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Lucille Ball was an American model and actress, particularly known for her iconic role in the television sitcom ‘I Love Lucy’

InformationDetail
BirthdayAugust 6, 1911
Died onApril 26, 1989
NationalityAmerican
FamousComedienne, School Dropouts, Film & Theater Personalities, Actresses
City/StateNew Yorkers
SpousesDesi Arnaz
SiblingsFredrick Ball
Known asLucille Désirée Ball
Childrens Lucie Arnaz
Universities
  • NA
Birth PlaceJamestown
GenderFemale
FatherHenry Durrell Ball
MotherDesiree Evelyn Hunt
Net Worth$40 million
Sun SignLeo
Born inJamestown
Famous asComedienne, Actress
Died at Age77

// Famous Comedienne

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Who is Lucille Ball?

Lucille Ball was an American model and actress, particularly known for her iconic role in the television sitcom ‘I Love Lucy’. She was a singer, model, actress, businesswoman but most of all a perfectionist. In her early years, she faced a lot of challenges as she moved from one place to other because of some unfortunate events. She was a confident and ambitious girl who never kneeled down in front of adverse circumstances, but always returned to achieve her dreams with greater strength and stronger determination than before. She worked as a model for various firms and as an actress in many movies, Broadway musicals and sitcoms in her lifetime. Her most prominent work was the famous 1950s sitcom ‘I Love Lucy’ in which she portrayed the role of a housewife “Lucy”. The show was highly acclaimed by everyone and became a huge success and created new paths and ideas for next generation of sitcoms. She was the first woman to become the head of a film production company, Desilu, which she started with her husband. She was a free spirit, constantly striving towards her dreams with high hopes and committed efforts. She was always loyal to her work and is remembered for her sincere and extraordinary roles in movies and sitcoms.

// Famous School Dropouts

Childhood & Early Life

She was born on 6 August, 1911 to Henry Ball, a telephone lineman for Bell Telephone Company and Desiree Hunt in Jamestown, New York. She had a brother, Fred.

In 1915, when she was three years old, her father died of typhoid leaving the family in a vulnerable state. She distinctly remembered the day her father died, as it was the day she became orthophobic, when she witnessed a bird getting trapped in her house.

After her father’s demise, they went to her maternal grandparents in New York and her mother found a job at a local factory. In 1919, her mother married Edward Peterson and they moved to another city in search of work without the children.

Both the children were looked after by Edward’s Swedish parents and it was a hard time for the both the children and grandparents. The grandparents imposed restrictions on her causing her to rebel.

In 1927, another unfortunate incident took place, a neighbor boy was accidentally shot and paralyzed by her brother, due to which her grandfather was sued and forced to sell his house for financial settlement.

Same year, she was enrolled in John Murray Anderson School for the Dramatic Arts but was overshadowed by Betty Davis, a star student. The school even sent a letter to Ball’s mother suggesting not to waste money as her daughter has no future in this field at all.

Career

In 1928, she changed her stage name to Diane Belmont and worked as a fashion model for Hattie Carnegie. She had a blooming career ahead of her, when she got ill with rheumatic fever and was unable to work for next two years.

In 1932, after recovering from the disease, she resumed her career as a model again for Carnegie and also became the Chesterfield cigarette girl.

She went to Hollywood to pursue her career as an actress in 1933, and appeared in several B-grade movies, earning the title “Queen of the B’s”.

Some of her more popular movies include ‘The Three Musketeers’ (1935), ‘Stage Door’ (1937), ‘Room Service’ (1938), ‘Too Many Girls’ (1940) and ‘The Big Street’ (1942).

Her husband persuaded her to work in broadcasting, and she got the lead part in CBS radio program ‘My Favorite Husband’ which ran from 1948 to 1951. Later, CBS asked her to adapt it for television; she seized the opportunity and responded with a demand of working in it with her real life husband, Desi Arnaz.

She formed Desilu Productions with her husband and the show was adapted as ‘I Love Lucy’ in collaboration with CBS. The show premiered in 1951 and was a phenomenal success and she set the stage for sitcoms which later influenced the generations to come.

After the show ended in 1957, she worked in Broadway musicals, some sitcoms and several movies. Her last appearance was in the sitcom “Life With Lucy” in 1986 which was cancelled after a few episodes.

Major Works

In 1942, she was critically praised for her role in “The Big Street” as a handicapped nightclub singer.

Her first production ‘I Love Lucy’ with her real life husband was an instant hit and she became a household name. It was rated No. 1 within six months of its start with a groundbreaking success in the history of sitcoms.

Her show also influenced the future sitcoms in terms of filming with a live audience and set-ups that were created on distinct sets adjacent to one another. ‘I Love Lucy’ was the most prominent and unmatched achievement of her career.

Awards & Achievements

In 1960, she was awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 1971, she became the first woman to receive the International Radio and Television Society's Gold Medal.

In 1989, she posthumously received the Presidential Medal for Freedom and Women's International Center's 'Living Legacy Award’.

Personal Life & Legacy

In 1940, she met a Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz, and starred with him in the B-grade movie, ‘Dance, Girl, Dance’. Both of them fell in love with him each other and got married.

During the initial years of their marriage, they were unable to stay together due to her career which forced her to travel continuously. In 1944, she filed for a divorce but later reconciled with her husband.

She had miscarriages in 1942, 1949 and 1950 and finally gave birth to her first child, Lucie Arnaz in 1951. On 19 January 1953, she gave birth to their second child, Desi Arnaz Jr.

In 1960, she got divorced from Desi Arnaz, claiming the marriage to be ‘a nightmare’ for her all these years, while also stating that ‘Desi was a great love of her life’.

In 1961, she married Gary Morton, a standup comedian and remained with him until her death.

On April 26, 1989 she complained of severe back pains and lost consciousness, shortly after her heart surgery for aortic rupture. She died soon after; later it was confirmed that it happened due to another aortic rupture in abdominal area, unrelated to previous surgery.

// Famous Film & Theater Personalities

Lucille Ball awards

YearNameAward

Primetime Emmy Awards

1968Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy SeriesThe Lucy Show (1962)
1967Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy SeriesThe Lucy Show (1962)
1956Best Actress - Continuing PerformanceI Love Lucy (1951)
1953Best ComedienneWinner

Lucille Ball biography timelines

  • // 6th Aug 1911
    She was born on 6 August, 1911 to Henry Ball, a telephone lineman for Bell Telephone Company and Desiree Hunt in Jamestown, New York. She had a brother, Fred.
  • // 1915
    In 1915, when she was three years old, her father died of typhoid leaving the family in a vulnerable state. She distinctly remembered the day her father died, as it was the day she became orthophobic, when she witnessed a bird getting trapped in her house.
  • // 1928
    In 1928, she changed her stage name to Diane Belmont and worked as a fashion model for Hattie Carnegie. She had a blooming career ahead of her, when she got ill with rheumatic fever and was unable to work for next two years.
  • // 1932
    In 1932, after recovering from the disease, she resumed her career as a model again for Carnegie and also became the Chesterfield cigarette girl.
  • // 1933
    She went to Hollywood to pursue her career as an actress in 1933, and appeared in several B-grade movies, earning the title “Queen of the B’s”.
  • // 1940
    In 1940, she met a Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz, and starred with him in the B-grade movie, ‘Dance, Girl, Dance’. Both of them fell in love with him each other and got married.
  • // 1948 To 1951
    Her husband persuaded her to work in broadcasting, and she got the lead part in CBS radio program ‘My Favorite Husband’ which ran from 1948 to 1951. Later, CBS asked her to adapt it for television; she seized the opportunity and responded with a demand of working in it with her real life husband, Desi Arnaz.
  • // 1951
    She formed Desilu Productions with her husband and the show was adapted as ‘I Love Lucy’ in collaboration with CBS. The show premiered in 1951 and was a phenomenal success and she set the stage for sitcoms which later influenced the generations to come.
  • // 1957
    After the show ended in 1957, she worked in Broadway musicals, some sitcoms and several movies. Her last appearance was in the sitcom “Life With Lucy” in 1986 which was cancelled after a few episodes.
  • // 1960
    In 1960, she was awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • // 1961
    In 1961, she married Gary Morton, a standup comedian and remained with him until her death.
  • // 1971
    In 1971, she became the first woman to receive the International Radio and Television Society's Gold Medal.
  • // 1989
    In 1989, she posthumously received the Presidential Medal for Freedom and Women's International Center's 'Living Legacy Award’.
  • // 26th Apr 1989
    On April 26, 1989 she complained of severe back pains and lost consciousness, shortly after her heart surgery for aortic rupture. She died soon after; later it was confirmed that it happened due to another aortic rupture in abdominal area, unrelated to previous surgery.

// Famous Actresses

Lucille Ball's FAQ

  • What is Lucille Ball birthday?

    Lucille Ball was born at 1911-08-06

  • When was Lucille Ball died?

    Lucille Ball was died at 1989-04-26

  • Where was Lucille Ball died?

    Lucille Ball was died in Los Angeles

  • Which age was Lucille Ball died?

    Lucille Ball was died at age 77

  • Where is Lucille Ball's birth place?

    Lucille Ball was born in Jamestown

  • What is Lucille Ball nationalities?

    Lucille Ball's nationalities is American

  • Who is Lucille Ball spouses?

    Lucille Ball's spouses is Desi Arnaz

  • Who is Lucille Ball siblings?

    Lucille Ball's siblings is Fredrick Ball

  • Who is Lucille Ball childrens?

    Lucille Ball's childrens is Lucie Arnaz

  • What was Lucille Ball universities?

    Lucille Ball studied at NA

  • Who is Lucille Ball's father?

    Lucille Ball's father is Henry Durrell Ball

  • Who is Lucille Ball's mother?

    Lucille Ball's mother is Desiree Evelyn Hunt

  • What is Lucille Ball's sun sign?

    Lucille Ball is Leo

  • How famous is Lucille Ball?

    Lucille Ball is famouse as Comedienne, Actress