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Known Credits: 81

Birthday: 1911-08-06

Day of Death: 1989-04-26

Place of Birth: Jamestown, New York

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Lucille Ball

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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.

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Acting
1996 E! True Hollywood Story - (1 episode)
1986 Life with Lucy - (14 episodes) as Lucy Barker
1985 Stone Pillow as Florabelle
1983 Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage as Herself (archive footage)
1978 The Kennedy Center Honors - (1 episode)
1976 The Practice - (1 episode)
1974 The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast - (1 episode)
1974 Mame as Mame Dennis
1973 The American Film Institute Salute to ... - (1 episode)
1970 The Flip Wilson Show - (1 episode)
1969 The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour - (1 episode)
1968 Here's Lucy - (1 episode)
1968 Here's Lucy - (151 episodes) as Lucy Carter
1968 Yours, Mine and Ours as Helen North
1967 A Guide for the Married Man as Technical Adviser (Mrs. Joe X)
1963 The Greatest Show on Earth - (1 episode)
1963 Critic's Choice as Angela Ballantine
1962 The Lucy Show - (163 episodes) as Lucy Carmichael
1961 Password - (1 episode)
1960 The Facts of Life as Kitty Weaver
1958 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse - (6 episodes)
1957 The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour - (15 episodes) as Lucy Ricardo
1956 Forever, Darling as Susan Vega
1954 The Long, Long Trailer as Tacy Bolton - Collini
1952 This Is Your Life - (1 episode)
1951 The Magic Carpet as Princess Narah
1951 I Love Lucy - (187 episodes) as Lucy Ricardo
1950 The Fuller Brush Girl as Sally Elliot
1950 Fancy Pants as Agatha Floud
1949 Miss Grant Takes Richmond as Ellen Grant
1949 Easy Living as Anne, Lenahan's Secretary
1949 Sorrowful Jones as Gladys O'Neill
1949 The Emmy Awards - (1 episode)
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show - (7 episodes)
1947 Her Husband's Affairs as Margaret Weldon
1947 Lured as Sandra Carpenter
1946 Easy to Wed as Gladys Benton
1946 Lover Come Back as Kay Williams
1946 Two Smart People as Ricki Woodner
1946 The Dark Corner as Kathleen Stewart
1945 Ziegfeld Follies as Herself
1945 Without Love as Kitty Trimble
1944 Meet the People as Julie Hampton
1943 Best Foot Forward as Lucille Ball
1943 Du Barry Was a Lady as May Daly / Madame Du Barry
1943 Thousands Cheer as Lucille Ball
1942 Seven Days' Leave as Terry Havalok-Allen
1942 The Big Street as Gloria Lyons
1942 Valley of the Sun as Christine Larson
1941 Look Who's Laughing as Julie Patterson
1941 A Girl, A Guy, And A Gob as Dot
1940 Too Many Girls as Consuelo 'Connie' Casey
1940 Dance, Girl, Dance as Bubbles
1940 The Marines Fly High as Joan Grant
1939 That's Right - You're Wrong as Sandra Sand
1939 Five Came Back as Peggy Nolan
1939 Panama Lady as Lucy
1939 Twelve Crowded Hours as Paula Sanders
1939 Beauty For The Asking as Jean Russell
1938 Next Time I Marry as Nancy Crocker Fleming
1938 Annabel Takes a Tour as Annabel Allison
1938 Room Service as Christine Marlowe
1938 The Affairs of Annabel as Annabel Allison
1938 Having Wonderful Time as Miriam
1938 Joy of Living as Salina Garret Pine
1938 Go Chase Yourself as Carol Meeley
1937 Stage Door as Judith
1937 Don't Tell The Wife as Ann 'Annie' Howell
1937 That Girl From Paris
1936 Swing It as Mary (uncredited)
1936 Bunker Bean as Rosie Kelly
1936 Follow the Fleet as Kitty Collins
1935 Foolish Hearts as Hat Check Girl
1935 I Dream Too Much as Gwendolyn Dilley
1935 Roberta as Fashion Model (uncredited)
1935 Behind the Evidence as Secretary (uncredited)
1934 Three Little Pigskins as Daisy Simms
1934 Broadway Bill as Blonde Telephone Operator (uncredited)
1934 The Affairs Of Cellini as Lady-in-Waiting
1934 Murder at the Vanities as Earl Carroll Girl (uncredited)
1900 You Can't Fool Your Wife as Clara Fields Hinklin
1900 The Three Stooges - (1 episode)
Creator
1968 Here's Lucy … Creator
1962 The Lucy Show … Creator
Production
1962 The Lucy Show - (163 episodes) … Producer
1957 The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour - (15 episodes) … Producer