Lucy spent the 30s and 40s acting in B movies. She did so many she became known as "Queen of the B's". This title followed her until her fame in "I Love Lucy" won her the title of "America's Favorite Redhead".
Lucy had to convince CBS to allow Desi Arnaz to play her husband in "I Love Lucy" by taking a vaudeville act on tour with him. The act was based on the premise of "I Love Lucy" and proved to CBS that America accepted Desi as her husband.
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz made the company Desilu. After Lucy and Desi divorced Desi sold his portion of Desilu to Lucy, making her the first woman to run a studio ever!
From 1955 until her death in 1989, Lucille Ball lived at 1000 North Roxbury Drive in Beverly Hills. The Georgian style brick home was next door to the homes of James Stewart and Jack Benny. Other neighbors on Roxbury Drive included Rosemary Clooney and Ira Gershwin.
In the summer of 2005, Lucille Ball was voted America's most beloved deceased star.
After the demise of Desilu Productions, she also founded Lucille Ball Productions in 1968.
Lucy has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
When Lucy married Gary Morton 1961, she asked Desi if she could marry him.
Lucy is still known as "America's Favorite Redhead".
Lucy went to audition for a school of the performing arts and was kicked out because she "didn't have any talent" .
When they were first married in 1940, Desi had to give Lucy a ring from a drugstore because all jewelry stores were closed. Lucy wore it for the rest of their marriage.
For many years, Lucy (born 1911) hid the fact that she was six years older than hubby Desi (born 1917). They split the difference in years and claimed both were born in 1914.
Lucy was pictured on a commemorative US Postal stamp in the Legends of Hollywood series issued in 2001.
Lucille Ball posthumously received the Women's International Center Living Legacy Award in 1990.
She was married to comedian Gary Morton from November 19, 1961 until her death on April 26, 1989.
The day after I Love Lucy's final taping, Lucy filed for divorce from Desi Arnaz.
Lucy, along with husband Desi Arnaz, pioneered the 3-camera technique now the standard in filming TV sitcoms.
Lucy and Desi Arnaz began I Love Lucy show in 1951 in the hopes of saving their crumbling marriage. It did until their divorce in 1960.
Lucille Ball was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 2002.
Lucy did not enjoy the nickname "Queen of Comedy" that was given to her.
She was Frank Sinatra's first choice to play his mother in the 1962 film The Manchurian Candidate.
Lucy is buried at Lake View Cemetery in Jamestown, NY.
Lucy was of English, Scottish and French descent.
Lucy suffered three miscarriages during her marriage to Desi Arnaz.
She has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. One is for motion pictures and the other for television.
Lucy was honored by the Kennedy Center in 1986.
Her favorite movie she ever made was the 1942 film The Big Street.
When she was a model, Lucy went by the name "Dianne Belmont".
Lucy was chosen by TV Guide as the greatest TV star of all time.
She was once fired from her job at an ice cream store because she kept forgetting to put bananas in banana splits.
Before her movie and television career, Lucy was a model at Hattie Carnegie's in New York City.
Lucy and her son, Desi Arnaz Jr., appeared together on the very first cover of TV Guide magazine in 1953.
Lucy once registered as a voter for the Communist party as a favor to her grandfather.
Although best known for being a redhead, Lucy was actually born a burnette.
Lucille Ball was named the most beloved dead celebrity with the Q score. It rated how familiar people were with her work and how much she was liked
She was going to give actress Barbara Eden a contract with DesiLu had 20th Century Fox not called March 21,1957 the day the episode "Country Club Dance" was being filmed with the news that Barbara would be starring in the syndicated How To Marry A Millionaire.
In 1961, Lucy starred in the Broadway musical "Wildcat".
She wrote her autobiography, Love, Lucy with Betty Hannah Hoffman in about 1966, but it was hidden away and forgotten about. It was discovered and published in 1996.
Lucy and Desi began the CBS series I Love Lucy in the hopes of saving their crumbling marriage.
During the 1933 filming of Roman Scandals, young Lucille Ball, portraying a slave girl, needed to have her eyebrows entirely shaved off. They never grew back.
Lucille died on April 26, 1989, which coincidentally was the 56th birthday of her friend, Carol Burnett.
Lucy and her son Desi Arnaz, Jr. appeared together on the very first cover of TV Guid magazine in 1953.
Lucy was the first woman to own her own film studio, Deslilu Productions.
She was married to Cuban actor/singer Desi Arnaz from November 30, 1940 until May 4, 1960. They had 2 children: Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr.
Lucille: I'd rather regret the things I have done, than the things I have not.
Lucille (1989): I'm happy that I have brought laughter because I have been shown by many the value of it in so many lives, in so many ways.
Lucille (1972): Women's Lib? Oh, I'm afraid it doesn't interest me one bit. I've been so liberated it hurts.
Lucille (1960): I will never do another TV series. It couldn't top I Love Lucy, and I'd be foolish to try. In this business, you have to know when to get off.
Lucille (1971): I hate failure and that divorce was a Number One failure in my eyes. It was the worst period of my life. Neither Desi nor I have been the same since, physically or mentally.
Lucille (1955): I'm sometimes scared of everything that has happened to us. We didn't think Desilu Productions would grow so big. We merely wanted to be together and have two children.
Lucille (1952): How I Love Lucy was born? We decided that instead of divorce lawyers profiting from our mistakes, we'd profit from them.
Lucille (1953): I am a real ham. I love an audience. I work better with an audience. I am dead, in fact, without one.
Lucy's second husband Garry Morton speaking about her on the show I've Got a Secret: She doesn't think she's funny offstage but she is. Sometimes she can say to me "Goodnight, Garry", then turn around and walk right into a wall.
Lucille: I'm not funny. What I am is brave.
Lucille: Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.
Lucille: Luck? I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked on it and I'm afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work - and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't.
Lucille: One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn't pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.
Lucille: The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.
Lucille: You see much more of your children once they leave home.