A biography of Edith Mack Hirsch
A still of Edith and Desi
|Full Name||Edith Mack Hirsch(née McSkimming)|
|Date of birth||15/04/1917|
|Age||67 as on her date of death 25/03/1985|
|Eye colour||Sky Blue|
|Marital status||Married(Spouse – Desi Arnaz)|
|Children||None(Stepmom of Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr.)|
Edith Mack Hirsch was the wife of the famous Cuban-born American actor, musician, bandleader, comedian and film and television producer, Desi Arnaz.
Early Life and Education
A still of modern Illinois (image for reference purposes only)
Edith Mack Hirsch was born as Edith Mack McSkimming on April 15, 1917, in Illinois, United States of America. She has never disclosed information on her parents or her siblings. But it is known that she loved traveling and exploring. She was also known to be kind and helpful to people suggesting that she had a very good upbringing.
A young Edith Hirsch
The early 20th century was a very different time. Education was not very prevalent and higher studies were almost unheard of. However, Edith’s parents did send her to school. She went to a local high school in Illinois, where she grew up and was reportedly a very bright student and received good grades. After graduating from high school, she did not attend college and focused more on her career.
Personal life and marriage
A still of Lucille(Desi’s ex-wife) and Desi
Edith was Desi Arnaz’s second wife. Desi was previously married to Lucille Ball, who was known to have a beauty rivaling her own. Desi wed Lucille on November 30, 1940. They had two children together – a daughter, Lucille and a son, Desi Arnaz Jr. Their marriage was reportedly marred with controversies. Desi’s alcoholism, womanizing strained their marriage tremendous pressure of performance from his studio strained their marriage. They divorced in 1960.
The marriage of Edith and Desi
A still of Desi’s son, Desi Arnaz Jr.
A still of Desi’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz
Three years after his divorce, Desi met Edith and was immediately attracted to her by virtue of her sheer beauty. They started dating and later married on March 2, 1963. This time, Desi put an effort to make his marriage as strong as he could. He cut his time from his career and put more focus on his marriage. The couple wasn’t blessed with any children of their own but Edith remained a loving stepmom to Lucie and Desi Jr.
Unlike his first marriage with Lucille, his marriage with Edith did not make a lot of headlines. After Arnaz’s semi-retirement, the couple moved to California. Their marriage was strong and ended only with the tragic death of Edith. They were married for almost 23 years.
Fame and net worth
A still of Desi Arnaz
Edith, in general, kept her career well under wraps and her fame mainly stems from her marriage with the wildly popular actor, Desi Arnaz. It is rumoured that she was an actress and a model before she wed Desi. The rumours were mainly a result of her jaw-dropping beauty.
Her husband, on the other hand, was one of the most famous actors of his time. He is known for movies like “The Long, Long Trailer”, “The Navy Comes Through”, “Four Jacks and a Jill”, “I Love Lucy”. By the end of his career, he had amassed a massive net worth of an estimated $20 million.
Almost 23 years into her marriage, Edith passed away on March 25th, 1985 from an undisclosed form of cancer. She was 67 years old when she died.
A newspaper clipping outlining the death of Desi Arnaz
Her husband also died from lung cancer just a year later, on December 2, 1986.
1) Edith was reportedly always helpful to people during her upbringing.
2) Her husband, Desi Arnaz also had a hotel business ‘Desi Arnaz West Hills Hotel’ which he started in the year 1957. The hotel consists of 42 rooms and a restaurant featuring his recipes.
3) She was reportedly good friends with her husband’s ex-wife, Lucille.
4) Before marrying Desi, Edith was married to Clement L. Hirsch. However, the date of the marriage or divorce is not known.
5) Her astrological sign is Leo.