A woman full of grace, beauty, and comedic faces that no one else could replicate. Starting out in early films such as Follow the Fleet (1936) and Stage Door (1937), she became the Queen of the B’s by the late 1930s. America loved the beautiful brunette (not yet red ) already, but they had no idea what was to come in her phenomenal career.
In 1940, she met Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz while filming Too Many Girls. And the rest is history from there. 1951 became the monumental year that I Love Lucy began it’s six year run as one of the most popular TV shows of all time. She revolutionized the women of television and began a comedic career that was unprecedented. From starring with countless guest stars to scheming with Ethel for revenge on those tricky husbands, Lucille Ball became a household name.
In her later years, she starred in a few films including Yours, Mine, and Ours (1968) but her career continued to decline from there on. By the 1980s, her career was finished.
But, at the 1989 Academy Awards, her last public appearance and just four weeks before her death, she and the equally legendary Bob Hope were given a standing ovation when they went up to present together. It was a beautiful moment in Classic Hollywood history.
Lucille Ball should and will be remembered throughout history for her amazing accomplishments in film and television. But more importantly, for the way she charmed the nation with her beauty, jokes, and contagious laugh. Happy Birthday Lucille Ball, you’ll forever be in our hearts!