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Lucille Ball

Lucille BallAKA Lucille Desiree Ball

Born: 6-Aug-1911
Birthplace: Jamestown, NY
Died: 26-Apr-1989
Location of death: Los Angeles, CA
Cause of death: Aneurysm
Remains: Cremated, Lake View Cemetery, Jamestown, NY

Gender: Female
Religion: Baptist [1]
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor
Party Affiliation: See Note [2]

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: I Love Lucy


[1] Born into a Baptist family, her parents were married by Reverend Charles D. Reed of the Calvary Baptist Church. Ball "remarried" Desi Arnaz in a Catholic ceremony June 19th, 1949 but she herself never converted to the faith. For a short time also Ball attended Marble Collegiate Church (Dutch Reform), run by Norman Vincent Peale, but never considered herself a member of the Dutch Reformed Church. In her own words, "It was a beautiful ceremony and I believed in it. At the time, I seriously intended to become a Catholic. I took instruction for a long time, but lost the inspiration when I realized that Catholicism did not seem to help Desi in his life." Her second husband, Gary Morton, was a Jew. See Stefan Kanfer, Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille Ball (2003).

[2] Registered as a Communist in 1936 to placate her grandfather.

Father: Henry Durrell Ball ("Had", d. 1915 typhoid fever)
Mother: Desiree Evelyn Hunt (d. 1977)
Brother: Fredrick Ball ("Fred", b. 17-Jul-1915, d. 5-Feb-2007)
Boyfriend:
Alexander Hall (film director, broken engagement)
Husband: Desi Arnaz (m. 30-Nov-1940, div. 4-May-1960, one daughter, one son)
Daughter: Lucie Arnaz (actress, b. 17-Jul-1951)
Son: Desi Arnaz, Jr. (actor, b. 19-Jan-1953)
Husband: Gary Morton (m. 19-Nov-1961, until her death)

    Columbia Pictures
    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
    RKO Radio Pictures under contract
    Endorsement of Philip Morris
    Endorsement of Liggett Group Chesterfield cigarettes (1949-52)
    Endorsement of General Electric 1952
    Sgt. Pepper Lonely Heart
    Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame
    Emmy 1953 for Best Comedienne
    Emmy 1956 for I Love Lucy
    Emmy 1967 for The Lucy Show
    Emmy 1968 for The Lucy Show
    Hollywood Walk of Fame 6436 Hollywood Blvd. (motion picture)
    Hollywood Walk of Fame 6104 Hollywood Blvd. (television)
    Kennedy Center Honor 1986
    National Women's Hall of Fame
    Open Heart Surgery
    Miscarriage multiple
    Stroke May-1988
    Paralyzed
    Risk Factors: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Smoking, Aviophobia

    TELEVISION
    Here's Lucy Lucille Carter (1968-74)
    The Lucy Show Lucy Carmichael (1962-68)
    The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour Lucille Ball (1957-60)
    I Love Lucy Lucy Ricardo (1951-57)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Stone Pillow (5-Nov-1985)
    Mame (27-Mar-1974)
    Yours, Mine and Ours (24-Apr-1968)
    A Guide for the Married Man (25-May-1967)
    Critic's Choice (13-Apr-1963) · Angela Ballantine
    The Facts of Life (14-Nov-1960) · Kitty Weaver
    Forever, Darling (9-Feb-1956) · Susan Vega
    The Long, Long Trailer (18-Feb-1954) · Tacy Collini
    The Magic Carpet (Oct-1951)
    The Fuller Brush Girl (15-Sep-1950) · Sally Elliot
    Fancy Pants (19-Jul-1950)
    Easy Living (8-Oct-1949) · Anne
    Miss Grant Takes Richmond (20-Sep-1949) · Ellen Grant
    Sorrowful Jones (5-Jun-1949)
    Her Husband's Affairs (12-Nov-1947) · Margaret Weldon
    Lured (28-Aug-1947)
    Easy to Wed (11-Jul-1946) · Gladys Benton
    Lover Come Back (21-Jun-1946)
    Two Smart People (4-Jun-1946)
    The Dark Corner (9-Apr-1946) · Kathleen
    Ziegfeld Follies (8-Apr-1946) · Specialty
    Without Love (22-Mar-1945) · Kitty Trimble
    Meet the People (21-Apr-1944) · Julie Hampton
    Thousands Cheer (13-Sep-1943) · Herself
    Du Barry Was a Lady (13-Aug-1943) · May Daly
    Best Foot Forward (29-Jun-1943) · Herself
    Seven Days' Leave (13-Nov-1942) · Terry Havalok-Allen
    The Big Street (13-Aug-1942) · Gloria Lyons
    Valley of the Sun (6-Feb-1942)
    Look Who's Laughing (21-Nov-1941) · Julie Patterson
    A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob (4-Mar-1941)
    Too Many Girls (8-Oct-1940) · Connie Casey
    Dance, Girl, Dance (30-Aug-1940)
    You Can't Fool Your Wife (21-May-1940) · Clara Hinklin -- Mercedes Vasquez
    The Marines Fly High (4-Mar-1940)
    That's Right -- You're Wrong (24-Nov-1939) · Sandra Sand
    Five Came Back (23-Jun-1939) · Peggy Nolan
    Panama Lady (12-May-1939)
    Twelve Crowded Hours (23-Feb-1939) · Paula Sanders
    Beauty for the Asking (10-Feb-1939) · Jean Russell
    Next Time I Marry (1-Dec-1938)
    Annabel Takes a Tour (11-Nov-1938) · Annabel
    Room Service (30-Sep-1938) · Christine
    The Affairs of Annabel (9-Sep-1938) · Annabel
    Having Wonderful Time (1-Jun-1938) · Miriam
    Joy of Living (6-May-1938) · Salina
    Go Chase Yourself (22-Apr-1938) · Carol Meeley
    Stage Door (8-Oct-1937) · Judith
    That Girl from Paris (31-Dec-1936) · Claire Williams
    Follow the Fleet (20-Feb-1936) · Kitty Collins
    Chatterbox (17-Jan-1936) · Lillian Temple
    I Dream Too Much (27-Nov-1935) · Gwendolyn Dilley

Author of books:
Love, Lucy (1996, memoir)

Appears on postage stamps:
USA, Scott #3523 (34 cents, self-adhesive, issued 6-Aug-2001)


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