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Lucille Ball

Actress
Female
Born Aug 6, 1911
Hometown Jamestown
Died Apr 26, 1989
Death Place Los Angeles, Cali...
Religion Baptist
Height 5' 7½" (17...
Measurements 33-23-34

Lucille Désirée Ball was an American comedienne, 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. One of the most popular and influential stars in the United States during her lifetime, she had one of Hollywood's longest careers, especially on television.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1911 Birth Born on August 6, 1911.
Ball and her family, following her father's death in 1915, moved to nearby Celoron and lived there as a child with her grandparents. … Read More

TEENAGE

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

TWENTIES

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 also 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 man in The Wizard of Oz, 1939). … Read More

THIRTIES

1944 32 Years Old Ball originally filed for divorce in 1944, going so far as obtaining an interlocutory decree; however, she reconciled with Arnaz and stopped the proceedings. … Read More
1946 34 Years Old In 1946 Ball starred in Lover Come Back and, in 1948, made an uncredited appearance as Sally Elliot in The Fuller Brush Man.
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 1 More Event
…  On July 17, 1951, at almost forty years of age, Ball gave birth to their first child, Lucie Désirée Arnaz.

FORTIES

1952 40 Years Old 1 More Event
…  She stated that in the 1952 US Presidential Election, she voted for Republican Dwight Eisenhower. … Read More
1953 41 Years Old The birth made the first cover of TV Guide for the week of April 3–9, 1953. … Read More
1957 45 Years Old …  In 1957, CBS bought the rights back for one million dollars, 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

LATE ADULTHOOD

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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