|Lucille Desiree Ball
Born Aug. 6th 1911 Jamestown New York
At age 15 Lucille Ball enrolled in the John Murray Anderson Drama School in New Your City. She auditioned for many Broadway chorus lines before turning to modeling. Using the name Diane Belmont, Lucy became a model for the Hattie Carnegie Studio and won national exposure as the Chesterfield Cigarette Girl in 1933. The Success of her modeling led to her first move role, in "Roman Scandals" in 1934. Lucille Ball appeared in over 60 movies in the 1930's and 40's. 1940 Lucy met Desi Arnaz while filming the movie "Too Many Girls" they fell in love and were married November 30th 1940. In 1947 she played a wacky wife of a straight-laced banker on the popular CBS radio show "My Favorite Husband". When CBS came to her and asked if she would play the role on a Television show. Lucy told them only if her real life husband, played the role of her husband on the TV Show. When "I love Lucy" premiered on October 15th 1951, it was an immediate hit. And became the most popular show on television. The show won over 200 awards including 5 Emmys. As the head of the couple's production company, Desilu, Desi Arnaz pioneered a new way of producing TV shows, shooting each episode of the show on film, by using 3 cameras, in front of a live studio audience. By 1957 both Lucy and Desi had grown exhausted by the show's hectic schedule. For the next 3 years they made a series of hour-long specials including 'The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour". In 1960 Desi and Lucy ended their 20 year marriage. (Desi Arnaz died December 2, 1986.) In 1962 Lucy entered into another Lucy show, "The Lucy Show". The show ran until 1968. Then "Here's Lucy" from 1968 to 1974. Lucy appeared in many more movies in the 1960's and a number of Television shows and specials in the 70's and 80's Her last public appearance was at the 1989 Academy Awards show where she and Bob Hope introduced a production number to the show. Lucy married her second husband Gary Morton, in November 1961 and were together until her death. A week after undergoing open heart surgery, Lucille Desiree Ball, suffered a ruptured aorta and died at the age of 77. Her husband Gary Morton died in 1999 at the age of 74.
Lucille Ball's movie debut was in 1933 with United Artists Blood Money and ended with Warner Bros. Mame in 1974.
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