Lucille Ball

BirthDay:

06 Aug 1911

BirthPlace:

Jamestown, New York, USA

BirthName:

Lucille Désirée Ball

Bio:

The woman who will always be remembered as the crazy, accident-prone, lovable Lucy Ricardo was born Lucille Desiree Ball on August 6, 1911 in Jamestown, New York. 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 City, 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 Radio Pictures 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 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 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.

With I Love Lucy (1951), she and Dezi pioneered the 3-camera technique now the standard in filming sitcoms, and the concept of syndicating television programs. She was also the first woman to own her own studio as the head of Desilu Productions. Lucille Ball died at age 77 of an acute aorta aneurysm on April 26, 1989 in Beverly Hills, California.
Filmography

Actor ( 191 credits )

Trumbo (2015) Herself (voice) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Hey Moe, Hey Dad! (2015)  Various characters (archive footage) (uncredited) (2 e
The Sixties (2013)  Herself - Emmy Awards Presenter (1 episode, 2014)
10 Things You Don't Know About (2012)  Herself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2012)
My Favourite Joke (2011)  Lucy Carmichael (archive footage) (uncredited) (1 epis
Here's Lucy: On Location (2009) (archive footage)
Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America (2009)  Herself (1 episode, 2009)
Naked Science (2004)  Herself (1 episode, 2004)
MythBusters (2003)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
Junket Whore (1998) Herself (archive footage)
The Greatest (1998)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender (1997) Herself (archive footage)
Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's (1997) Herself (with Desi) (archive footage) (uncredited)
The O'Reilly Factor (1996)  Lucy Ricardo (segment "Watters' World") (1 episode, 20
E! True Hollywood Story (1996)  Herself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2005)
That's Entertainment! III (1994) Performer in Clip from 'Ziegfeld Follies' (archive foot
Fame in the Twentieth Century (1993)  Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Entertaining the Troops (1988) Herself (archive footage)
The American Experience (1988)  Herself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2005)
Inside Edition (1988)  Herself - I Love Lucy (archive footage) (1 episode, 20
Biography (1987)  Herself (2 episodes, 1998)
Hollywood the Golden Years: The RKO Story (1987)  Herself (2 episodes, 1987)
Life with Lucy (1986)  Lucy Barker (13 episodes, 1986)
American Masters (1985)  Herself (3 episodes, 2000-2012)
Bob Hope's Unrehearsed Antics of the Stars (1984) Herself
The 1st TV Academy Hall of Fame (1984) Herself - Winner
Super Password (1984)  Herself (1 episode, 1988)
Body Language (1984)  Herself (9 episodes, 1984)
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage (1983) Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Frontline (1983)  Herself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2010)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Herself (3 episodes, 1981-2009)
The John Davidson Show (1980)  Herself (1 episode, 1982)
Password Plus (1979)  Herself (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
The Mary Tyler Moore Hour (1979)  Herself (1 episode, 1979)
America Alive! (1978) (1 episode, 1978)
Three's Company (1977)  Herself (2 episodes, 1982)
The Barbara Walters Summer Special (1976)  Herself (1 episode, 1977)
The Practice (1976)  Matilda Morrison (1 episode, 1976)
Van Dyke and Company (1976)  Herself (1 episode, 1976)
The Dick Cavett Show (1975)  Herself (1 episode, 1975)
Sammy and Company (1975)  Herself (1 episode, 1975)
Mame (1974) Mame Dennis
Dinah! (1974)  Herself (5 episodes, 1974-1977)
Jack Paar Tonite (1973)  Herself (1 episode, 1973)
The Pearl Bailey Show (1971)  Herself (1 episode, 1971)
Make Room for Granddaddy (1970)  Lucy Carter (1 episode, 1971)
Flip (1970)  Herself (1 episode, 1971)
Dinah's Place (1970)  Herself (3 episodes, 1972-1974)
The David Frost Show (1969)  Herself (5 episodes, 1970-1971)
Yours, Mine and Ours (1968) Helen North Beardsley
Here's Lucy (1968)  Lucy Carter / ... (144 episodes, 1968-1974)
A Guide for the Married Man (1967) Technical Adviser (Mrs. Joe X)
The Carol Burnett Show (1967)  Herself (4 episodes, 1967-1970)
Omnibus (1967)  Herself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2001)
The Bob Braun Show (1967)  Herself (1967-1984) (unknown episodes)
All About People (1967) Narrator (voice)
The Milton Berle Show (1966)  Herself (1 episode, 1966)
The Dean Martin Comedy Hour (1965)  Herself (2 episodes, 1966-1968)
The Big Parade of Comedy (1964) Julie Hampton in 'Meet the People' (archive footage)
The Eamonn Andrews Show (1964)  Herself (1 episode, 1966)
Critic's Choice (1963) Angela Ballantine
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1963)  Herself (1 episode, 1964)
The Danny Kaye Show (1963)  Herself (1 episode, 1964)
The Greatest Show on Earth (1963)  Kate Reynolds (1 episode, 1963)
The CBS Morning News (1963)  Herself (1 episode, 1985)
Hollywood Without Make-Up (1963) Herself (archive footage)
The Good Years (1962) Herself - Host
The Lucy Show (1962)  Lucy Carmichael (156 episodes, 1962-1968)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)  Herself / ... (8 episodes, 1968-1992)
The Merv Griffin Show (1962)  Herself / ... (3 episodes, 1973-1982)
Girl Talk (1962)  Herself (1 episode, 1968)
Talent Scouts (1962)  Herself (1 episode, 1963)
Password All-Stars (1961)  Herself / ... (5 episodes, 1963-1965)
The Mike Douglas Show (1961)  Herself - Co-Host / ... (7 episodes, 1978-1980)
The Facts of Life (1960) Kitty Weaver
Sunday Showcase (1959)  Lucy Ricardo (1 episode, 1959)
The Garry Moore Show (1958)  Herself (1 episode, 1960)
The Ann Sothern Show (1958)  Lucy Ricardo (1 episode, 1959)
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1958)  Herself / ... (2 episodes, 1958-1959)
The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (1957)  Lucy Ricardo (13 episodes, 1957-1960)
The Jack Paar Tonight Show (1957)  Herself (3 episodes, 1960-1961)
Forever, Darling (1956) Susan Vega
Lucy's Really Lost Moments (1956) Lucy Ricardo
The Phil Silvers Show (1955)  Fainting Fan (uncredited) (1 episode, 1959)
MGM Parade (1955)  Herself (1 episode, 1956)
The Long, Long Trailer (1953) Tacy Bolton - Collini
Make Room for Daddy (1953)  Lucy Ricardo (1 episode, 1959)
The Irv Kupcinet Show (1953)  Herself (1 episode, 1970)
I Love Lucy (1953) Lucy Ricardo / Herself
Today (1952)  Herself (3 episodes, 1961-1980)
This Is Your Life (1952)  Herself (1 episode, 1961)
I've Got a Secret (1952)  Herself / ... (5 episodes, 1956-1966)
The Jackie Gleason Show (1952)  Herself (1 episode, 1957)
The Bob Hope Show (1952)  Herself / ... (6 episodes, 1956-1977)
The Magic Carpet (1951) Princess Narah
I Love Lucy (1951)  Lucy Ricardo (181 episodes, 1951-1957)
The Fuller Brush Girl (1950) Sally Elliot
Fancy Pants (1950) Agatha Floud
A Woman of Distinction (1950) Lucille Ball - Cameo Appearance (uncredited)
The Jack Benny Program (1950)  Herself / ... (1 episode, 1964)
What's My Line? (1950)  Herself - Mystery Guest (6 episodes, 1954-1965)
All Star Revue (1950)  Herself - Guest Comedic Actress (1 episode, 1952)
Easy Living (1949) Anne - Lenahan's Secretary
Miss Grant Takes Richmond (1949) Ellen Grant
Sorrowful Jones (1949) Gladys O'Neill
The Ed Wynn Show (1949)  Herself (1 episode, 1949)
Inside U.S.A. with Chevrolet (1949)  Herself (1 episode, 1949)
The Ed Sullivan Show (1948)  Herself / ... (11 episodes, 1954-1968)
The Milton Berle Show (1948)  Herself - Actress (1 episode, 1949)
Her Husband's Affairs (1947) Margaret Weldon
Lured (1947) Sandra Carpenter
Hollywood Bound (1947) Edited from: A Night at the Biltmore Bowl (archive foot
Easy to Wed (1946) Gladys Benton
Lover Come Back (1946) Kay Williams
Two Smart People (1946) Ricki Woodner
The Dark Corner (1946) Kathleen Stewart
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood (1945) Lucille Ball (uncredited)
Ziegfeld Follies (1945) Lucille Ball ('Here's to the Ladies')
Without Love (1945) Kitty Trimble
Meet the People (1944) Julie Hampton
Thousands Cheer (1943) Lucille Ball
Best Foot Forward (1943) Lucille Ball
Du Barry Was a Lady (1943) May Daly / Madame Du Barry
Seven Days' Leave (1942) Terry Havalok-Allen
The Big Street (1942) Gloria Lyons
Valley of the Sun (1942) Christine Larson
Look Who's Laughing (1941) Julie Patterson
Meet the Stars #6: Stars at Play (1941) Herself
A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob (1941) Dorothy 'Dot' / 'Spindle' Duncan
Too Many Girls (1940) Connie Casey
Dance, Girl, Dance (1940) Bubbles aka Tiger Lily White
You Can't Fool Your Wife (1940) Clara Fields Hinklin / Mercedes Vasquez
The Marines Fly High (1940) Joan Grant
That's Right - You're Wrong (1939) Sandra Sand
Five Came Back (1939) Peggy Nolan
Panama Lady (1939) Lucy
Twelve Crowded Hours (1939) Paula Sanders
Beauty for the Asking (1939) Jean Russell
Next Time I Marry (1938) Nancy Crocker Fleming
Annabel Takes a Tour (1938) Annabel Allison
Room Service (1938) Christine
Screen Snapshots Series 18, No. 1 (1938) Herself
The Affairs of Annabel (1938) Annabel
Having Wonderful Time (1938) Miriam
Joy of Living (1938) Salina
Go Chase Yourself (1938) Carol Meeley
Stage Door (1937) Judith
There Goes My Girl (1937) (scenes deleted)
Don't Tell the Wife (1937) Ann 'Annie' Howell
That Girl from Paris (1936) Claire 'Clair' Williams
Winterset (1936) Girl (uncredited)
One Live Ghost (1936) Maxine
So and Sew (1936) Sally Curtis
Dummy Ache (1936) The Actress
Bunker Bean (1936) Rosie Kelly
The Farmer in the Dell (1936) Gloria Wilson
Follow the Fleet (1936) Kitty Collins
Muss 'em Up (1936) Departing Train Passenger (uncredited)
Chatterbox (1936) Lillian Temple
Swing It (1936) Mary (uncredited)
Foolish Hearts (1935) Hat Check Girl (uncredited)
I Dream Too Much (1935) Gwendolyn Dilley
The Three Musketeers (1935) Extra (uncredited)
Top Hat (1935) Flower Clerk (uncredited)
Old Man Rhythm (1935) College Girl (uncredited)
A Night at the Biltmore Bowl (1935) Lucille Ball
Hooray for Love (1935) Chorine (uncredited)
I'll Love You Always (1935) Lucille (uncredited)
Roberta (1935) Fashion Model (uncredited)
The Whole Town's Talking (1935) Bank Employee (uncredited)
Carnival (1935) Nurse (uncredited)
His Old Flame (1935)
Behind the Evidence (1935) Secretary (uncredited)
Fugitive Lady (1934) Beauty Operator (uncredited)
Three Little Pigskins (1934) Daisy Simms
Broadway Bill (1934) Blonde Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Jealousy (1934) Extra (uncredited)
Men of the Night (1934) Peggy (uncredited)
Perfectly Mismated (1934)
Kid Millions (1934) Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
The Affairs of Cellini (1934) Lady-in-Waiting (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back (1934) Girl (uncredited)
Murder at the Vanities (1934) Earl Carroll Girl (uncredited)
Bottoms Up (1934) Chorine (uncredited)
Hold That Girl (1934) Girl (uncredited)
Nana (1934) Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Moulin Rouge (1934) Show Girl (uncredited)
Roman Scandals (1933) Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Blood Money (1933) Davy's Girlfriend at Racetrack (uncredited)
Broadway Thru a Keyhole (1933) Chorine / Girl at the Beach (uncredited)
The Bowery (1933) Blonde (uncredited)

Producer ( 2 credits )

All the Right Moves (1983) producer (uncredited)
The Lucy Show (1962) executive producer (8 episodes, 1966)

Director ( 1 credit )

Here's Lucy (1968) (1 episode, 1974)