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LUCY (LUCILLE ARNAZ) BALL FAN PAGE

Common Misspelling: Lucy Arnez, Lucile Ball

Full Name

Date of Birth

Birth Place

Lucille Désirée Ball

b. August 6, 1911

d. April 26, 1989

Jamestown, New York

LUCY (LUCILLE ARNAZ) BALL BIOGRAPHY

  • Lucille Ball was born on August 6, 1911 in Jamestown, New York to Henry Durrell Ball and Desiree Evelyn Hunt.

  • She dropped out of high school in 1926 (at the age of 15) to go to the John Murray Anderson Drama School in New York City.  However, the school told her that she had no talent and therefore would not accept her into the school.

  • While her hopes of fame as an actress were going up in flames, she took up modeling as a career (under the name of Diane Belmont).  As her modeling career, grew, so did her exposure.  She became the “Chesterfield Cigarette Girl” in 1933 and gained some national fame.   She was also on of the original twenty Goldwyn Girls.
    She took this moderate fame and began auditioning for parts in movies.  Her first screen debut came as a slave girl in the musical Roman Sandals in 1933.

  • With each role she took, she gained more experience and exposure in Hollywood.  She took on many parts large and small during the 1930’s and 1940, although no one role really pushed her into the big media spotlight.

  • Although she did not become a household name during this time, it was during the filming of the movie Too Many Girls (1940) that she met a handsome Cuban bandleader named Desi Arnaz (Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y De Acha III, d. 1986).  They immediately fell in love and married later that year. Due to the stress of their jobs and traveling apart, they almost got divorced in 1944.  They decided that in order to stay together, they were going to need to work together.  They pitched an idea to CBS of a television show based on a crazy red head and a Cuban bandleader.  CBS balked at the idea saying that the American public would not go for such an idea.
    In 1945, Lucy and Desi Arnaz created their own production company, and began touring the country, doing the vaudeville circuit, with a show based on the crazy red head and the Cuban bandleader.  Audiences loved their act.  They also took the show to the airwaves via radio (entitled My Favorite Husband). They went back to CBS, but once again they were turned down, so they decided to make a pilot for a show funding the entire thing themselves. The pilot of I Love Lucy aired in October 1951 to great reviews.  CBS then came knocking on their door and decided to make it into a full series.

  • For six seasons (1951-1957), the show was always at the very top of the rating charts.  In January 1953, the episode where Lucy gave birth to their on screen son Little Ricky (Keith Thibodeaux) was the most watched single episode of television up to that time (over 44 million viewers). This coincided with the birth of their first child, Desi Arnaz, Jr. (they also later had a daughter Lucie Arnaz). [Trivia: The first issue of TV Guide pictured Lucy and her new son Desi Jr.]  The show won or was nominated for dozens of awards (including 5 Emmys) during the six year span.  Lucy herself was also honored with winning many awards, including the 1956 Emmy Award for Best Actress - Continuing Performance and some of the awards she was nominated for include the 1954 Emmy Award for Best Female Star of Regular Series; 1955 Emmy Award for Best Actress Starring in a Regular Series; 1956 Emmy Award for Best Comedienne; 1957 Emmy Award for Best Continuing Performance by a Comedienne in a Series; 1958 Emmy Award for Best Continuing Performance (Female) in a Series by a Comedienne . . . who Essentially Plays Herself.

  • Although the show was doing well, the marriage was not. In order to save their marriage, they decided to cancel the I Love Lucy show and do something less stressful, such as a variety show called the Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, which first aired in 1957. They also began working more closely together on other Desilu productions such as Star Trek and Mission Impossible.

  • Once again, their love life turned sour and they filed for and received a divorce in 1960.  The divorce was hard on Desi and he turned towards the bottle.  On the other hand, Lucy placed all of her misery into work.  She borrowed three million dollars to buy out Desi of his half of Desilu Productions and engrossed herself in her work as the owner of a multimillion dollar company.

  • She appeared as Kitty Weaver in the movie Facts of Life in 1960 and came in second place for the Golden Laurel Award for Top Female Comedy Performance. She went back to the small screen in 1962, reviving the character of Lucy in the new TV series, The Lucy Show. This series was successful and ran for 6 years. 

  • She also began to perform on Broadway, and headlined in Wildcat, which was a deviation from the comedies she was know for. She continued to appear on the big screen and appeared in such movies as Yours, Mine and Ours where she won the Golden Laurel Award for Female Comedy Performance and was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy. She was again awarded for her role as Lucy receiving the 1967 Emmy Award for Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series and the 1968 Emmy Award for Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series. Some of the awards she was nominated for include the 1963 Emmy Award for Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Series (Lead); 1966 Emmy Award for Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series; and the 1968 Golden Globe for Best TV Star – Female.

  • She sold Desilu Poductions in 1967 for a whopping 17 million dollars. Then after marrying Gary Morton in 1968, she created Lucile Ball Productions.  One of her first projects was to resurrect Lucy one more time in the television series Here’s Lucy, which also led her to be nominated for Golden Globes for Best TV Acress – Musical/Comedy in 1970 and 1972. In 1970, she was nominated once again for a Golden Globe, this time for her role in the movie Mame.

  • Throughout the late 1970s and 1980s she worked on a few sporadic movies and television roles, and spent her time with her family and working with her production company.  [Note: She had a fifth TV show based on the Lucy character in the short lived Life With Lucy from September to November 1986.] Over the next three decades she was awarded for many lifetime achievement awards including, a Star on the Hollywood walk of fame, the 1973 Golden Apple Female Star of the Year, 1977 Woman In Film Crystal Award; 1979 Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award; 1987 American Comedy Award’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Comedy; 1988 Hasty Pudding Theatricals Woman of the Year; 1989 Television Critics Assn Career Achievement Award; 1989 Emmy Awards’ Governor’s Award; The Women's International Center (WIC) Living Legacy Award (posthumously in 1990). A US Postage Stamp was also issued with her likeness on it in 2001.

  • The Queen of Comedy passed away in April 1989.  She had a very full and productive life for a woman who “had no talent” and whose fame was based on he own television concept that was turned down by the networks twice, because the American people would not go for it.

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LUCY (LUCILLE ARNAZ) BALL NEWS

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Official Lucile Ball Websites: LucilleBall.com

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Rating: Highest = 4 J's

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Rating: Highest = 4 J's

JJJ ½ The Lucille Ball File
JJJ America’s Favorite Redhead
JJJ Lucille Ball Universe
JJJ Tropicana Nightclub
JJJ Youns.com
JJ2 ½ LucyBall.net
JJ ½ We Love Lucy (fan club)
JJ ¼ Meredy’s I Love Lucy Trivia Mania
JJ Lucile Ball (her life)
¾  Lucile Ball

JJJ ½ IMDb.com
JJJ A&E Biography
JJJ CelebrityStorm.com
JJJ EOnline.com
JJJ PBS.org
JJ ½ Time.com
JJ ½ www.PopStarsPlus.com

JJ ½ Lucille Ball on TVGuide.com
JJ AlwaysCelebrity.com
JJ ClassicMovieMusicals.com
JJ FlickStars.com
JJ FunkyStars.com
JJ Museum of TV
JJ PerfectPeople.net
JJ Seeing-Stars.com
JJ StarPulse.com
JJ Stars2Go.com
J ¾ NYTimes.com
J ¾ Spomis.com
J ½ AllMovie.com

J ½ CBSNews.com
J ½ ClassicAcrtresses.com
J ½ Encyclopedia Britannica
J ½ FindAGrave.com
J ½ Hollywood.com
J ½ HollywoodCultMovies.com
J ½ PageWise.com
J ½ TheGoldenYears.org
J ½ The-Numbers.com
J ½ TV-Now.com
J ½ TVTome.com
J ½ Encarta.msn.com
J ReelClassics.com
J BrainyQuote.com
J TheQuotationsPage.com
J Who2.com
½ Encyclopedia.com
½ FactMonster.com

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LUCY (LUCILLE ARNAZ) BALL FILMOGRAPHY

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Year

1933

1933

1933

1933

1934

  Selection N/A

Selection N/A

Selection N/A

Selection N/A

Title

Blood Money

Broadway Through a Keyhole

Roman Scandals

The Bowery

The Affairs of Cellini

Role

Davy's girlfriend

Girl at the beach

Slave

uncredited

Lady-in-Waiting

Year

1934

1934

1934

1934

1934

 

Selection N/A

Selection N/A

Selection N/A

Selection N/A

Title

Broadway Bill

Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back

Bottoms Up

Fugitive Lady

Hold That Girl

Role

Blonde Telephone Operator

uncredited

uncredited

Beauty operator

Girl

Year

1934

1934

1934

1934

1934

 

Selection N/A

Selection N/A

Title

Jealousy

Kid Millions

Men of the Night

Moulin Rouge

Murder at the Vanities

Role

uncredited

1934 Goldwyn Girl

Peggy

Chorus Girl

Chorine

Year

1934

1934

1934

1935

1935

 

Selection N/A

Selection N/A

Selection N/A

Selection N/A

Title

Nana

Perfectly Mismated

Three Little Pigskins

A Night at the Biltmore Bowl

Behind the Evidence

Role

Chorus Girl

uncredited

Daisy Simms

uncredited

Secretary

Year

1935

1935

1935

1935

1935

 

Selection N/A

Selection N/A

Selection N/A

Selection N/A

Title

Carnival

His Old Flame

I Dream Too Much

I'll Love You Always

Old Man Rhythm

Role

Nurse

uncredited

Gwendolyn Dilley

Lucille

College Girl

Year

1935

1935

1935

1935

1936

 

Selection N/A

Selection N/A

Selection N/A

Title

Roberta

The Three Musketeers

Top Hat

The Whole Town's Talking

Bunker Bean

Role

Fashion model

uncredited

Flower Clerk

Girl

Miss Rosie Kelly

Year

1936

1936

1936

1936

1936

 

Selection N/A

Selection N/A

Selection N/A

Selection N/A

Selection N/A

Title

Chatterbox

Dummy Ache

The Farmer in the Dell

Muss 'em Up

One Live Ghost

Role

Lillian Temple

The Actress

Gloria Wilson

Train Passenger

Maxine

Year

1936

1936

1936

1936

1937

 

Selection N/A

Selection N/A

Selection N/A

Title

So and Sew

Swing It

That Girl from Paris

Winterset

Don't Tell the Wife

Role

Sally Curtis

uncredited

Claire Williams

A Girl

Ann Howell

Year

1937

1937

1938

1938

1938

 

Selection N/A

Selection N/A

Title

Stage Door

There Goes My Girl

The Affairs of Annabel

Annabel Takes a Tour

Go Chase Yourself

Role

Judy Canfield

scenes deletged

Annabel Allison

Annabel Allison

Carol Meely

Year

1938

1938

1938

1938

1939

 

Selection N/A

Title

Having Wonderful Time

Joy of Living

Next Time I Marry

Room Service

Beauty for the Asking

Role

Miriam

Salina Garret Pine

Nancy Crocker Fleming

Christine

Jean Russell

Year

1939

1939

1939

1939

1940

 

Selection N/A

Selection N/A

Selection N/A

Title

Five Came Back

Panama Lady

That's Right - You're Wrong

Twelve Crowded Hours

Dance, Girl, Dance

Role

Peggy Nolan

Lucy

Sandra Sand

Paula Sanders

Bubbles

Year

1940

1940

1940

1941

1941

 

Selection N/A

 

Title

Too Many Girls

The Marines Fly High

You Can't Fool Your Wife

A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob

Look Who's Laughing

Role

Consuelo Casey

Joan Grant

Clara Fields Hinklin & Mercedes Vasquez

Dorothy Duncan

Julie Patterson

Year

1942

1942

1942

1943

1943

 

 

     

Title

The Big Street

Seven Days' Leave

Valley of the Sun

Du Barry Was a Lady

Thousands Cheer

Role

Gloria Lyons

Terrence Havalok-Allen

Christine Larson

Madame Du Barry

cameo

Year

1944

1945

1946

1946

1946

   

 

Title

Meet the People

Without Love

The Dark Corner

Easy to Wed

Lover Come Back

Role

Julie Hampton

Kitty Trimble

Kathleen

Gladys Benton

Kay Williams

Year

1946

1946

1947

1947

1949

 

Selection N/A

Selection N/A

Title

Two Smart People

Ziegfeld Follies

Her Husband's Affairs

Lured

Easy Living

Role

Ricki Woodner

Specialty

Margaret Weldon

Sandra Carpenter

Anne

Year

1949

1949

1950

1950

1950

 

Title

Miss Grant Takes Richmond

Sorrowful Jones

A Woman of Distinction

Fancy Pants

The Fuller Brush Girl

Role

Ellen Grant

Gladys O'Neill

cameo

Agatha Floud

Sally Elliot

Year

1951

10/15/51 - 5/6/57

1954

1956

1956

 

Selection N/A

 

Title

The Magic Carpet

I Love Lucy (TV)

The Long, Long Trailer

Forever, Darling

I Love Lucy Christmas Special (TV)

Role

Princess Narah

Lucy Esmeralda (McGillicuddy) Ricardo

Tacy Bolton - Collini

Susan Vega

Lucy Ricardo

Year

11/6/57 - 4/1/60

1960

7/2/62 - 3/11/68

1963

1966

 

 

Selection N/A

Title

The Lucy-Desi Arnaz Comedy Hour (TV)

The Facts of Life

The Lucy Show (TV)

Critic's Choice

Lucy in London (TV)

Role

Lucy Ricardo

Kitty Weaver

Lucy Carmichael

Angela Ballantine

Lucy Carmichael

Year

1967

1967

9/24/68 - 9/2/74

1968

1974

 

Selection N/A

 

Title

A Guide for the Married Man

All About People

Here's Lucy

Yours, Mine and Ours

Mame

Role

Technical Adviser (Mrs. Joe X)

Narrator

Lucille Carter

Helen North Beardsley

Mame Dennis

Year

1975

1977

1981

1985

9/20/86 - 11/15/86

     

Selection N/A

 

Selection N/A

Title

The Lucille Ball/Jackie Gleason Special (TV)

Lucy Calls the President (TV)

The Bob Hope Anniversary Show (TV)

Stone Pillow (TV)

Life with Lucy (TV)

Role

Herself

Lucy Whittaker

Herself

Florabelle

Lucy Barker

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