Lucille Ball

Actor, Comedian, Producer
As one of America's most beloved comediennes and one of Hollywood's more astute businesswomen, the legendary Lucille Ball rose from being a B-movie film actress to one of television's most iconic figures, boasting more ... Read more »
Born: 08/06/1911 in Jamestown, New York, USA


Actor (119)

That's Entertainment! III 1994 (Movie)

Song Performer (Actor)

Wisecracks 1992 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

I Love Lucy: The Very First Show 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)


A Beverly Hills Christmas 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


America's Tribute to Bob Hope 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


All Star Party For Clint Eastwood 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)


Bob Hope's High-Flying Birthday Extravaganza 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)


Entertaining the Troops 1987 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Life With Lucy 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)


The 38th Annual Emmy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)


The ABC Fall Preview Special 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)


Bob Hope Buys NBC? 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)


The American Film Institute Salute to Billy Wilder 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)


All-Star Party For Lucille Ball 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)


The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)


Bob Hope Special: Happy Birthday, Bob! 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)


Lucy Moves to NBC 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)


Sinatra -- The First 40 Years 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)


The Music Mart 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)


Cher and Other Fantasies 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)


General Electric's All-Star Anniversary 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)


Lucy Comes to Nashville 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)


A Tribute to "Mr. Television," Milton Berle 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)


Bob Hope Special: Happy Birthday, Bob! 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)


CBS: On the Air 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)


Circus of the Stars 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)


Gene Kelly... An American in Pasadena 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)


The Lucille Ball Special 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)


Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's World of Comedy 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)


Swing Out, Sweet Land 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)


A Show Business Salute to Milton Berle 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)


Here's Lucy 1968 - 1974 (TV Show)


Mame 1974 (Movie)

Mame (Actor)

Steve and Eydie... On Stage 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)


The Bob Hope Show (12/09/73) 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)


A Salute to Television's 25th Anniversary 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)


Jack Benny's 20th Anniversary TV Special 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)


Super Comedy Bowl 1 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)


The Bob Hope Show (11/16/70) 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)


Ann-Margret: From Hollywood With Love 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)


The Dinah Shore Special -- Like Hep 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)


The Lucy Show 1962 - 1968 (TV Show)


Yours, Mine and Ours 1968 (Movie)

Helen North (Actor)

A Guide For the Married Man 1967 (Movie)

Guest Star (Actor)

The Lucille Ball Comedy Hour 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)


Have Girls -- Will Travel 1964 - 1965 (TV Show)


Critic's Choice 1962 (Movie)

Angela Ballantine (Actor)

The Bob Hope Show (02/15/61) 1960 - 1961 (TV Show)


Hedda Hopper's Hollywood 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)


The Desilu Playhouse 1958 - 1960 (TV Show)


The Desilu Revue 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)


The Facts of Life 1960 (Movie)

Kitty Weaver (Actor)

I Love Lucy 1951 - 1957 (TV Show)


Forever, Darling 1956 (Movie)

Susan Vega (Actor)

The Long, Long Trailer 1954 (Movie)

Tacy Collini (Actor)

Fancy Pants 1950 (Movie)


Sorrowful Jones 1949 (Movie)


Lured 1947 (Movie)

Sandra Carpenter (Actor)

Without Love 1945 (Movie)

Kitty Trimble (Actor)

Seven Days Leave 1941 (Movie)


Dance, Girl, Dance 1939 (Movie)


Too Many Girls 1939 (Movie)


Room Service 1937 (Movie)


Stage Door 1936 (Movie)

Judith Canfield (Actor)

Bunker Bean 1935 (Movie)


That Girl From Paris 1935 (Movie)


I Dream Too Much 1934 (Movie)


Top Hat 1934 (Movie)

Flower shop clerk (Actor)

A Girl, a Guy and A Gob (Movie)

Dot Duncan (Actor)

Annabel Takes a Tour (Movie)

Annabel Allison (Actor)

Beauty for the Asking (Movie)

Jean Russell (Actor)

Best Foot Forward (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Bulldog Drummond (Movie)


Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back (Movie)

Bit Part (Actor)

Carnival (Movie)

Nurse (Actor)

Du Barry Was a Lady (Movie)

May Daly/Madame Du Barry (Actor)

Easy to Wed (Movie)

Gladys Benton (Actor)

Follow the Fleet (Movie)

Kitty Collins (Actor)

Having Wonderful Time (Movie)

Miriam (Actor)

Her Husband's Affairs (Movie)

Margaret Weldon (Actor)

Hollywood: The Golden Years (TV Show)


Jealousy (Movie)

Girl (Actor)

Joy of Living (Movie)

Salina (Actor)

Kid Millions (Movie)

A 1934 Goidwyn Girl (Actor)

Look Who's Laughing (Movie)

Julie Patterson (Actor)

Meet the People (Movie)

Julie Hampton (Actor)

Miss Grant Takes Richmond (Movie)

Ellen Grant (Actor)

Old Man Rhythm (Movie)

College Girl (Actor)

Panama Lady (Movie)

Lucy (Actor)

Roman Scandals (Movie)

Slave Girl (Actor)

Stone Pillow (TV Show)


The Affairs of Annabel (Movie)

Annabel (Actor)

The Affairs of Cellini (Movie)

Bit Part (Actor)

The Big Street (Movie)

Gloria (Actor)

The Bowery (Movie)

Bit Part (Actor)

The Dark Corner (Movie)

Kathleen (Actor)

The Fuller Brush Girl (Movie)

Sally Elliot (Actor)

Twelve Crowded Hours (Movie)

Paula Sanders (Actor)

Two Smart People (Movie)

Ricki Woodner (Actor)

Valley of the Sun (Movie)

Christine Larson (Actor)

Whole Town's Talking (Movie)

Girl (Actor)

Ziegfeld Follies (Movie)

The Princess (Actor)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie (TV Show)

Director (1)

Bungle Abbey 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)



As one of America's most beloved comediennes and one of Hollywood's more astute businesswomen, the legendary Lucille Ball rose from being a B-movie film actress to one of television's most iconic figures, boasting more than 50 years of continuous employment in Hollywood. Because of her eternally syndicated sitcom, "I Love Lucy" (CBS, 1951-57), which broke new ground in too many areas to count, Ball remained a constant presence on the small screen and, consequently, remained well-known to subsequent generations of fans. Prior to "I Love Lucy," Ball took over the mantle of "Queen of the Bs" from Fay Wray after appearing in a number of B-movies, with the occasional A-list project like the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers vehicles "Top Hat" (1935) and "Follow the Fleet" (1936) classing up her résumé. She delivered a fine turn in "Stage Door" (1937) and served as the Marx Brothers' foil in "Room Service" (1938). After meeting and marrying Cuban-born actor-bandleader Desi Arnaz in 1940, Ball propelled her career as the star of the radio show "My Favorite Husband" (CBS, 1948-1951), which served as a precursor to "I Love Lucy." Though CBS was initially resistant to pairing the Caucasian Ball with the Cuban Arnaz as a believable husband and wife, the network had a change of heart after the couple launched a smash-hit vaudeville show, which green lit one of the most popular and enduring sitcoms of all time. Following Ball's painful split with Arnaz in 1960, she executed a number of savvy business moves as head of her own studio, Desilu, while launching two more successful sitcoms, "The Lucy Show" (CBS, 1962-68) and "Here's Lucy" (CBS, 1968-74). Though her popularity waned in the 1970s and 1980s, as evidenced by the rapid failure of "Life with Lucy" (ABC, 1986), Ball was forever cemented as a comic legend whose influence spanned generations.


Desi Arnaz

married on November 30, 1940 filed for divorce in 1944 reconciled reaffirmed marriage vows in a Catholic wedding ceremony on June 14, 1949 divorced in March 1960 died on December 2, 1986

Desi Arnaz Jr. Actor

Born on January 19, 1953

Lucie Arnaz

born on July 17, 1951 married actor Laurence Luckinbill

Henry Ball

died c. 1915

Desiree Ball

married second husband Edward Peterson divorced after one year

Gary Morton

married from November 1961 until her death died of lung cancer on March 30, 1999 at age 74


Chautauqua Musical Institute

Chatauqua , New York

John Murray Anderson-Robert Milton Drama School

New York , New York 1927
entered at age 15; classmate was 18-year-old Bette Davis



Long-lost autobiography Love, Lucy published


Daughter Lucie compiled personal home movies to create the award-winning special "Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie" for NBC


Portrayed by Frances Fisher in the CBS biopic "Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter"


Last public appearance on the annual Academy Awards telecast


Starred on the short-lived ABC sitcom "Life with Lucy"


TV-movie debut playing the dramatic role of a homeless woman in "The Stone Pillow" (CBS)


Signed production deal with NBC, made one special and a pilot for a proposed series that was not picked up


Made final feature film, the critically-derided adaptation of the Broadway musical "Mame"


Co-starred with Henry Fonda in the feature comedy about a blended family "Yours, Mine and Ours"


Starred on the popular CBS sitcom "Here's Lucy"; show featured her real-life children playing her screen character's kids


Formed Lucille Ball Productions


Sold Desilu to Gulf + Western


Starred opposite Bob Hope in "Critics Choice"


Starred in the popular TV sitcom "The Lucy Show" (CBS); show reteamed her with sidekick Vivian Vance and also featured Gale Gordon


Bought out Desi Arnaz's share of Desilu


Starred in Broadway musical "Wildcat"; run cut short reportedly due to Ball's health


Reteamed with Bob Hope for the feature "The Facts of Life"


Desilu Productions bought old RKO Studio lot (date approximate)


Reteamed with Arnaz for the feature "Forever Darling"


Co-starred with Arnaz in "The Long, Long Trailer"


Formed Desilu Productions Arnaz


Starred in the TV sitcom, "I Love Lucy" (CBS); she and Arnaz had undertaken a stage tour in part to prove to CBS executives that audiences would accept them as a married couple and that they could work together as a team


Again appeared opposite Hope in "Fancy Pants"


First screen teaming with Bob Hope in "Sorrowful Jones"


Returned to Columbia with a three-picture deal


Worked freelance after MGM contract expired


Teamed with Red Skelton in the film version of the Broadway musical "Du Barry Was a Lady"


Signed by MGM to be groomed as musical star; learned comic use of props on backlot from Buster Keaton


Starred opposite Henry Fonda in "The Big Street," playing the uncharacteristically dramatic role of a crippled nightclub singer


First acted onscreen with Desi Arnaz in "Too Many Girls"


Acted in "Room Service," supporting the Marx Brothers


Breakthrough film, "Stage Door"


Signed by RKO


Joined Columbia appearing in bit parts, walk-ons and as a foil for the Three Stooges; first film billing in "Carnival"; fired by Columbia in an economy move


Selected as a Goldwyn Girl to appear in "Roman Scandals," starring Eddie Cantor


Worked briefly as a Hattie Carnegie model before being paralyzed from waist down with rheumatoid arthritis; cured two years later (date approximate)


Feature film debut in "Bulldog Drummond"


Hired to dance in touring company of "Rio Rita" but fired because she couldn't handle choreography; later fired from chorus jobs in three shows (date approximate)

As president of Desilu, became first woman ever to head a major Hollywood film production company

Appeared in a series of one-hour specials under the umbrella title of "The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour/The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show"; episodes aired as part of "Desilu Playhouse"

Changed professional name to Diane Belmont in the late 1920s

Raised in Celoron, NY

Played leading roles in a number of B films for RKO including "The Affairs of Annabel" (1938) and "Five Came Back" (1939)

Starred on radio in "My Favorite Husband" playing a scatter-brained wife opposite actor Richard Denning

Bonus Trivia


Ball was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame (1984), the founding year of the honor. A statue of Ball sat atop a fountain outside the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences headquarters in North Hollywood, CA.


Ball was Harvard's Hasty Pudding Club's Woman of the Year in 1988.


She was posthumously awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1989.


On August 7, 2001, the United States Postal Service issued a stamp honoring the comedienne.


Ball's greatest career threat came in the 1950s when she was investigated by the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities for being a former member of the communist party. Her husband Desi Arnaz told the press, "The only thing red about Lucy is her hair, and that's not even real." It was revealed that Ball's beloved grandfather, who had been more like a father in her life, was a left-winger. Communist party meetings may have been held at her home (when she was not there) by her grandfather. And, as she later told HUAC when confronted with a party membership card with her signature, she may have done that "just to keep grandfather happy in his old age." In fact, Ball was almost entirely apolitical and in the 1950s had not even bothered to vote for many years. Although the investigation caused CBS a scare – she was after all their biggest star – Ball was cleared of all suspicions and only the most fanatic anti-Communist held her past against her.


In an attempt to recreate the talent development program at RKO in which she had thrived, Ball started the Desilu Playhouse in the 1960s, gathering almost two dozen young performers to train by acting in plays. She maintained the program for about two years, when it was abandoned due to the time constraints of her career. Although no performer in the program became a "star," the list included Carole Cook, a frequently-working character player, and Robert Osborne, who later became a columnist for The Hollywood Reporter and the on-camera host for Turner Classic Movies. Osborne had acted in what was to be a regular series role in the pilot of "The Beverly Hillbillies," but dropped out of that sitcom in order to participate in the Desilu talent program.


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