Ball, Lucille

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Ball, Lucille Gender: F
Lucille Désirée Ball
born on 6 August 1911 at 17:00 (= 5:00 PM )
Place Jamestown, New York, 42n06, 79w14
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 13°18' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 07°22 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 01°51'

Lucille Ball (1955)


American actress and comedienne in more than 50 films from her debut in 1933, yet best known for her sitcoms I Love Lucy (1951-1957) and The Lucy Show (1962-1968). Originally a brunette, she was nicknamed "Tessie Technicolor" for her flaming red dyed hair as she became "Queen of the B pictures." For her TV work she was nominated for 13 Primetime Emmy Awards, winning five times.

Lucille was the daughter of a telephone lineman who died when she was four. When her mom remarried, she was left in the care of in-laws in upstate New York. To keep her under control, they put a dog collar on her and leashed her to an overhead wire in the backyard. At 12 she made her first attempt to run away from home. At 15, she made it, heading for New York to be a movie star. With plain brown hair but a great shape, she was hired and fired from a number of jobs. Within a year Lucy was modeling, but at 17, she came down with rheumatic fever. She spent two years as an invalid. At 20, back on her feet, she got a small movie role, as a slave girl in a flashy 1933 musical called Roman Scandals. Frantic for fame, she toed her mark, knew her lines and dyed her hair the color of boiled shrimp. She began playing roles as the leading lady's smart-ass sidekick.

As a 29-year-old contract player, she met 23-year-old Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz on the set of the film Too Many Girls, which later proved an ironic omen. They married six months later, in 1940. A decade later Lucy was starring on radio in the popular CBS show My Favorite Husband. Desi was spending much of the time on the road playing rumba gigs and looking for hot tamales. When the network launched a version of the show for the new medium of TV, she insisted that Desi be cast as her spouse, considering that they might salvage their marriage if he was working locally. The result was magic. From a debut on 15 October 1951 at 9:00 PM in New York City, I Love Lucy in its six-year run made perfect use of Ball's vibrant talent with Desi as the ideal foil, becoming the most successful comedy series on TV and earning millions for the production company. Every week 40 million viewers watched the onscreen antics of the Ricardo family and Lucy gained the reputation of being one of the world's greatest female clowns.

Lucie was born in 1951, three months before the show debut, and Desi Jr. in 1953. Off-screen, Lucy and Desi had a tempestuous love affair that survived through Desi's drinking, gambling and infidelity for 20 years until 1962, when they divorced.

A multi-millionaire with the Desilu Studio, Lucy was a shrewd and highly competent production executive. She bought out Desi for $2.5 million and was the sole owner of the world's largest production facility for seven years. Some years later she sold the corporation to Gulf and Western for $17 million.

Desi died of cancer in 1986, and in his teens, Desi Jr. hit the drug scene. Daughter Lucie did well on stage. Lucy married comedian Gary Morton in 1963 and they had 28 years together.

On 19 April 1989, Ball complained of chest pains. At the hospital, the doctor diagnosed a dissecting aortic aneurysm and she underwent heart surgery. She died on 26 April 1989 at 5:47 AM in Los Angeles when her aorta had ruptured again. She was 77.

In 1994 her hand-written autobiography was found and published two years later. TV has the reruns of 179 hilarious half-hours. Lucy once said, "I've had a sensational 25 years. It's nice to have entertained five generations."

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • friend relationship with Bailey, Jim (born 10 January 1938)
  • friend relationship with White, Betty (born 17 January 1922)
  • parent->child relationship with Arnaz, Lucie (born 17 July 1951)
  • spouse relationship with Arnaz, Desi (born 2 March 1917). Notes: Bitter very
  • role played of/by Heche, Anne (born 25 May 1969). Notes: 2020 radio play "LUCY LOVES DESI"
  • role played of/by Kidman, Nicole (born 20 June 1967). Notes: 2021 film "Being the Ricardos"


  • Health : Acute illness 1929 (Rhumatic fever two years)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1940 (Desi Arnaz)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 1951 (Daughter Lucie born)
  • Work : Begin Major Project 15 October 1951 (Debut of "I Love Lucy")
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 1953 (Son Desi Jr. born)
  • Work : Retired 24 September 1961 (Last episode of "I Love Lucy")
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  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1962 (Desi Arnaz)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1963 (Gary Morton)
  • Health : Medical procedure 19 April 1989 (Heart surgery for aneurysm)
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  • Death by Heart Attack 26 April 1989 at 05:47 AM in Los Angeles (Age 77)
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Source Notes

Biographer Kathy Brady quotes B.R.


  • Traits : Body : Hair (Brown, dyed red)
  • Traits : Mind : Education limited (Left school at 15)
  • Traits : Personality : Ambitious (Wanted fame)
  • Traits : Personality : Hard worker
  • Traits : Personality : Unique (One of a kind)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Heart (Terminal)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Drugs (Heavy smoker)
  • Family : Childhood : Abuse - Physical/ Verbal (Rough treatment)
  • Family : Childhood : Family traumatic event (Dad died, mom left)
  • Family : Childhood : Memories Bad (Poor care from kin)
  • Family : Relationship : Divorce bitter (Desi)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (Desi 22 years, Gary Morton 28 years)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Desi Arnaz)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Relationship : Stress - Extramarital affairs (Desi played around)
  • Family : Parenting : Birthing - Miscarriages (Two or three miscarriages before Lucie born)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids - Noted (Both kids in entertainment business)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids -Traumatic event (Desi Jr. into drugs as a teen)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Work in team/ Tandem (Lucy and Desi)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field (Sold Desilu for $17 million)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Wealthy
  • Lifestyle : Home : Left home early less than 18 (Ran away from home at 15)
  • Vocation : Business : Top executive (Head of Desilu Studio)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (TV, film, radio, stage)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Comedy
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Live Stage
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Entertain Producer
  • Notable : Awards : Emmy
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women