Lucille Ball

Lucille Ball

  • Highest Rated: 100% That's Entertainment! III (1994)
  • Lowest Rated: 29% Mame (1974)
  • Birthday: Aug 6, 1911
  • Birthplace: Jamestown, New York, U.S.A
  • Left fatherless at the age of four, American actress Lucille Ball developed a strong work ethic in childhood; among her more unusual jobs was as a "seeing eye kid" for a blind soap peddler. Ball's mother sent the girl to the Chautauqua Institution for piano lessons, but she was determined to pursue an acting career after watching the positive audience reaction given to vaudeville monologist Julius Tannen. Young Ball performed in amateur plays for the Elks club and at her high school, at one point starring, staging, and publicizing a production of Charley's Aunt. In 1926, Ball enrolled in the John Murray Anderson American Academy of Dramatic Art in Manhattan (where Bette Davis was the star pupil), but was discouraged by her teachers to continue due to her shyness. Her reticence notwithstanding, Ball kept trying until she got chorus-girl work and modeling jobs; but even then she received little encouragement from her peers, and the combination of a serious auto accident and recurring stomach ailments seemed to bode ill for her theatrical future. Still, Ball was no quitter, and, in 1933, she managed to become one of the singing/dancing Goldwyn Girls for movie producer Samuel Goldwyn; her first picture was Eddie Cantor's Roman Scandals (1933). Working her way up from bit roles at both Columbia Pictures (where one of her assignments was in a Three Stooges short) and RKO Radio, Ball finally attained featured billing in 1935, and stardom in 1938 -- albeit mostly in B-movies. Throughout the late 1930s and '40s, Ball's movie career moved steadily, if not spectacularly; even when she got a good role like the nasty-tempered nightclub star in The Big Street (1942), it was usually because the "bigger" RKO contract actresses had turned it down. By the time she finished a contract at MGM (she was dubbed "Technicolor Tessie" at the studio because of her photogenic red hair and bright smile) and returned to Columbia in 1947, she was considered washed up. Ball's home life was none too secure, either. She'd married Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz in 1940, but, despite an obvious strong affection for one another, they had separated and considered divorce numerous times during the war years. Hoping to keep her household together, Ball sought out professional work in which she could work with her husband. Offered her own TV series in 1950, she refused unless Arnaz would co-star. Television was a godsend for the couple; and Arnaz discovered he had a natural executive ability, and was soon calling all the shots for what would become I Love Lucy. From 1951 through 1957, it was the most popular sitcom on television, and Ball, after years of career stops and starts, was firmly established as a megastar in her role of zany, disaster-prone Lucy Ricardo. When her much-publicized baby was born in January 1953, the story received more press coverage than President Eisenhower's inauguration. With their new Hollywood prestige, Ball and Arnaz were able to set up the powerful Desilu Studios production complex, ultimately purchasing the facilities of RKO, where both performers had once been contract players. But professional pressures and personal problems began eroding the marriage, and Ball and Arnaz divorced in 1960, although both continued to operate Desilu. Ball gave Broadway a try in the 1960 musical Wildcat, which was successful but no hit, and, in 1962, returned to TV to solo as Lucy Carmichael on The Lucy Show. She'd already bought out Arnaz's interest in Desilu, and, before selling the studio to Gulf and Western in 1969, Ball had become a powerful executive in her own right, determinedly guiding the destinies of such fondly remembered TV series as Star Trek and Mission: Impossible. The Lucy Show ended in the spring of 1968, but Ball was back that fall with Here's Lucy, in which she played "odd job" specialist Lucy Carter and co-starred with her real-life children, Desi Jr. and Lucie. Here's Lucy lasted until 1974, at which time her career took some odd dire

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet The Fabulous '50s Actor 2002
No Score Yet Judy Garland's Hollywood Actor 1997
100% That's Entertainment! III Actor 1994
No Score Yet Wisecracks Actor 1993
No Score Yet The Best of Danny Kaye - The Television Years Actor 1993
No Score Yet Lucy & Desi: A Home Movie Actor 1992
No Score Yet Lucy: Queen of Comedy Actor 1990
No Score Yet Smoke That Cigarette Actor 1987
No Score Yet Stone Pillow Florabelle 1985
No Score Yet Bob Hope Buys NBC? Actor 1985
No Score Yet Lucy Calls the President Executive Producer Actor 1977
No Score Yet Happy Anniversary and Goodbye Norma Michaels 1974
29% Mame Mame Dennis 1974
50% Yours, Mine and Ours Helen North Beardsley 1968
57% A Guide for the Married Man Technical Advisor 1967
No Score Yet Critic's Choice Angela Ballantine 1963
No Score Yet The Facts of Life Kitty Weaver 1960
No Score Yet Forever, Darling Susan Vega 1956
38% The Long, Long Trailer Tracy Collini 1954
No Score Yet The Magic Carpet Narah 1951
No Score Yet The Fuller Brush Girl Sally Elliot 1950
No Score Yet A Woman of Distinction Guest 1950
No Score Yet Fancy Pants Agatha Floud 1950
No Score Yet Miss Grant Takes Richmond Ellen Grant 1949
No Score Yet Sorrowful Jones Gladys O'Neill 1949
No Score Yet Easy Living Anne 1949
No Score Yet Her Husband's Affairs Margaret Weldon 1947
100% Lured Sandra Carpenter 1947
No Score Yet Easy to Wed Gladys Benton 1946
100% The Dark Corner Kathleen Stewart 1946
67% Ziegfeld Follies Herself 1946
No Score Yet Abbott and Costello in Hollywood Herself 1945
No Score Yet Without Love Kitty Trimble 1945
No Score Yet Meet the People Julie Hampton 1944
No Score Yet Thousands Cheer Actor 1943
No Score Yet Du Barry Was a Lady May Daly/Madame Du Barry 1943
No Score Yet Best Foot Forward Lucille Ball 1943
No Score Yet DuBarry Was a Lady Actor 1943
No Score Yet Seven Days' Leave Terry Havalok-Allen 1942
No Score Yet The Big Street Gloria Lyons 1942
No Score Yet Valley of the Sun Christine Larson 1942
No Score Yet Look Who's Laughing Julie Patterson 1941
No Score Yet A Girl, a Guy and a Gob Dorothy 'Dot' / 'Spindle' Duncan 1941
No Score Yet Too Many Girls Consuelo 'Connie' Casey 1940
80% Dance, Girl, Dance Bubbles 1940
No Score Yet You Can't Fool Your Wife Clara Hinklin/Mercedes Vasquez 1940
No Score Yet Five Came Back Peggy Nolan 1939
No Score Yet Beauty for the Asking Jean Russell 1939
No Score Yet Panama Lady Lucy 1939
67% Room Service Christine Marlowe 1938
No Score Yet The Affairs of Annabel Annabel Allison 1938
No Score Yet Joy of Living Salina 1938
No Score Yet Next Time I Marry Nancy Fleming 1938
No Score Yet Having Wonderful Time Screwball 1938
95% Stage Door Judy 1937
No Score Yet Don't Tell the Wife Ann Howell 1937
No Score Yet That Girl from Paris Claire 'Clair' Williams 1936
No Score Yet Winterset Girl 1936
80% Follow the Fleet Kitty Collins 1936
No Score Yet I Dream Too Much Gwendolyn Dilley 1935
100% Top Hat Flower Clerk 1935
86% Roberta Mannequin 1935
100% The Whole Town's Talking Girl 1935
No Score Yet Carnival (Carnival Nights) Nurse 1935
100% Broadway Bill Bit Part 1934
No Score Yet Kid Millions A 1934 Goidwyn Girl 1934
No Score Yet The Affairs of Cellini Bit Part 1934
No Score Yet Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back Bit Part 1934
67% Nana Chorus Girl 1934
No Score Yet The Bowery Bit Part 1933
No Score Yet Blood Money Bit Part 1933
No Score Yet Roman Scandals Slave Girl 1933
No Score Yet The Kid from Spain 'Goldwyn Girl' 1932
No Score Yet Bulldog Drummond Actor 1929

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet I Love Lucy
1951-1957
Lucy Ricardo Lucy
  • 2019
  • 1957
  • 1956
  • 1955
  • 1954
  • 1953
  • 1952
  • 1951
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet Life with Lucy
1986
Executive Producer Lucy Barker
  • 1986
No Score Yet Three's Company
1977-1984
Host
  • 1982
No Score Yet The Flip Wilson Show
1970-1974
Guest
  • 1971
No Score Yet The Three Stooges
1934-1959
Daisy Simms
  • 1934

QUOTES FROM Lucille Ball CHARACTERS

Anthony Powell
How long have you been coaching this girl?
Catherine Luther
Iâ??ve only had her a month.
Catherine Luther
I've only had her a month.
Judy Canfield
Incredible: No one could possibly get that bad in a monthâ??s time .
Judy Canfield
Incredible: No one could possibly get that bad in a month's time. .
Anthony Powell
Incredible: No one could possibly get that bad in a month's time. .
Eve
Girls, I think we have a new queen bee for the hive.
Judy Canfield
But the same Kingâ??King Anthony the first.
Judy Canfield
But the same King, King Anthony the first.
Judy Canfield
If you werenâ??t so snooty you could have had a date with me tonight.
Judy Canfield
If you weren't so snooty you could have had a date with me tonight.
Jean Maitland
You can have my share of those timber wolves.
Judy Canfield
They may be timber wolves to you, but theyâ??re meat and potatoes to me.
Judy Canfield
They may be timber wolves to you, but they're meat and potatoes to me.
Jean Maitland
Donâ??t you know any younger men?
Jean Maitland
Don't you know any younger men?
Judy Canfield
Iâ??m tired of buying dinners for younger men.
Judy Canfield
I'm tired of buying dinners for younger men.