Real-Life Ricardos: Domineering Desi Kept Lucy Under His Thumb

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When Lucille Ball first met Desi Arnaz she had a black eye and was wearing a slinky gold lame dress slit halfway up the thigh. She was in costume as a stripper for the 1940 movie Dance, Girl, Dance, and Desi thought she “looked like a two-dollar whore who had been badly beaten by her pimp.” Lucille barely gave him a thought as they were introduced at the studio commissary by director George Abbott. She couldn’t even remember the Cuban’s funny Spanish sounding name. It was an inauspicious start to one of Hollywood’s most tumultuous romances. Several hours later, however, Lucille wandered back o…

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