Lucille Ball Biography

Birthday: 1911-08-06
Place of Birth: Jamestown, New York
Height: 5' 7½" (1.71 m)
Wiki Biography: Remembered as a dizzy sitcom redhead with show business aspirations, Lucille Ball was, in fact, a show business powerhouse and television pioneer. Throughout her teen years, Ball tried unsuccessfully to launch her show business career, finally landing a spot as a "Ziegfeld Girl". She launched her Hollywood career as one of the "Goldwyn Girls", but she moved out from the crowd of starlets to starring roles. With "I Love Lucy" (1951), she and husband Desi Arnaz pioneered the 3-camera technique now the standard in filming TV sitcoms, and the concept of syndicating television programs. She was also the first woman to own her own film studio as the head of Desilu. IMDb Mini Biography By: Ray Hamel Mini Biography The woman who will always be remembered as the crazy, accident-prone, lovable Lucy Ricardo was born Lucille Desiree Ball in Jamestown, New York, on August 6, 1911. Her father died before she was four, and her mother worked several jobs, so she and her younger brother were raised by their grandparents. Always willing to take responsibility for her brother and young cousins, she was a restless teenager who yearned to "make some noise". She entered a dramatic school in New York, but while her classmate Bette Davis received all the raves, she was sent home; "too shy." She found some work modeling for Hattie Carnegie's and, in 1933, she was chosen to be a "Goldwyn Girl" and appear in the film Roman Scandals (1933). She was put under contract to RKO and several small roles, including one in Top Hat (1935), followed. Eventually, she received starring roles in B-pictures and, occasionally, a good role in an A-picture, like in Stage Door (1937) or The Big Street (1942). While filming Too Many Girls (1940), she met and fell madly in love with a young Cuban actor-musician named Desi Arnaz. Despite different personalities, lifestyles, religions and ages (he was six years younger), he fell hard, too, and after a passionate romance, they eloped and were married in November, 1940. Lucy soon switched to MGM, where she got better roles in films such as Du Barry Was a Lady (1943); Best Foot Forward (1943) and the Katharine Hepburn-Spencer Tracy vehicle Without Love (1945). In 1948, she took a starring role in the radio comedy "My Favorite Husband", in which she played the scatterbrained wife of a Midwestern banker. In 1950, CBS came knocking with the offer of turning it into a television series. After convincing the network brass to let Desi play her husband and to sign over the rights to and creative control over the series to them, work began on the most popular and universally beloved sitcom of all time.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Room Service 1938 Comedy
Inside U.S.A. with Chevrolet 1949 Music
I Love Lucy Lucy Ricardo 1956 - 1957 Comedy
The Lucy Desi Comedy Hour Lucy Ricardo 1957 Comedy
The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour Lucy Ricardo 1957 Comedy
The Lucy Show Lucy Carmichael 1962 Comedy
Here's Lucy Lucy Carter / ... 1968 - 1969 Comedy
Life with Lucy Lucy Barker 1986 Comedy
Shark Wranglers Herself 2012 Adventure
Culture Pop Herself 2013
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Three Little Pigskins Daisy Simms 1934 Comedy, Sport
Follow the Fleet 1936 Comedy, Musical, Romance
Bunker Bean 1936 Comedy, Romance
Stage Door 1937 Comedy, Drama
The Affairs of Annabel Annabel 1938
Having Wonderful Time 1938 Comedy, Romance
Room Service 1938 Comedy
Panama Lady Lucy 1939
Twelve Crowded Hours 1939 Action, Adventure, Crime
Five Came Back Peggy Nolan 1939
Dance, Girl, Dance 1940 Comedy, Drama, Musical
DuBarry Was a Lady Madame Du Barry 1943 Comedy, Fantasy, Musical
Best Foot Forward Lucille Ball 1943 Musical, Comedy
Without Love 1945
Ziegfeld Follies 1946 Comedy, Musical
The Dark Corner 1946 Crime, Drama
Lured 1947 Crime, Mystery
Sorrowful Jones 1949 Comedy
Fancy Pants Agatha Floud 1950 0, 0
The Fuller Brush Girl 1950 Comedy
I Love Lucy Lucy Ricardo 1951 Comedy, Family
The Long, Long Trailer Tacy Bolton - Collini 1954 Comedy, Romance
Forever, Darling 1956 Fantasy, Comedy
Mame Mame Dennis 1974
Stone Pillow 1985 Drama