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Power Couples: When Lucy Met Desi, She Lied About Her Age

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Hollywood's favorite redhead, Lucille Ball, would have turned 100 on Saturday. The nation is celebrating, from a marathon of I Love Lucy episodes to a festival of hundreds of Lucy look-alikes. Take a look back at the comedienne's remarkable life in photos on The Daily Beast: Lucille Ball At 100: I Love Lucy Star's Life In Photos

Did you know? Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball eloped together in 1940 and lied about their ages on the marriage certificate. In a time when it was frowned upon for a woman to be older than her husband, the 29-year-old actress lessened their six-year age gap by claiming she 26. Arnaz also listed 25 even though he was actually 23. Four years later, Ball filed for divorce, but because the couple lived together during the one-year waiting period, the divorce was considered void. Nevertheless, the two reconciled and helped launch each other's careers, making them one of the most influential couples in the entertainment industry.

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