Lucille Ball Biography (1911-1989)

Born August 6, 1911, in Celoron (near Jamestown), NY; daughter of Henry D. (atelephone lineman) and Desiree (a concert pianist; maiden name, Hunt) Ball;died of cardiac arrest, April 26, 1989, in Los Angeles, CA; married DesiderioAlberto (Desi) Arnaz (an actor, producer, and bandleader), November 30, 1940(divorced, 1960); married Gary Morton (a comedian), November 19, 1961; children: Lucie Desiree, Desiderio Alberto IV (first marriage).

Nationality
American
Gender
Female
Birth Details
August 6, 1911
Celoron, New York, United States
Death Details
April 26, 1989
Los Angeles, California, United States

Famous Works

  • Credits; STAGE APPEARANCES
  • Wildcat Jackson, Wildcat, Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1960.
  • Credits; MAJOR TOURS
  • Title role, Dream Girl, U.S. cities, 1947-48.
  • Also toured with Desi Arnaz in a vaudeville music and comedy act, U.S. cities, 1950.
  • Credits; FILM APPEARANCES
  • FILM DEBUT--Slave girl, Roman Scandals, United Artists, 1933.
  • Girl at beach, Broadway thru a Keyhole, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1933.
  • girl, Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back, United Artists, 1934.
  • beauty operator, Fugitive Lady, Columbia, 1934.
  • girl, Jealousy, Columbia, 1934.
  • 1934 Goldwyn girl, Kid Millions, United Artists, 1934.
  • Peggy, Men of the Night, Columbia, 1934.
  • chorus girl, Nana (also known as Lady of the Boulevard), United Artists,1934.
  • nurse, Carnival, Columbia, 1935.
  • Gwendolyn Dilley, I Dream Too Much, RKO, 1935.
  • college girl, Old Man Rhythm, RKO, 1935.
  • flower clerk, Top Hat, RKO, 1935.
  • girl, The Whole Town's Talking (also known as Passport to France), Columbia, 1935.
  • mannequin, Roberta, RKO, 1935.
  • Miss Kelly, Bunker Bean (also known as His Majesty, Bunker Bean), RKO, 1936.
  • Lillian Temple, Chatterbox, RKO, 1936.
  • Gloria, The Farmer in the Dell, RKO, 1936.
  • Kitty Collins, Follow the Fleet, RKO, 1936.
  • girl, Winterset, RKO, 1936.
  • Ann Howell, Don't Tell the Wife, RKO, 1937.
  • Judy Canfield, Stage Door, RKO, 1937.
  • Claire Williams, That Girl from Paris, RKO, 1937.
  • title role, Affairs of Annabel, RKO, 1938.
  • title role, Annabel Takes a Tour, RKO, 1938.
  • Christine, Room Service, RKO, 1938.
  • Carol Meely, Go Chase Yourself, RKO, 1938.
  • Miriam, Having Wonderful Time, RKO, 1938.
  • Nancy Fleming, Next Time I Marry, RKO, 1938.
  • Salina, Joy of Living, RKO, 1938.
  • Jean Russell, Beauty for the Asking, RKO, 1939.
  • Peggy, Five Came Back, RKO, 1939.
  • Lucy, Panama Lady, RKO, 1939.
  • Sandra Sand, That's Right--You're Wrong, RKO, 1939.
  • Paula Sanders, Twelve Crowded Hours, RKO, 1939.
  • Bubbles, Dance, Girl, Dance, RKO, 1940.
  • Joan Grant, The Marines Fly High, RKO, 1940.
  • Connie Casey, Too Many Girls, RKO, 1940.
  • Clara Hinklin/Mercedes Vasquez, You Can't Fool Your Wife, RKO, 1940.
  • Dot Duncan, A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob (also known as The Navy Steps Out),RKO, 1941.
  • Julie Patterson, Look Who's Laughing, RKO, 1941.
  • Gloria, The Big Street, RKO, 1942.
  • Terry, Seven Days' Leave, RKO, 1942.
  • Christine Larson, Valley of the Sun, RKO, 1942.
  • May Daly/Madame du Barry, Du Barry Was a Lady, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM),1943.
  • as herself, Best Foot Forward, MGM, 1943.
  • guest star, Thousands Cheer, MGM, 1943.
  • Julie Hampton, Meet the People, MGM, 1944.
  • Kitty Trimble, Without Love, MGM, 1945.
  • Kathleen, The Dark Corner, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1946.
  • Ricki Woodner, Two Smart People, MGM, 1946.
  • Gladys Benton, Easy to Wed, MGM, 1946.
  • Kay Williams, Lover Come Back (also known as When Lovers Meet), Universal, 1946.
  • Sandra Carpenter, Lured (also known as Personal Column), United Artists,1947.
  • Margaret Weldon, Her Husband's Affairs, Columbia, 1947.
  • Gladys O'Neill, Sorrowful Jones, Paramount, 1949.
  • Anne, Easy Living, RKO, 1949.
  • Ellen Grant, Miss Grant Takes Richmond (also known as Innocence Is Bliss), Columbia, 1949.
  • Sally Elliot, The Fuller Brush Girl (also known as The Affairs of Sally),Columbia, 1950.
  • Agatha Floud, Fancy Pants, Paramount, 1950.
  • guest, A Woman of Distinction, Columbia, 1950.
  • Narah, The Magic Carpet, Columbia, 1951.
  • Tracy Collini, The Long, Long Trailer, MGM, 1954.
  • Susan Vega, Forever Darling, MGM, 1956.
  • Kitty Weaver, The Facts of Life, United Artists, 1960.
  • Angela Ballantine, Critic's Choice, Warner Brothers, 1963.
  • technical advisor, A Guide for the Married Man, Twentieth Century- Fox, 1967.
  • Helen North, Yours, Mine, and Ours, United Artists, 1968.
  • title role, Mame, Warner Brothers, 1974.
  • Also appeared in Blood Money, Twentieth Century-Fox/United Artists, 1933;The Bowery, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1933; Moulin Rouge, Twentieth Century-Fox/United Artists, 1934; Bottoms Up, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1934; Hold That Girl, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1934; The Affairs of Cellini, Twentieth Century-Fox/United Artists, 1934; Broadway Bill (also known as Strictly Confidential), Columbia, 1934; Three Little Pigskins (short film), Columbia, 1934; PerfectlyMismatched (short film), Columbia, 1934; The Three Musketeers, RKO, 1935; OneLive Ghost (short film), Columbia, 1936; So and Sew (short film), RKO, 1936;Abbott and Costello in Hollywood, MGM, 1945; "Meet the Ladies" in Ziegfeld Follies, MGM, 1945.
  • Credits; TELEVISION APPEARANCES; SERIES
  • Lucy Ricardo, I Love Lucy, CBS, 1951-57.
  • Lucy Ricardo, "The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show," The Westinghouse DesiluPlayhouse, CBS, 1958-60.
  • Lucy Carmichael, The Lucy Show, CBS, 1962-68.
  • Lucy Carter, Here's Lucy, CBS, 1968-74.
  • Lucy Barker, Life with Lucy, ABC, 1986.
  • Credits; PILOTS
  • Sister Hitchcock, The Music Mart, NBC, 1980.
  • Credits; EPISODIC
  • "K.O. Kitty," The Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, CBS, 1958.
  • host, "The Desilu Revue," The Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, CBS, 1959.
  • The Phil Silvers Show, CBS, 1959.
  • The Ann Sothern Show, CBS, 1959.
  • The Danny Thomas Show, CBS, 1959.
  • The Greatest Show on Earth, ABC, 1963.
  • Make Room for Granddaddy, ABC, 1971.
  • The Practice, NBC, 1976.
  • The Mary Tyler Moore Hour, CBS, 1979.
  • Also The Tonight Show, NBC; The David Frost Revue, syndicated; The Ed Wynn Show, CBS; Inside U.S.A. with Chevrolet, CBS; Lineup,CBS; December Bride, CBS; Those Whiting Girls, CBS; Whirlybird, syndicated; The Milton Berle Show,ABC; Body Language.
  • Credits; MOVIES
  • Florabelle, Stone Pillow, NBC, 1986.
  • Credits; SPECIALS
  • The Bob Hope Show, NBC, 1950.
  • Show of the Year, NBC, 1950.
  • The Bob Hope Show, NBC, 1956.
  • The Milton Berle Special, NBC, 1959.
  • Hedda Hopper's Hollywood, NBC, 1960.
  • The Bob Hope Show, NBC, 1961.
  • Twelve Star Salute, ABC, 1961.
  • The Bob Hope Show, NBC, 1962.
  • The Bob Hope Show, NBC, 1963.
  • Have Girls--Will Travel, NBC, 1964.
  • A Salute to Stan Laurel, CBS, 1965.
  • The Wonderful World of Burlesque I, NBC, 1965.
  • Lucy in London, CBS, 1966.
  • The Bob Hope Show, NBC, 1966.
  • Carol + 2, CBS, 1967.
  • Bonnie Barton, The Lucille Ball Comedy Hour, CBS, 1967.
  • The Jack Benny Special, NBC, 1968.
  • Ann-Margret: From Hollywood with Love, CBS, 1969.
  • The Dinah Shore Special--Like Hep, CBS, 1969.
  • Jack Benny's Birthday Special, NBC, 1969.
  • Jack Benny's 20th Anniversary TV Special, NBC, 1970.
  • The Bob Hope Show, NBC, 1970.
  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Jack Benny and Were Afraid toAsk, NBC, 1971.
  • host, Super Comedy Bowl I, CBS, 1971.
  • Swing Out, Sweet Land, NBC, 1971.
  • A Salute to Television's 25th Anniversary, ABC, 1972.
  • Show Business Salute to Milton Berle, NBC, 1973.
  • Steve and Eydie ... On Stage, NBC, 1973.
  • The Bob Hope Show, NBC, 1973.
  • Norma Michaels, Happy Anniversary and Goodbye, CBS, 1974.
  • Lucy Collins, A Lucille Ball Special Starring Lucille Ball and Dean Martin, CBS, 1975.
  • A Lucille Ball Special Starring Lucille Ball and Jackie Gleason, CBS, 1975.
  • Bob Hope's World of Comedy, NBC, 1976.
  • host, CBS Salutes Lucy--The First 25 Years, CBS, 1976.
  • Catherine Curtis, A Lucille Ball Special: What Now Catherine Curtis?, CBS, 1976.
  • Gypsy in My Soul, CBS, 1976.
  • The Lucille Ball Special, CBS, 1977.
  • ringmaster, Circus of the Stars, CBS, 1977.
  • The Barbara Walters Special, ABC, 1977.
  • Bob Hope's All-Star Comedy Tribute to Vaudeville, NBC, 1977.
  • Lucy Comes to Nashville, CBS, 1978.
  • General Electric's All-Star Anniversary, ABC, 1978.
  • CBS: On the Air, CBS, 1978.
  • Gene Kelly ... An American in Pasadena, CBS, 1978.
  • The American Film Institute Salute to Henry Fonda, CBS, 1978.
  • Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Jimmy Stewart, NBC, 1978.
  • TV: The Fabulous '50s, NBC, 1978.
  • A Tribute to "Mr. Television" Milton Berle, NBC, 1978.
  • Happy Birthday, Bob!, NBC, 1978.
  • Cher and Other Fantasies, NBC, 1979.
  • Lucy Moves to NBC, NBC, 1980.
  • Sinatra--The First 40 Years, NBC, 1980.
  • Bob Hope's 30th Anniversary, NBC, 1981.
  • Bob Hope's Road to Hollywood, NBC, 1983.
  • Happy Birthday, Bob!, NBC, 1983.
  • Bob Hope's Hilarious Unrehearsed Antics of the Stars, NBC, 1984.
  • Bob Hope in Who Makes the World Laugh?, Part II, NBC, 1984.
  • Bob Hope Buys NBC?, NBC, 1985.
  • The Night of 100 Stars II, ABC, 1985.
  • All Star Party for Clint Eastwood, CBS, 1986.
  • The 38th Annual Emmy Awards, NBC, 1986.
  • The American Film Institute Salute to Billy Wilder, NBC, 1986.
  • The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 1986.
  • ABC Fall Preview Special, ABC, 1986.
  • Bob Hope's High Flying Birthday Extravaganza, NBC, 1987.
  • A Beverly Hills Christmas, syndicated, 1987.
  • The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 1987.
  • The Television Academy Hall of Fame, Fox, 1987.
  • America's Tribute to Bob Hope, NBC, 1988.
  • Happy Birthday Bob--50 Stars Salute Your 50 Years with NBC, NBC, 1988.
  • Hollywood: The Golden Years, Arts and Entertainment, 1988.
  • 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 1989.
  • Credits; TELEVISION WORK; SERIES
  • Producer (with Desi Arnaz), I Love Lucy, CBS, 1951-57.
  • executive producer and producer (with Arnaz), The Lucy Show, CBS, 1962-68.
  • Credits; PILOTS
  • Producer, The Music Mart, NBC, 1980.
  • executive producer and director, Bungle Abbey, NBC, 1981.
  • Credits; SPECIALS
  • Producer, "The Desilu Revue," Desilu Playhouse, CBS, 1959.
  • executive producer, A Lucille Ball Special Starring Lucille Ball and DeanMartin, CBS, 1975.
  • executive producer, A Lucille Ball Special Starring Lucille Ball and Jackie Gleason, CBS, 1975.
  • executive producer, A Lucille Ball Special: What Now Catherine Curtis?, CBS, 1976.
  • executive producer, The Lucille Ball Special, CBS, 1977.
  • executive producer, Lucy Moves to NBC, NBC, 1980.
  • Credits; RADIO APPEARANCES; SERIES
  • Liz Cooper, My Favorite Husband, CBS, 1947-51.
  • Lucy Ricardo, I Love Lucy, CBS, 1952.
  • Also a regular on Phil Baker's and Jack Haley's comedy-variety shows, CBS, late 1930s and early 1940s.
  • Credits; EPISODIC
  • Ford Theatre, CBS, 1948.
  • "A Foreign Affair," Screen Directors' Playhouse, NBC, 1950.
  • The Martin and Lewis Show, NBC.
  • Screen Guild Theatre, CBS.
  • Suspense, CBS.
  • Leave It to the Girls, Mutual.

Further Reference

OBITUARIES AND OTHER SOURCES:

  • New York Times, April 27, 1989.
  • Variety, May 3-9, 1989.

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