Edith Mack Hirsch was the wife of late Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III, a Cuban-American actor, musician, and TV producer popularly known as Desi Arnaz. Although he was involved in a lot of works, Desi is best remembered for playing the role of Ricky Ricardo on the television series, I Love Lucy. Like many other wives of celebrities, Edith came to the limelight as a result of her marriage to the incredible entertainer and even though she may have achieved a number of milestones in her lifetime, she will always be best remembered for being the actor’s second wife.
Edith Mack Hirsch’s Bio
Edith Mack Hirsch was born Edith Mack McSkimming on April 15, 1917, in Illinois, the United States of America. To date, details about the identity of her parents, whether or not she has siblings, her childhood, and academic background, are not known.
Actually, most available information about her revolves around her husband Desi Arnaz but we can get to know more about her in the subsequent passages of this piece.
Before getting married to Desi Arnaz, Edith Mack Hirsch, just like the actor, had also been married once. She was the ex-wife of a man named Clement L. Hirsch, a citizen of America born on April 26, 1914, in St. Louis, Missouri. Although the date they got married and how long they lasted before parting ways is not known, it is on record that they had separated for a long time before Edith decided to give a second shot at marriage. In addition to the uncertainty of their marriage timeline, whether or not they had children together is also unknown.
The only other factual information about Clement L. Hirsch is his death. Records have it that he passed on at age 85 on March 15, 2000, in Newport Beach, Orange, California.
Facts About Edith Mack Hirsch
Her marriage to the famous actor
Being one of the biggest names in the entertainment industry at the time, and a handsome young man at that, it was easy for women to fall for Desi Arnaz. However, only two women – Lucille Ball and Edith Mack Hirsch possessed what it took to make him walk down the aisle. Simply put, the actor was married twice while he lived.
He was first married to Lucille Ball on the 30th of November 1940 but neither of them ever enjoyed their union to the fullest as it was marred by a lot of turbulent times. At a point in September 1944, Ball, who was convinced that Arnaz was cheating on her in addition to coming home drunk on countless occasions, filed for an annulment. However, prior to the interlocutory decree being made final, she went back to him and the marriage continued, producing two children, both actors – Lucie Arnaz, who was born in 1951 and Desi Arnaz Jr., born in 1953.
Unfortunately, their union was thrown under the weight of Arnaz’s increasing alcohol and womanizing issues which he chose as an escape from the pressures that came with managing his production company. Consequently, Ball reopened her initial divorce process and this time, saw it through as it was finalized in 1960.
Three years after being tossed back into the world of single men, Arnaz decided to give marriage a second chance so he tied the knot with Edith Mack Hirsch in a ceremony which took place on March 2, 1963. In an attempt to make it work this time, he cut down on his showbiz activities to a great extent.
Edith Mack Hirsch and Arnaz’s first wife were friends
Often times in most Hollywood movies, couples usually meet through a mutual friend and this could be the case with Edith and Desi Arnaz. In her book Love, Lucy, Lucile Ball revealed that she was “good friends” with Edith and that she had known her many years and was happy that her ex-husband got married to her.
The cause of her death
Edith Mack Hirsch died at the age of 67 on March 25, 1985, in Del Mar, California. According to reports, she died from cancer. Sadly, barely a year after she lost the fight to cancer, her husband was also diagnosed with cancer of the lung and subsequently died on December 2, 1986, at 69. On April 18, 1989, Lucille Ball followed at the age of 77 due to an abdominal aortic aneurysm.