What kind of person sells love letters and lifetime achievement awards that belonged to Lucille Ball, in direct opposition to Lucille Ball’s daughter herself, Lucie Arnaz? Susie Morton, that’s who. With a heart that seems to be made of stone and only out for money, Susie Morton, third wife of Lucille Ball’s second husband, Gary Morton has decided to sell Lucille Ball’s love letters and her lifetime achievement awards in an auction on Saturday.
Lucille Ball’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz, has done everything she could to block the sale, even going to court to try to stop the auction. In court, she won an injunction against the sale but the judge then forced her to put up $250,000 to pay for the restraining order and Arnaz cannot afford it. All Lucie Arnaz wants are the love letters, lifetime achievement awards and other Lucille Ball memorabilia so she can donate them to a museum for all of Lucille Ball’s fans to see. Susie Morton says the items are hers and she’s selling.
Knowing what an icon Lucille Ball was to the American TV and movie industry and to generations of Americans, it takes a special kind of person to sell memorabilia that rightfully should be in a museum, particularly when you don’t need the money.
When Lucille Ball married Gary Morton he eventually became her manager and executive producer of many of her shows. Through the years, Morton became a very wealthy man, even amassing a large car collection. When Lucille Ball died, she was still married to Gary Morton, who received a large portion of her estate. This was then passed onto Susie Morton when Gary Morton died of cancer in 1999. Lucille Ball was married to Morton for almost 30 years. Susie Morton was only married to Gary for three years.
Regardless of the money issue though, most people with admirable morals would have passed on the love letters, lifetime achievement awards and other Lucille Ball memorabilia to the rightful owners – her family.
Susie Morton may ‘own’ these items because she automatically inherited them when Gary Morton died, but if you have one iota of decency in your body, these are not items most people would keep for themselves – or sell at auction.
Let’s hope many people feel like myself and either won’t bid on these items, causing the sale to be a failure, or bid on them and then donate them to a museum in Lucille Ball’s name. At least Lucille Ball’s rightful heir, her daughter Lucie, would be happy, as would most of Lucille Ball’s millions of adoring fans.
Lucille Ball letters, awards to be sold at auction – Yahoo News