOWL. Image dated November 22, 1971. Original air date, January 12, 1972. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
American actress Lucie Arnaz, the daughter of actors Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, circa 1972. (Photo by Henry Gris/FPG/Getty Images)
Lucille Ball and Lucie Arnaz (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
1974 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS - Airdate: February 19, 1974. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) CHUCK BERRY;LUCIE ARNAZ
circa 1975: A studio portrait of actress Lucie Arnaz, wearing a short-sleeved shirt and striped pants, gripping her beaded necklace. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Lucie Arnaz during 31st Annual Golden Apple Awards at Waldorf Astoria in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Lucie Arnaz during Record Album Party at The Blue Angel - December 1, 1978 at The Blue Angel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
FANTASY ISLAND - 'Cornelius and Alphonse' / 'The Choice' - Airdate: May 6, 1979. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) LUCIE ARNAZ
American singer-songwriter Neil Diamond with actress and singer Lucie Arnaz, his co-star in the film 'The Jazz Singer', circa 1980. (Photo by Richard Blanshard/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 07: Lucie Arnaz & Phil Vandervort (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Lucie Arnaz during 1982 Theatre World Awards at Sheraton Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Lucie Arnaz during Celebrity Sightings at Roseland Nightclub - June 10, 1985 at Roseland Nightclub in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Lucie Arnaz and Lucille Ball (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Lucie Arnaz and Laurence Luckinbill during 'Gypsy' Los Angeles Opening Night at Dorothy Chandler Pavillion in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Desi Arnaz Jr. and Lucie Arnaz during Television Academy Hall of Fame Awards at Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Lucie Arnaz and Alec Baldwin during Drama League's 75th Anniversary Party at Pierre Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Gwen Verdon, Lucie Arnaz and Carol Channing during New Dramatists Lifetime Achievement Award To Neil Simon at Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Lucie Arnaz during Liza Minnelli Replaces Julie Andrews In 'Victor/Victoria' at Marquis Theater in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Lucie Arnaz during The Actor's Fund of America tribute to Cameron Mackintosh at New York Hilton Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
The stars of the new musical 'The Witches of Eastwick' (L-R) Joanna Riding, Ian McShane, Lucie Arnaz and Maria Friedman, outside the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London, at the press launch of the musical which opens in May. * Mr McShane stars as Darryl Van Horne. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 02: (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Lucie Arnaz attends 'CBS at 75' television gala at the Hammerstein Ballroom November 02, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - JUNE 6: Lucie Arnaz attends 2005 - 2006 Theatre World Awards at Studio 54 on June 6, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by David X. Prutting/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Lucie Arnaz during 5th Annual TV Land Awards - Arrivals at Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, CA, United States. (Photo by J.Sciulli/WireImage)
Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz, Jr. during 5th Annual TV Land Awards - Arrivals at Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, CA, United States. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
SMASH -- World Premiere -- Pictured: Lucie Arnaz at the world-premiere of SMASH at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on January 26, 2012 -- Photo by: Charles Sykes/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 07: Lucie Arnaz attends a Gala Benefit Concert after party for 'Chita: A Legendary Celebration' at Blue Fin on October 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 26: Actress/singer Lucie Arnaz attends the 2015 Abingdon Theatre Company Gala held at Espace on October 26, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 26: (EDITORS NOTE : Image was processed using digital filters) Actress/singer Lucie Arnaz speaks to the media during the 2015 Abingdon Theatre Company Gala held at Espace on October 26, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Lucie Arnaz and Tommy Tune pose at the opening night of 'The Band's Visit' on Broadway at The Ethel Barrymore Theatre on November 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/Getty Images)
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Behind the scenes, though, their relationship was deteriorating.

"There was the alcoholism," Lucie explained. "I had preferred those things had never been there. We didn't have any abuse, but we did go through some pretty hard stuff and that's why my parents didn't stay together."

Though both stars would go on to get remarried (Lucille to comedian, Gary Morton, and Desi to his neighbor, Edie Hirsch), "I Love Lucy" director William Asher thinks that they were the loves of each other's lives.

"I think she always loved him, and there's no question that he loved her always," Asher said.

Things you didn't know about Lucille Ball:

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1. Lucy Became a Monster

As Ball aged, she did become somewhat embittered; in his recently published diaries, Richard Burton—no saint himself—said of her, “She is a monster of staggering charmlessness and monumental lack of humor.” This during the forced and awkward appearance Burton and his wife Elizabeth Taylor made on the 1970s show Here’s Lucy. To be fair, though, she never really recovered after her 1960 divorce from Arnaz, whom she truly loved: “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, mentally or physically.”

2. Lucy’s Teeth Were Bugged

In 1974, Ball told Dick Cavett a story about hearing a “tapping” noise inside her head after receiving new dental fillings during WWII. As she passed a specific location the sound grew stronger, and seemed to be relaying a message, as in Morse code. She alerted the authorities, who discovered a Japanese radio transmitter hidden in the wilds of Los Angeles; it was sending signals back to the enemy.

3. Lucy Really Disliked Liza

As her children grew older, Ball grew watchful of their friendships and romances; their reputation was tied in with hers. But it seems Desi, Jr., got the brunt of her criticism: Ball put a stop to it when her son was dating Liza Minnelli, saying, “I miss Liza, but you cannot domesticate Liza.” She similarly saw red a few years earlier, when Desi, Jr., was seeing Patty Duke, a disaffection that played itself out in the tabloids.

4. Why Viv Looked Frumpy

Though it has long been rumored that, during the run of I Love Lucy, Vivian Vance was contractually required to remain 20 pounds heavier than Ball, this seems to be an urban myth, spawned by the facts that Vance’s makeup was lighter, she didn’t wear false eyelashes, and her hair was arranged in less sophisticated ways, all making her look frumpier than Ball. In addition, Vance did gain and lose weight over the course of the series, lending credence to the story. And then there was the matter of a joke contract, drawn up by Ball and stating Vance must gain five pounds a week and never receive more laughs than the star. Circulated at a party, this jocular document took on the shape of reality as the decades passed.

5. Was Lucy a Communist?!

Shockingly, there was a moment during the height of her fame when Ball was accused of communism. Almost 20 years earlier, she had signed a registration card saying she “intended to vote the Communist Party ticket,” supposedly at the instigation of her left-leaning grandfather (socialist politics were very big among artists of the ’30s). During a 1953 investigation, Ball claimed that although she did indeed sign the card, she never voted for a Communist and had been a proud Roosevelt supporter. Because of her popularity and fame, the affair blew over; Arnaz told columnist Hedda Hopper, “The only thing red about Lucy is her hair, and even that is not legitimate.”

6. Lucy Liked Her Drinks and Smokes

Though she originally hawked Chesterfield cigarettes, Ball’s actual preference was Philip Morris, which also sponsored I Love Lucy. For libations, she was partial to a glass or two or Early Times whiskey.

8. Lucy and Desi Almost Divorced Early

In 1940, Ball met future husband Desi Arnaz on the film set of Rodgers and Hart’s musical Too Many Girls (having been discovered by Hart in Miami Beach, Arnaz was also in the original Broadway production). A romance blazed and they were married within the year. Unfortunately, their conflicting schedules and Desi’s wandering eye made divorce seem likely by 1944. But they held on, and the possibility of transforming My Favorite Husband into I Love Lucy—complete with a Cuban husband—meant they both would be able to remain in California and begin a family.

9. Lucy Was No Overnight Success

After dropping anchor in Hollywood in 1933, Ball appeared briefly in a number of comedies and musicals, but scored a slightly larger role in the 1937 film Stage Door, thanks to her pal and distant relative Ginger Rogers. Throughout the ’40s she attained the title “Queen of the B’s” as she starred in a string of forgettable films. Radio beckoned, and she scored a hit with My Favorite Husband, which CBS decided to retool for television.

10. Lucy Was a Looker

As a young model in the New York City of the Roaring ’20s, Ball gained exposure as a preferred model for chic dressmaker Hattie Carnegie, who appreciated her svelte figure and long legs. She also became the face (and body) of Chesterfield Cigarettes for one season.

11. Lucy Hated Feathers

She was deathly afraid of birds, a condition she had acquired as a three-year-old when a bird became trapped in her house on the very day her father died of typhoid fever.

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