Lucille Ball, who starred in “I Love Lucy,” was born on August 6, 1911 and died on August 26, 1989 at the age of 77. Her career peaked in the 1950s with the success of “I Love Lucy” and other sitcoms including “The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour,” “The Lucy Show,” “Here’s Lucy” and “Life With Lucy,” and she continued making films through the 1960s and 1970s.
Lucille Ball was also the first woman to run a major television studio with Desilu, which she owned with then-husband Desi Arnaz. Ball took over as sole owner in 1962 when she bought out Arnaz’s share of the studio after their 1960 divorce. She married her second husband, standup comedia Gary Morton, in 1961.
She began her film career in the 1930s and became known as “Queen of the B’s” for starring in a number of B-movies. She also began working in radio.
In 1940, Ball met her future husband, bandleader Desi Arnaz while filming the stage hit “Too Many Girls.” The couple eloped in the same year.
In 1948, Ball was cast as a wacky wife in a radio program called “My Favorite Husband” and was asked to develop it for television. Ball agreed but insisted on working with Arnaz. CBS executives were reluctant to hire Arnaz because he was Cuban, so the couple began touring as a vaudeville act to great success. CBS then put “I Love Lucy” on their lineup and the rest was history.