Lucille Ball

  • Birth Name: Lucille Desiree Ball
  • Birth Place: Celoron, New York, United States
  • Died: April 26, 1989
  • Profession: Actor, Dancer, Producer, Model, Studio executive
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Fast Facts

  • Was one of the original "Goldwyn Girls," which included Betty Grable and Paulette Goddard.
  • Formed Desilu Productions with husband Desi Arnaz in 1950 and, with her buyout in 1962, became the first woman to head a major Hollywood studio.
  • Shaved her eyebrows for her role as a slave girl in 1933's Roman Scandals. They never grew back.
  • In 1953, Lucy and her newborn son, Desi Arnaz Jr., appeared on the first cover of TV GUIDE magazine; 50 years later, the magazine selected her TV's Greatest Star (Johnny Carson was second).
  • During the six-year run of I Love Lucy, it never ranked lower than third; it was the first show to be filmed before an audience; and Ball and husband Desi Arnaz pioneered the three-camera production technique that is now standard for sitcoms.
  • A few years after her 1989 death, the manuscript to her long-lost autobiography was found in a filing cabinet. Love, Lucy, which covered her life into the '60s, was published in 1996.

Awards

  • 1968, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1969, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1972, Golden Globe — Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy Series or Television Movie: Nominee
  • 1968, Golden Globe — Actress in a Television Series: Nominee
  • 1970, Golden Globe — Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1979, Golden Globe — Cecil B. DeMille Award: Winner
  • 1975, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1953, Emmy — Best Comedienne: Winner
  • 1957, Emmy — Best Continuing Performance by a Comedienne in a Series: Nominee
  • 1971, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1956, Emmy — Best Actress - Continuing Performance: Winner
  • 1955, Emmy — Best Actress Starring in a Regular Series: Nominee
  • 1956, Emmy — Best Comedienne: Nominee
  • 1952, Emmy — Best Comedian or Comedienne: Nominee
  • 1954, Emmy — Best Female Star of a Regular Series: Nominee
  • 1966, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1963, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Series: Nominee
  • 1967, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1958, Emmy — Best Continuing Performance (Female) in a Series by a Comedienne, Singer, Hostess, Dancer, M.C., Announcer, Narrator, Panelist, : Nominee
  • 1953, Emmy — Most Outstanding Personality: Nominee
  • 1961, Golden Globe — Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy: Nominee

Relationships

  • Desi Arnaz Jr. — Son
  • Desi Arnaz — Ex-husband
  • Gary Morton — Husband
  • Desiree Hunt — Mother
  • Henry Dunnell Ball — Father
  • Lucie Arnaz — Daughter
  • Fred Ball — Brother

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