Lucille Ball was born August 6, 1911 in Jamestown, New York. Taking an early decision to become an actress, she left high school at age 15, and with her mother's approval, registered in John Murray Anderson Drama School in New York City. Though she was auditioned constantly and many a times, she was informed that she had no aptitude, and was never accepted to the school. With no experience under her belt and very little acting part for women offered, she took a profession as a model, using the name Diane Belmont. Reasonably successful, she became an Earl Carrol showgirl and commenced modeling for one of the most accepted fashion designer, Hattie Carnegie. Carnegie chose she to be the Chesterfield Cigarette Girl in 1933. The place won her countrywide revelation for the first time, and caught the notice of Hollywood. She made her debut in Eddie Cantor's musical, "Roman Scandals" in 1933.
Lucille Ball carried on with the audition for movies, and caught small performances in low funded feature films like, "Blood Money" in 1933 and "Kid Millions" the following year. The achievement of her first roles would guide to bigger and better parts. She would appear in over 60 films by the late 1940s, including feature films starring Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers and Bob Hope.
After acting in the musical "Too Many Girls," in 1940 with famous Cuban band head, Desi Arnaz, she fell in love with her co-star, and wedded him later that year. Band and career programme conflicted time and again, and the newlyweds repeatedly found themselves on opposite sides of the country. Lucy appealed for divorce in 1944, but managed to patch things up just one day before the divorce was to be confirmed.
Ball and Arnaz's coupling had been labeled turbulent in the late 1950s, and after 179 episodes of the "I Love Lucy Show," which they had launched by a mutual consent, they decided to call it quits to protect their marriage. While they said farewell to the old show, they began recording another, named "The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour." The 60-minute show didn't need the time and concentration of their previous works, and Arnaz and Ball once again appeared happy and are in love with each other. Arnaz spent not as much of time in the recording studio as earlier with his band, and spent it more at home, working with "Desilu." By the end of the 1950s, Desilu became an influential, appreciated corporation, producing such hit TV shows as "Star Trek" and "Mission Impossible."
After 20 years of marriage, she and Arnaz divorced in 1960. While Arnaz switched to alcohol and was hardly ever seen in public again, Ball took out a loan for $3 million and bought her ex-husbands half of Desilu. At the time, Desilu was the world's major production facility and Lucy's acquisition made her the first woman in history to hold such a place.
In 1962, motivated by fans, she reintroduced Lucy to TV, as she starred in "The Lucy Show." It would run successfully for six years, and feature her real life children, Lucie and Desi Jr., and former co-star, Vivian Vance. When "The Lucy Show" went off the air, she spent no time in restructuring the show and starring in a new series formed on the same character. "Here's Lucy," was immediately selected by the networks and ran on prime time through 1974. It was during this same period when she opened up and began performing the roles other than mere comedy. She won rave appraisals for her appearance on Broadway in 1961s, "Wildcat." On the heels of that success, she teamed with Bob Hope for two feature films and co-starred with Henry Fonda in the seriously commended, "Yours, Mine and Ours."
She remarried in 1968, to Gary Morton as her second husband. Morton, an ex- comedian, worked with Lucille Ball to assist in creating "Lucille Ball Productions."
In the late 70s and early 80s, she made only infrequent appearances on TV, more often than not as the guest star. In 1985, she played the part of a New York homeless woman in the TV film, "Stone Pillow." The subsequent year, at the age of 75, Lucille Ball debuted "Life with Lucy," a half hour comedy sequence. It was on the screens for only two months before being canceled She spent much of the rest of her life out of the spotlight. Lucille Ball last public emergence was at the 1989 .
One week after Lucille Ball gone through open heart surgery, on April 26, 1989, she suffered a ruptured aorta and died. Lucille Ball was 77 years old. She is survived by two children. Desi Arnaz died of cancer in 1986. Today, "I Love Lucy" is viewed in more than 80 countries and remains one of the most accepted TV shows of all time.