Introducing Ms. Lucille Ball!
I Love Lucy!!
Working as a dress model and on Broadway chorus-lines, she became the Chesterfield Cigarette Girl model in 1933 and became an Goldwyn Girl in the Eddie Cantor film musical, 'Roman Scandals'. She continued to struggle throughout the 1930s, with minor parts in films such as 'Stage Door', 'Room Service' and 'Sorrowful Jones'.
On the set of a 1940 production called 'Too Many Girls', she met her future husband and business partner, Desi Arnaz. They were soon married.
Ball turned her hand to radio, she recorded many programmes, finally developing a truly individual style in 1948, with 'My Favourite Husband'.
In an effort to save her troubled marriage, she persuaded studio bosses to let her co-create a TV show with Arnaz in 1950. The show was to become 'I Love Lucy', and she shot to fame.
‘I Love Lucy’ is still one of the most successful shows in television history, it made Lucy a star and the couple millions. They bought out the studio and renamed it Desi-lu.
In 1951, just a few days before her 40th birthday and after several miscarriages, Ball gave birth to her first child Lucie Desiree Arnaz. Just 18 months later she gave birth to her second child Desiderio Alberto Arnaz JR.
After making two films together, they ended 'I Love Lucy' in 1957, while it was still at its peak. Sadly, their marriage ended too and Lucy and Arnaz divorced in 1960. Ball went to on marry nightclub comic Gary Morton.
In addition to making a host of television shows throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Ball becoming a powerful TV executive, she was the guiding light behind such projects as 'Star Trek' and 'Mission: Impossible'.
Ball’s last television appearance was at the Academy Awards in 1989 with Bob Hope. The 'First Lady of Television' died only weeks later on 26 April 1989 after undergoing heart surgery to fix an aortic aneurysm, which ruptured for a second time killing her.
Lucy is still remembered fondly, her famous ‘chocolate scene’ in ‘I Love Lucy’ remains one of television’s all-time highlights.
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