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Lucille Ball

Lucille Désirée Ball  (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an American comedian, film, television, stage and radio actress, model, film and television executive, and star of the sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy and Life With Lucy. One of the most popular and influential stars in America during her lifetime, with one of Hollywood's longest careers, especially on television, Ball began acting in the 1930s, becoming both a radio actress and B-movie star in the 1940s, and then a television star during the 1950s. She was still making films in the 1960s and 1970s. Ball received thirteen Emmy Award nominations and four wins. In 1977 Ball was among the first recipients of the Women in Film Crystal Award. She was the recipient of the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1979, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center Honors in 1986 and the Governors Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 1989. In 1929, Ball landed work as a model and later began her performing career on Broadway using the stage name Dianne Belmont. She appeared in many small movie roles in the 1930s as a contract player for RKO Radio Pictures. Ball was labeled as the "Queen of the Bs" (referring to her many roles in B-films). In 1951, Ball was pivotal in the creation of the television series I Love Lucy. The show co-starred her then husband, Desi Arnaz as Ricky Ricardo and Vivian Vance and William Frawley as Ethel and Fred Mertz, the Ricardos' landlords and friends. The show ended in 1957 after 180 episodes. They then changed the format a little - lengthening the time of the show from 30 minutes to 60 minutes (the first one went 75 mins), adding some characters, altering the storyline somewhat, and renaming the show from "I Love Lucy" to "The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour", which ran for three seasons (1957–1960) and 13 episodes. Ball went on to star in two more successful television series: The Lucy Show, which ran on CBS from 1962 to 1968 (156 Episodes), and Here's Lucy from 1968 to 1974 (144 episodes). Her last attempt at a television series was a 1986 show called Life with Lucy - which failed miserably after 8 episodes aired although 13 were produced. Ball met and eloped with Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz in 1940. On July 17, 1951, almost 40 years old, Ball gave birth to their first child, Lucie Désirée Arnaz. A year and a half later, Ball gave birth to their second child, Desiderio Alberto Arnaz IV, known as Desi Arnaz, Jr. Ball and Arnaz divorced on May 4, 1960. On April 26, 1989, Ball died of a dissecting aortic aneurysm at age 77. At the time of her death she had been married to her second husband, standup comedian and business partner Gary Morton, for twenty-eight years. Description above from the Wikipedia article Lucille Ball, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia


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Born:
Aug 6, 1911 In Jamestown, New York
Movie/TV Credits:
122
First Appeared:
In the movie Bulldog Drummond 1929-05-02
Latest Project:
Movie This Is Bob Hope... 2017-12-29
Known For
Poster of American Masters: Finding Lucy
Poster of Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie
Poster of Lucy Calls the President
Poster of The Three Musketeers
Filmography
Movie This Is Bob Hope... Herself (archive footage) 2017-12-29
Movie Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration Lucy Ricardo / I Love Lucy (archive footage) 2015-10-13
Movie TV in Black: The First Fifty Years 2004-01-01
Movie Judy Garland: By Myself Herself 2004-02-25
Movie American Masters: Finding Lucy Herself 2000-12-03
Movie The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender (archive footage) 1997-11-01
Movie That's Entertainment! III (archive footage) 1994-07-01
Movie Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie Herself 1993-02-14
Series Life with Lucy Lucy Barker 1986-09-20
Movie Stone Pillow Florabelle 1985-11-05
Movie Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage Herself (archive footage) 1983-02-25
Series The Kennedy Center Honors Unknown 1978-12-28
Movie Lucy Calls the President Lucy Whittaker 1977-01-01
Movie Three for Two Rita/Sally/Pauline 1975-12-03
Movie Mame Mame Dennis 1974-03-07
Movie Happy Anniversary and Goodbye Norma Michaels 1974-11-19
Series The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts Unknown 1974-10-31
Movie Swing Out, Sweet Land Statue of Liberty (voice) 1970-01-01
Series The Flip Wilson Show Unknown 1970-09-17
Movie Yours, Mine and Ours Helen Brandmeir North 1968-04-24
Movie The Dean Martin Christmas Show Herself 1968-12-19
Series Here's Lucy Lucy Carter 1968-09-23
Movie A Guide for the Married Man Technical Adviser (Mrs. Joe X) 1967-01-01
Movie The Big Parade of Comedy Julie Hampton in 'Meet the People' (archive footage) 1964-09-02
Movie Mr. and Mrs. Bonnie Blakely 1964-04-18
Movie Critic's Choice Angela Ballantine 1963-04-13
Movie Hollywood Without Make-Up 1963-07-01
Series The Lucy Show Lucy Carmichael 1962-10-01
Movie The Facts of Life Kitty Weaver 1960-11-14
Series Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse Unknown 1958-10-06
Series The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour Lucy Ricardo 1957-11-06
Movie Forever, Darling Susan Vega 1956-02-09
Movie The Long, Long Trailer Tacy Bolton - Collini 1954-02-18
Movie A Star Is Born World Premiere Herself 1954-09-28
Series This Is Your Life Unknown 1952-10-01
Series I Love Lucy Lucy Ricardo 1951-10-15
Movie The Magic Carpet Princess Narah 1951-10-18
Movie Fancy Pants Agatha Floud 1950-07-19
Movie A Woman of Distinction Lucille Ball-Cameo Appearance (uncredited) 1950-03-16
Movie The Fuller Brush Girl Sally Elliot 1950-09-15
Series The Emmy Awards Unknown 1949-01-25
Movie Sorrowful Jones Gladys O'Neill 1949-07-04
Movie Easy Living Anne, Lenahan's Secretary 1949-10-08
Movie Miss Grant Takes Richmond Ellen Grant 1949-10-20
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie Her Husband's Affairs Margaret Weldon 1947-11-12
Movie Lured Sandra Carpenter 1947-08-28
Movie The Dark Corner Kathleen Stewart 1946-04-09
Movie Two Smart People Ricki Woodner 1946-06-04
Movie Lover Come Back Kay Williams 1946-06-21
Movie Easy to Wed Gladys Benton 1946-07-25
Movie Without Love Kitty Trimble 1945-03-22
Movie Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood Lucille Ball (uncredited) 1945-10-05
Movie Ziegfeld Follies Herself 1945-08-13
Movie Meet the People Julie Hampton 1944-06-01
Movie Thousands Cheer Lucille Ball 1943-01-01
Movie Best Foot Forward Lucille Ball 1943-10-08
Movie Du Barry Was a Lady May Daly / Madame Du Barry 1943-08-13
Movie The Big Street Gloria Lyons 1942-08-13
Movie Valley of the Sun Christine Larson 1942-02-06
Movie Seven Days' Leave Terry Havalok-Allen 1942-11-13
Movie A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob Dorothy 'Dot' / 'Spindle' Duncan 1941-03-14
Movie Look Who's Laughing Julie Patterson 1941-11-21
Movie The Marines Fly High Joan Grant 1940-03-04
Movie You Can't Fool Your Wife Clara Fields Hinklin/Mercedes Vasquez 1940-05-21
Movie Dance, Girl, Dance Bubbles 1940-08-30
Movie Too Many Girls Consuelo 'Connie' Casey 1940-10-08
Movie Beauty for the Asking Jean Russell 1939-02-24
Movie Twelve Crowded Hours Paula Sanders 1939-03-03
Movie That's Right - You're Wrong Sandra Sand 1939-11-24
Movie Panama Lady Lucy 1939-05-12
Movie Five Came Back Peggy Nolan 1939-06-23
Movie Having Wonderful Time Miriam 1938-07-01
Movie The Affairs of Annabel Annabel Allison 1938-09-09
Movie Go Chase Yourself Carol Meeley 1938-04-22
Movie Joy of Living Salina Garret Pine 1938-05-06
Movie Annabel Takes a Tour Annabel Allison 1938-11-10
Movie Next Time I Marry Nancy Crocker Fleming 1938-12-09
Movie Room Service Christine Marlowe 1938-09-30
Movie Don't Tell the Wife Ann 'Annie' Howell 1937-03-05
Movie Stage Door Judith 1937-10-08
Movie The Farmer in the Dell Gloria Wilson 1936-03-27
Movie Follow the Fleet Kitty Collins 1936-02-20
Movie Muss 'em Up Departing Train Passenger (uncredited) 1936-02-13
Movie Chatterbox Lillian Temple 1936-01-17
Movie Bunker Bean Rosie Kelly 1936-06-26
Movie So and Sew Sally Curtis 1936-08-24
Movie Winterset Girl (uncredited) 1936-12-03
Movie That Girl From Paris Claire 'Clair' Williams 1936-12-31
Movie One Live Ghost Maxine 1936-11-07
Movie The Whole Town's Talking Bank Employee (uncredited) 1935-02-22
Movie Roberta Fashion Model (uncredited) 1935-03-08
Movie Carnival Nurse 1935-02-15
Movie I'll Love You Always Lucille (uncredited) 1935-03-19
Movie Behind the Evidence Secretary (uncredited) 1935-01-08
Movie His Old Flame 1935-01-25
Movie Foolish Hearts Hat Check Girl 1935-12-27
Movie Hooray for Love Chorine (uncredited) 1935-06-14
Movie I Dream Too Much Gwendolyn Dilley 1935-11-29
Movie The Three Musketeers Minor Role 1935-11-01
Movie Top Hat Flower Clerk (uncredited) 1935-09-06
Movie Old Man Rhythm College Girl 1935-08-02
Movie Murder at the Vanities Earl Carroll Girl (uncredited) 1934-05-18
Movie Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back Girl (uncredited) 1934-08-15
Series The Three Stooges Unknown 1934-05-05
Movie Moulin Rouge Show Girl (uncredited) 1934-01-10
Movie Nana Chorus Girl (uncredited) 1934-02-01
Movie Hold That Girl Girl (uncredited) 1934-03-23
Movie Bottoms Up Chorine (uncredited) 1934-04-12
Movie The Affairs of Cellini Lady-in-Waiting 1934-08-24
Movie Kid Millions Goldwyn Girl (uncredited) 1934-11-10
Movie Fugitive Lady Beauty Operator (uncredited) 1934-12-10
Movie Broadway Bill Blonde Telephone Operator (uncredited) 1934-11-30
Movie Three Little Pigskins Daisy Simms 1934-12-08
Movie Jealousy Minor Role (uncredited) 1934-11-23
Movie Perfectly Mismated 1934-11-12
Movie Men of the Night Peggy (uncredited) 1934-11-18
Movie Roman Scandals Goldwyn Girl (uncredited) 1933-01-01
Movie The Bowery Blonde (uncredited) 1933-10-07
Movie Blood Money Davy's Girlfriend at Racetrack (uncredited) 1933-11-17
Movie Broadway Thru a Keyhole Chorine / Girl at the Beach 1933-11-02
Movie Bulldog Drummond Extra 1929-05-02