While some people are remembered for what they did, some others make headlines for what they possibly failed to do, and many others still, by their associations and relationships. Edith Mack Hirsch belongs to the latter group. Though she may have reached many milestones and done incredible things while she lived, she will always be remembered as the wife of the late actor, Desi Arnaz.
Who Was Edith Mack Hirsch?
On the 15th of April 1917, the state of Illinois in the United States grew in number by one when Edith Mack McSkimming announced her arrival. She was born under the star sign of Aries. There are no known details about her early life, family background, or educational information. Notwithstanding, we can learn a great deal about her via the following facts.
Here Are 5 Facts You Need To Know About Her
1. She was married to a famous man
Edith Mack Hirsch’s ticket to fame was her marriage to Desi Arnaz (b. March 2, 1917). Arnaz was a man of many talents, a Cuban-born American screen master. He was an actor, a musician, and a television producer.
Arnaz left the earth to the great beyond more than three decades ago but is still widely remembered today for his portrayal of Ricky Ricardo on the television sitcom I Love Lucy. While the show lasted, he shared the screen with another force to reckon with in the entertainment industry at the time, his once upon a time wife and forever love, dramatic and comedic actress Lucille Ball (1911-1989). The duo was still married at the time.
He also produced several other television series including The Ann Sothern Show and The Untouchables. He was also known as the foreman of the Latin music band, the Desi Arnaz Orchestra. After his divorce from his first wife in 1960, Desi got married to Edith on March 2, 1963, in Miami, Florida, and they were married until her death in 1985. Lucile got remarried to stand-up comedian, Gary Morton.
2. Desi Arnaz wasn’t her first husband
Prior to clicking on the fame button by marrying Arnaz, like her famous husband who was married once before, she was formerly the wife of Clement L. Hirsch.
Hirsch was an American national born in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 26, 1914. It is not known when they tied the knots or how long they were married but they have long been separated before Edith embarked on her second marital journey.
Besides the vagueness of their relationship timeline, it is also not known if they had any children together. The only other known fact about her first husband is his death record. His earthly sojourn ended on March 15, 2000, at the age of 85, in Newport Beach, Orange, California.
On the other hand, Arnaz made the headlines for his tumultuous marriage with Lucile Ball. They tied the knot on November 30, 1940, but their union was anything but blissful. Ball decided to put an end to their marriage in 1944 by filing for a divorce in September of that year, on the grounds of infidelity and drunkenness on her husband’s part. Ultimately, the couple got back together and started a family. They welcomed two kids; a daughter named Lucie Arnaz (born in 1951) and a son named after his father arrived two years later. Both of their kids are actors.
3. Edith Mack Hirsch was good friends with Lucille Ball
If you are familiar with most relationship storylines in Tinseltown, the couples almost always meet through a mutual friend. The plot could also be the same with Edith and Desi. She was good friends with Lucile Ball as revealed by the latter in her bio Love Lucy. Ball also wrote that she had known Edith for years and was pleased her former husband married her.
We are not, however, implying that Arnaz met Edith through Ball but it is possible that being friends, she may have come to know Arnaz through his first wife. Whatever be the case, the duo did meet through a channel, hooked up, and eventually got married.
4. She could easily pass as Lucile’s twin
The two women in the actor’s life were not only good friends, but they also shared a striking resemblance. Some sources reported it as Desi married Lucile’s double.
5. Her cause of death
Edith Mack Hirsch’s life and death were as low-key as can be despite being a celebrity’s wife. Many are probably still wondering if she is still alive and her whereabouts but the woman has long made her eternal exit from the earth, more than three decades ago.
She passed away in Del Mar, California, on the 25th of March 1985, at the age of 67. The cause of her death is believed to be cancer. Her husband got diagnosed with lung cancer the following year and died on December 2, 1986, at 69. Lucille followed on 26th April 1989.