Lucille Ball

Actress and Businesswoman
Born Aug 6, 1911

Lucille Désirée Ball was an American comedian, model, film and television actress and executive, and star of the sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy and Life with Lucy.

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1911 Birth Born on August 6, 1911.
1915 3 Years Old While DeDe Ball was pregnant with her second child, Frederick, Henry Ball contracted typhoid fever and died in February 1915. … Read More


1925 13 Years Old In 1925, Ball, then only 14, started dating Johnny DeVita, a 23-year-old local hoodlum. … Read More
1928 16 Years Old Ball was determined to prove her teachers wrong and returned to New York City in 1928. … Read More


1932 20 Years Old She moved back to New York City in 1932 to resume her pursuit of a career as an actress and supported herself by again working for Carnegie and as the Chesterfield cigarette girl. … Read More
1936 24 Years Old In 1936, she landed the role she hoped would lead her to Broadway, in the Bartlett Cormack play Hey Diddle Diddle, a comedy set in a duplex apartment in Hollywood.
1937 25 Years Old 1 More Event
The play premiered in Princeton, New Jersey, on January 21, 1937 with Ball playing the part of Julie Tucker, "one of three roommates coping with neurotic directors, confused executives, and grasping stars who interfere with the girls' ability to get ahead." … Read More
1938 26 Years Old When that completed its run in 1938, Ball joined the cast of The Wonder Show starring Jack Haley (best remembered as the Tin Woodman in The Wizard of Oz, 1939). … Read More


1944 32 Years Old 1 More Event
In a 1944 British Pathé newsreel, titled Fund Raising For Roosevelt, Ball was featured prominently among several stage and film stars at events in support of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's fundraising campaign for the March of Dimes.
1946 34 Years Old In 1946, Ball starred in Lover Come Back.
1948 36 Years Old In 1948, Ball was cast as Liz Cugat (later "Cooper"), a wacky wife, in My Favorite Husband, a radio program for CBS Radio. … Read More
1951 39 Years Old On July 17, 1951, one month before her 40th birthday, Ball gave birth to daughter Lucie Désirée Arnaz. … Read More


1952 40 Years Old She stated that in the 1952 US Presidential Election, she voted for Republican Dwight Eisenhower. … Read More
1953 41 Years Old 1 More Event
…  The same year, Ball gave birth to their first child, Lucie Arnaz, followed by Desi Arnaz, Jr. in 1953.
1957 45 Years Old …  In 1957, CBS bought the rights back for $1,000,000, which provided Ball and Arnaz the down payment for the purchase of the former RKO Studios, which became Desilu Studios. … Read More
The 1960 Broadway musical Wildcat ended its run early when Ball became too ill to continue in the show. … Read More


1974 62 Years Old She made a few more movies including Yours, Mine, and Ours (1968), and the musical Mame (1974), and two more successful long-running sitcoms for CBS: The Lucy Show (1962–68), which costarred Vivian Vance and Gale Gordon, and Here's Lucy (1968–74), which also featured Gordon, as well as Lucy's real life children, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz, Jr. She appeared on the Dick Cavett show in 1974 and spoke of her history and life with Arnaz. … Read More
1982 70 Years Old In 1982 she hosted a two-part Three's Company retrospective, showing clips from the show's first five seasons, summarizing memorable plotlines, and commenting on her love of the show. … Read More
1986 74 Years Old Her 1986 sitcom comeback Life With Lucy, costarring her longtime foil Gale Gordon and co-produced by Ball, Gary Morton, and prolific producer/former actor Aaron Spelling was canceled less than two months into its run by ABC.
1988 76 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 1988, Ball was named the Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year.
Her last public appearance, just one month before her death, was at the 1989 Academy Awards telecast in which she and fellow presenter, Bob Hope, were given a standing ovation. … Read More
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