If I weren't feeling so lazy now, I'd reach over and get my copy of "A Book"
to see. LOL.
I don't know who exactly "Edith" is, but my copy of "A Book" [Desi
must have done some really heavy soul searching before he came up with
that name!] has the following inscription:
"Dedico este libro a mi esposa cariñosa, Esther Rolle."
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Edith Mack Hirsch died in 1985. She was a redhead, like Lucy. While
Desi found some happiness with Edith, it didn't really stop his
gambling and drinking ways. Lucy says in her bio, "Love Lucy" that she
had known Edith for years, and was pleased that they had gotten
married. When Edith died, Lucy made extra efforts to keep in touch
with Desi, as his health was not so good at the time.
Lucy did find true happiness and stability with Gary Morton (I have a
Lucy video that ERRONIOUSLY states that she was married to GARRY
MOORE, of I've Got a Secret fame). In fact, she was married to him
longer than Desi. Desi had respect for Gary, and kidded him a lot
about Gary outlasting him with Lucy.
While Gary made occasional guest appearances on The Lucy Show, Desi
never appeared on camera again for Lucy. Lucy had asked Desi on
various occasions to be on the show, but Desi prefered just producing.
In fact, Desi didn't appear on camera again until the 70s. Most
notable of his appearances was on Saturday Night Live. Desi relished
the idea of doing live TV. The producers had to keep Desi away from
the crew, because Desi kept trying to supervise the crew as he used to
do with Desilu. They reminded him that they only hired him to host the
show and perform. According to the Saturday Night Live book, everyone
loved working with Desi. Lorne, however, was concerned about Desi's
stamina. While singing "Cuban Pete" and later "Babalu", he came to
life, displaying the same energy he had 20 years ago. Lorne could see
in close up shots that Desi's lips were turning blue and thought he
might collapse on live TV. Of course, Desi was fine.
Desi played a matador, Raphael Del Gado, on several episodes of "The
Mothers-in-Law" from 1967 through 1969.
Nope! See http://us.imdb.com/Name?Arnaz,+Desi
He did guest shots on The Virginian, Laugh-In, and other shows, in addition
to his own show, "The Mothers-in-Law".