Lucille Ball’s Biography
Real Name: Lucille Ball
Date of Birth: Sunday, August 6, 1911
Date of Death: Wednesday, April 26, 1989
Marriage(s):Desi Arnaz 1940-1960; Gary Morton 1961-her death
Biography: Lucille Ball best known as the crazy Lucy Ricardo in Television’s “I Love Lucy.” Lucille Ball got her start in Hollywood in 1933 at the age of 21. Her first movie was “Roman Scandles.” From 1933-1938 she got many bit parts and one liners in movies until 1938 when got her first starring role in “The Affairs of Annabel.” In 1940 Lucy got a starring role in RKO’s “Too Many Girls.” This is where Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz met. Lucy and Desi had a brief courtship. On November 30, 1940 Lucy 29, wed Desi 23 in Greenwich, Conneticut. In 1943 Desi was drafted to the Army. In 1946 CBS asked Lucy to star in a radio comedy called “My Favorite Husband” In 1949 Lucy & Desi married again. In 1951 Lucy & Desi made a pilot called “I Love Lucy.” It was sold, and “I Love Lucy” went on the air in October. On October 15, 1951 “The Girls Want to Go to a Nightclub” which was actually the second episode of the seires. “I Love Lucy” lasted until 1957 when Desi Arnaz wanted to make hour long Lucy’s. “The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour” debuted in 1957 with episode #1 “Lucy Takes a Cruise to Havana” “The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour” left the air waves in 1960 when Lucy and Desi divorced.
In 1960 shortly after the divorce Lucy starred in the Broadway play “Wildcat.” “Wildcat was a success but after a long run on Broadway Lucy had to end it because of health reasons. In early 1961 Lucy met comedian Gary Morton. They married on November 19, 1961. In 1962 Lucy did another seires called “The Lucy Show.” “The Lucy Show” was another success on Lucy’s Part. “The Lucy Show” went until 1968. In 1968 Lucy did yet another seires called “Here’s Lucy” it wasn’t as good as “I Love Lucy” and “The Lucy Show” but it was a success. “Here’s Lucy” went till 1974 when Lucy decided to retire from show business after 23 years.
In 1986 Lucy tried a showbiz comeback but she failed. “Life With Lucy” only lasted 13 episodes when it was canceled by ABC. In March 1989 Lucy attended the Oscars with friend Bob Hope. Lucy and Bob were presenting an award. The next month though Lucy died on April 26. She was 77 years young.
Chinese Sign: Pig
Lucy Trivia: When Lucy was in New York City during the late 20’s early 30’s Lucy changed her name to Diane Belmont. She also used to say she was from Butte, Montana.