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Lucille Ball (1911–1989)


The woman who will always be remembered as the crazy, accident-prone, lovable Lucy Ricardo was born Lucille Desiree Ball on August 6, 1911 in Jamestown, New York. Her father died before she was four, and her mother worked several jobs, so she and her younger brother were raised by their grandparents. Always willing to take responsibility for her ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 6 Golden Globes. Another 17 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy Lucy Ricardo
(1951-1957)
Yours, Mine and Ours
Yours, Mine and Ours Helen North Beardsley
(1968)
The Lucy Show
The Lucy Show Lucy Carmichael / Rusty Martin
(1962-1968)
Mame
Mame Mame Dennis
(1974)

Filmography

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 1986 Life with Lucy (TV Series)
Lucy Barker
- Lucy and the Guard Goose (1986) ... Lucy Barker
- Breaking Up is Hard to Do (1986) ... Lucy Barker
- Lucy and Curtis Are Up a Tree (1986) ... Lucy Barker
- World's Greatest Grandma (1986) ... Lucy Barker
- Lucy's Green Thumb (1986) ... Lucy Barker
 1985 Stone Pillow (TV Movie)
Florabelle
 1977 Lucy Calls the President (TV Movie)
Lucy Whittaker
 1976 The Practice (TV Series)
Matilda Morrison
- The Dream (1976) ... Matilda Morrison
 1976 What Now, Catherine Curtis? (TV Movie)
Catherine Curtis
 1975 Three for Two (TV Movie)
Rita / Sally / Pauline
 1975 Lucy Gets Lucky (TV Movie)
Lucy Collins
 1974 Happy Anniversary and Goodbye (TV Movie)
Norma Michaels
 1968-1974 Here's Lucy (TV Series)
Lucy Carter / Lucille Ball
- Lucy Fights the System (1974) ... Lucy Carter
- Where Is My Wandering Mother Tonight? (1974) ... Lucy Carter
- Lucy Carter Meets Lucille Ball (1974) ... Lucy Carter / Lucille Ball
- Lucy and Phil Harris Strike Up the Band (1974) ... Lucy Carter
- Mary Jane's Boyfriend (1974) ... Lucy Carter
 1974 Mame
Mame Dennis
 1971 Make Room for Granddaddy (TV Series)
Lucy Carter
- Lucy and the Lecher (1971) ... Lucy Carter
 1970 Swing Out, Sweet Land (TV Movie)
Statue of Liberty (voice)
 1968 Yours, Mine and Ours
Helen North Beardsley
 1962-1968 The Lucy Show (TV Series)
Lucy Carmichael / Rusty Martin
- Lucy and 'The Boss of the Year' Award (1968) ... Lucy Carmichael
- Lucy and Sid Caesar (1968) ... Lucy Carmichael
- Lucy and the Lost Star (1968) ... Lucy Carmichael
- Lucy Helps Ken Berry (1968) ... Lucy Carmichael
- Lucy and Phil Harris (1968) ... Lucy Carmichael
 1967 A Guide for the Married Man
Technical Adviser (Mrs. Joe X)
 1966 Lucy in London (TV Movie)
Lucy Carmichael
 1964 Mr. and Mrs. (TV Movie)
Bonnie Blakely
 1963 The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series)
Kate Reynolds
- Lady in Limbo (1963) ... Kate Reynolds
 1963 General Foods Opening Night (TV Movie)
 1963 Critic's Choice
Angela Ballantine
 1960 The Facts of Life
Kitty Weaver
 1957-1960 The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (TV Series)
Lucy Ricardo
- Lucy Meets the Mustache (1960) ... Lucy Ricardo
- The Ricardos Go to Japan (1959) ... Lucy Ricardo
- Milton Berle Hides at the Ricardos (1959) ... Lucy Ricardo
- Lucy's Summer Vacation (1959) ... Lucy Ricardo
- Lucy Wants a Career (1959) ... Lucy Ricardo
 1959 Sunday Showcase (TV Series)
Lucy Ricardo
- The Milton Berle Special (1959) ... Lucy Ricardo
 1959 The Ann Sothern Show (TV Series)
Lucy Ricardo
- The Lucy Story (1959) ... Lucy Ricardo
 1959 The Phil Silvers Show (TV Series)
Fainting Fan
- Bilko's Ape Man (1959) ... Fainting Fan (uncredited)
 1959 Make Room for Daddy (TV Series)
Lucy Ricardo
- Lucy Upsets the Williams Household (1959) ... Lucy Ricardo
 1958 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
Kitty Williams
- K.O. Kitty (1958) ... Kitty Williams
 1951-1957 I Love Lucy (TV Series)
Lucy Ricardo
- The Ricardos Dedicate a Statue (1957) ... Lucy Ricardo
- Lucy Raises Tulips (1957) ... Lucy Ricardo
- Country Club Dance (1957) ... Lucy Ricardo
- Building a Bar-B-Q (1957) ... Lucy Ricardo
- Housewarming (1957) ... Lucy Ricardo
 1956 Forever, Darling
Susan Vega
 1956 Lucy's Really Lost Moments
Lucy Ricardo
 1954 The Long, Long Trailer
Tacy Collini
 1953 I Love Lucy
Lucy Ricardo / Herself
 1951 The Magic Carpet
Princess Narah
 1950 The Fuller Brush Girl
Sally Elliot
 1950 Fancy Pants
Agatha Floud
 1950 A Woman of Distinction
Lucille Ball - Cameo Appearance (uncredited)
 1949 Miss Grant Takes Richmond
Ellen Grant
 1949 Easy Living
Anne
 1949 Sorrowful Jones
Gladys O'Neill
 1947 Her Husband's Affairs
Margaret Weldon
 1947 Lured
Sandra Carpenter
 1946 Easy to Wed
Gladys Benton
 1946 Lover Come Back
Kay Williams
 1946 Two Smart People
Ricki Woodner
 1946 The Dark Corner
Kathleen Stewart
 1945 Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood
Lucille Ball (uncredited)
 1945 Ziegfeld Follies
Lucille Ball ('Here's to the Ladies')
 1945 Without Love
Kitty Trimble
 1944 Meet the People
Julie Hampton
 1943 Thousands Cheer
Lucille Ball
 1943 Best Foot Forward
Lucille Ball
 1943 Du Barry Was a Lady
May Daly / Madame Du Barry
 1942 Seven Days' Leave
Terry Havalok-Allen
 1942 The Big Street
Gloria Lyons
 1942 Valley of the Sun
Christine Larson
 1941 Look Who's Laughing
Julie Patterson
 1941 A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob
Dorothy 'Dot' / 'Spindle' Duncan
 1940 Too Many Girls
Connie Casey
 1940 Dance, Girl, Dance
Bubbles
 1940 You Can't Fool Your Wife
Clara Fields Hinklin / Mercedes Vasquez
 1940 The Marines Fly High
Joan Grant
 1939 That's Right - You're Wrong
Sandra Sand
 1939 Five Came Back
Peggy Nolan
 1939 Panama Lady
Lucy
 1939 Twelve Crowded Hours
Paula Sanders
 1939 Beauty for the Asking
Jean Russell
 1938 Next Time I Marry
Nancy Crocker Fleming
 1938 Annabel Takes a Tour
Annabel Allison
 1938 Room Service
Christine Marlowe
 1938 The Affairs of Annabel
Annabel Allison
 1938 Having Wonderful Time
Miriam
 1938 Joy of Living
Salina Pine
 1938 Go Chase Yourself
Carol Meeley
 1937 Stage Door
Judith
 1937 There Goes My Girl (scenes deleted)
 1937 Don't Tell the Wife
Ann 'Annie' Howell
 1936 That Girl from Paris
Claire 'Clair' Williams
 1936 Winterset
Girl (uncredited)
 1936 One Live Ghost (Short)
Maxine
 1936 So and Sew (Short)
Sally Curtis
 1936 Dummy Ache (Short)
The Actress
 1936 Swing It (Short)
Mary (uncredited)
 1936 Bunker Bean
Rosie Kelly
 1936 The Farmer in the Dell
Gloria Wilson
 1936 Follow the Fleet
Kitty Collins
 1936 Muss 'em Up
Departing Train Passenger (uncredited)
 1936 Chatterbox
Lillian Temple
 1935 Foolish Hearts (Short)
Hat Check Girl (uncredited)
 1935 I Dream Too Much
Gwendolyn Dilley
 1935 The Three Musketeers
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1935 Top Hat
Flower Clerk (uncredited)
 1935 Old Man Rhythm
College Girl (uncredited)
 1935 A Night at the Biltmore Bowl (Short)
Lucille Ball
 1935 Hooray for Love
Chorine (uncredited)
 1935 I'll Love You Always
Lucille (uncredited)
 1935 Roberta
Fashion Model (uncredited)
 1935 The Whole Town's Talking
Bank Employee (uncredited)
 1935 Carnival
Nurse (uncredited)
 1935 His Old Flame (Short)
 1935 Behind the Evidence
Secretary (uncredited)
 1934 Fugitive Lady
Beauty Operator (uncredited)
 1934 Three Little Pigskins (Short)
Daisy Simms
 1934 Broadway Bill
Blonde Telephone Operator (uncredited)
 1934 Jealousy
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1934 Men of the Night
Peggy (uncredited)
 1934 Perfectly Mismated (Short)
 1934 Kid Millions
Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
 1934 The Affairs of Cellini
Lady-in-Waiting (uncredited)
 1934 Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back
Bridesmaid (uncredited)
 1934 Murder at the Vanities
Earl Carroll Girl (uncredited)
 1934 Bottoms Up
Chorine (uncredited)
 1934 Hold That Girl
Girl (uncredited)
 1934 Nana
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
 1934 Moulin Rouge
Show Girl (uncredited)
 1933 Roman Scandals
Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
 1933 Blood Money
Drury's Girlfriend at Racetrack (uncredited)
 1933 Broadway Thru a Keyhole
2nd Girl with Louie at the Beach (uncredited)
 1933 The Bowery
Blonde (uncredited)
Show Show Production manager (5 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (22 credits)
Show Show Producer (10 credits)
Show Show Director (2 credits)
Show Show Thanks (3 credits)
Show Show Self (137 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (98 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Wildcat Jackson") in "Wildcat" on Broadway. Musical comedy. Book by N. Richard Nash. Music by Cy Coleman. Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh. Musical Director / Dance arrangements / vocal arrangements by John Morris. Music arranged / orchestrated by Robert Ginzler and Sid Ramin. Scenic Design by Peter Larkin. Costume Design ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Biographical Movies | 18 Print Biographies | 5 Portrayals | 1 Interview | 17 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 29 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Height:

5' 6½" (1.69 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on Audrey Hepburn] She's a tomboy and a fine comedienne. You'd never think of her being able to do my type of comedy. But she can. She has great energy, frail as she looks. But, well, she's so beautiful, so ethereal, it would be sacrilege to put her through it. See more »

Trivia:

In July 1967 she sold Desilu Productions, consisting of 36 sound stages, 2000 employees and 62 acres adjacent to Paramount, to Gulf+Western Industries for $17 million. She received $10 million in Gulf+Western stock for her 60% of Desilu, the remaining $7 million being distributed to 3878 stockholders. See more »

Trademark:

Husky voice See more »

Nickname:

The First Lady of Television See more »

Star Sign:

Leo

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