- NAME: Lucille Ball
- OCCUPATION: Television Actress, Comedian
- BIRTH DATE: August 06, 1911
- DEATH DATE: April 26, 1989
- Did You Know?: Lucille Ball gave birth to her actual son Desi Arnaz, Jr. on January 19, 1953, the same day that she gave birth to Little Ricky on the series I Love Lucy.
- EDUCATION: John Murray Anderson School for the Dramatic Arts
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Jamestown, New York
- PLACE OF DEATH: Los Angeles, California
- Full Name: Lucille Désirée Ball
- AKA: Lucille Ball
- AKA: Diane Belmont
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One of America's most beloved comedians, Lucille Ball is particularly known for her iconic television show I Love Lucy.
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Lucille Ball moved to Hollywood and met Cuban-born entertainer Desi Arnaz while working on the film "Dance, Girl, Dance." The pair formed Desilu Productions and soon began their own pioneering television sitcom on CBS, "I Love Lucy."
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After just eight episodes it was canceled.
It was to be Ball's last real television role. Three years later, on April 26, 1989, she died from a ruptured aorta following open-heart surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
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Model and comedienne Lucille Ball met Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz in 1940 while filming Too Many Girls. They fell for one another instantly and eloped later that year. In 1951, they debuted the hit television series I Love Lucy, starring as the zany middle-class couple Lucy and Ricky Ricardo. With near-perfect timing and a genius for ad-libbing, the red-haired Ball cruised through 179 episodes. The duo also founded Desilu Productions in 1950, a successful independent television production company. Ball and Arnaz divorced in 1960, ending one of television's greatest marriages, though they remained friends until his death in 1986.
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