Lucille Desiree Ball was born on 6 August 1911, in Jamestown, New York, USA. She was the daughter of Desiree Evelyn Hunt and Henry Durrell Ball. She had a younger brother, Fredrick Ball (17 July 1915 - 5 February 2007). Her father, Henry Durrell Ball died of typhoid fever in 1915. In 1926, she attended the John Murray Anderson American Academy of Dramatic Art, in Manhattan. In 1933, she became one of the Goldwyn Girls for Samuel Goldwyn. In 1933, Ball made her debut in Roman Scandals. In 1934, she starred in The Affairs Of Cellini, Bottoms Up, Broadway Bill, Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back, The Fugitive Lady, Hold That Girl, Jealousy, Kid Millions, Peggy in Men of the Night, Moulin Rouge, Murder at the Vanities and Nana. In 1935, as Gwendolyn Dilley in I Dream Too Much cast with Henry Fonda, in Behind the Evidence, Carnival, Old Man Rhythm, I'll Love You Always with Nancy Carroll (1903-1965), Roberta with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers (1911-1995), Top Hat also with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, The Three Musketeers and The Whole Town's Talking. In 1936, Miss Kelly in Bunker Bean, Lillian Temple in Chatterbox, Gloria in The Farmer in the Dell, Kitty Collins in Follow the Fleet with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Muss 'Em Up and Claire Williams in That Girl from Paris. In 1937, Ann Howell in Don't tell the Wife, Judy Canfield in Stage Door with Eve Arden, Ginger Rogers, Katharine Hepburn and Ann Miller (1923-2004) and in Winterset. In 1938, Annabel Allison in The Affairs of Annabel, Annabel Allison in Annabel Takes A Tour, Carol in Go Chase Yourself, Miriam in Having Wonderful Time with Ginger Rogers, Salina in The Joy of Living, Nancy Fleming in The Next time I Marry and Christine in Room Service. In 1939, Jean in Beauty for the Asking, Peggy in Five Came Back, Lucy in Panama Lady, Stacey Delmore in That's Right, You're Wrong and Paula Sanders in Twelve Crowded Hours.
"It's a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy."
Lucille Ball married Desi Arnaz on 30 November 1940. In 1940, Ball appeared as Bubbles in Dance, Girl, Dance, Joan Grant in The Marines Fly High, Connie Casey in Too Many Girls and Clara Fields in You Can't Fool Your Wife. In 1941, as Dot Duncan in A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob and Julie Patterson in Look Who's Laughing. In 1942, Gloria Lyons in The Big Street, Terry Havalok Allen in Seven Days Leave and Christine Larson in Valley of The Sun.
"The more things you do, the more you can do."
In 1943, she starred as May Daly in Du Barry was a Lady with Louis Blore, in Best Foot Forward and Thousands Cheer. In 1944, as Julie Hampton in Meet The People. In 1945, as Kitty Trimble in Without Love. In 1946, Kathleen Conley in The Dark Corner, Gladys Benton in Easy to Wed, Kay Williams in Lover Come Back, Ricki Woodner in Two Smart People and in Ziegfeld Follies. In 1947, as Margaret in Her Husband's Affairs and Sandra Carpenter in Lured. In 1949, Anne in Easy Living, Ellen Grant in Miss Grant Takes Richmond and Gladys O'Neill in Sorrowful Jones.
"I'm not funny. What I am is brave."
In 1950, Ball appeared as Agatha Floud in Fancy Pants and Sally Elliot in The Fuller Brush Girl. She gave birth to a daughter, Lucie Arnaz on 17 July 1951. In 1951, she was Narah in The Magic Carpet.
"I have an everyday religion that works for me. Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line."
From 1951 to 1957, she starred as Lucy Ricardo in the television series I Love Lucy. She gave birth to a son, Desi Arnaz, Jr on 19 January 1953. In 1953, Ball received an Emmy for Best Comedienne. In 1954, she was Tracy Collini in The Long, Long Trailer.
"Use a make-up table with everything close at hand and don't rush; otherwise you'll look like a patchwork quilt."
In 1956, Susan in Forever Darling. In 1956, Ball won an Emmy for I Love Lucy. From 1957 to 1960, Ball appeared in The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour.
"I think knowing what you cannot do is more important than knowing what you can."
Ball and Arnaz were divorced on 4 May 1960. In 1960, Ball made her Broadway debut in the musical Wildcat. Also in 1960, she starred as Kitty Weaver in The Facts of Life. Lucille Ball married her second husband, Gary Morton on 19 November 1961. From 1962 to 1968, she was Lucy Carmichael in The Lucy Show. In 1963, she was Angela in Critic's Choice.
In 1974, she was Mame Dennis in Mame. According to Ball; "Luck? I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked on it and I'm afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work - and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't." She continued; "In life, all good things come hard, but wisdom is the hardest to come by." And; "The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age." Lucille Ball died of aneurysm on 26 April 1989, in Los Angeles, California. She was cremated and her ashes placed in Lake View Cemetery, Jamestown, New York. In 1996, her memoirs Love, Lucy was published. Lucille Ball has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for movies, at 6436 Hollywood Blvd and for television, at 6104 Hollywood Blvd.
"If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it."In 1967, Ball received an Emmy for The Lucy Show. In 1967, Ball appeared in A Guide for the Married Man. In 1968, Ball won another Emmy for The Lucy Show. In 1968, she was Helen North in Yours, Mine, and Ours opposite Henry Fonda. From 1968 to 1974, Lucille Carter in Here's Lucy.
"My God, I'm outliving my henna."
"I would rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not." Lucille Ball