Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, the power couple of 1950’s and 1960’s television, certainly left an indelible mark on television history and culture. Forming the production company “Desilu” and creating the iconic show, I Love Lucy, the two were not only professional partners but were deeply in love for two decades, eventually going through a divorce in 1960. On April 26th, 1989—nearly thirty years later—Lucille Ball sadly passed away from a dissecting aortic aneurysm.

Lucille Ball’s Daughter Reveals Her Last Words to Desi Arnaz Before Her Death
Lucie Arnaz, their daughter and actress, is the sole witness to what were possibly the last words Lucille Ball ever spoke. In a recent interview for the Los Angeles Times, Lucie Arnaz divulged what her mother said just days before her death. She said her mother had called and told her to get on the next flight and “just come home.” Arnaz did not know what was wrong at the time but went with her gut feeling and flew into Los Angeles. When she arrived, Lucille said something that took her breath away: “It was an exquisite, powerful moment that I will never forget and that I’m so grateful I experienced.”

Lucie Arnaz’s Reveal of Lucille Ball’s Final Words
Lucie Arnaz went on to explain that Lucille had asked her to get Desi on the phone and that, upon his arrival, she told him, “Desi, I know I haven’t been a very good wife for a long time. But I want you to know that I’ve always loved you.” Of course, all of the people in the room were, naturally, completely and utterly shocked—there had been a significant amount of hurt and acrimony between the two of them in the past.

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s Enduring Love Story
Although the two of them were divorced, it certainly doesn’t seem like the love had totally gone away for either of them. In fact, it seems as though some of that love—at least on Lucille’s part—was still very much alive and well. Even in her last few moments, she was still able to express something that many of us only ever wish we could: that she had always loved her ex-husband, no matter what the past held.

Desi Arnaz’s Response to Lucille Ball’s Last Words
What Lucille Ball spoke to Desi Arnaz likely resonated with him just as much as it did with those who heard it. Although the specifics of their conversation are unknown, it can be assumed that, in that moment, Arnaz was receiving some sort of closure and validation from his one-time lover.

Lucie Arnaz’s Thoughts On This Powerful Moment
Lucie Arnaz stated that, upon hearing her mother’s words, “It was just a moment of two people who were once in love, acknowledging that love at the very end of their lives.”

The Lasting Legacy of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz
The legacy of the iconic Actors and producers has endured for decades, and their iconic television series, I Love Lucy, has been one of the most influential shows in the history of television. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz brought life, fun, and joy to millions of viewers around the world, with their trademark slapstick physical comedy and contagious laughs.

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz served as an embodiment of the love and joy that comes along with a successful relationship, and their last moment of acknowledgment demonstrates how powerful and lasting a love can truly be. No matter how much time has gone by, a shared connection and love for two people can remain strong and pure.

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s relationship was not only professionally successful, but it seems like they had some genuine tenderness and love that was very much alive until the very end. Luckily, Lucille Arnaz was the one to witness her mother’s last words and have her final goodbye. Their exchanges between them remind us that no matter how much time has gone by, love can transcend any time-space boundaries—and have a lasting impact.