Has there ever been a greater female comedian than Lucille Ball? Her unique comedic style made her loved by millions all over the world. When she passed away in 1989, it took away one of the funniest women that has ever been on television. So many of us grew up watching her Lucy shows and there were several different ones over the years.
Lucy was born in 1911. In 1925, Lucy went to a New York drama school with Bette Davis. Lucy dropped out later because they did not think she would have a career in acting. Boy, were they ever wrong.
In the following days, she was a fashion model and did some Broadway. The first movies she played in were not that great, although she did do some filming with The Marx Brothers and The Three Stooges. It was in 1940, while filming a movie called Too Many Girls, that she met Desi Arnaz.
They eloped a year later. He was the true love of her life. Lucy and Desi had many problems during their marriage, but stayed together off and on until they finally divorced in 1960. Lucy and Desi had two children together, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr.
Lucy was doing a radio show in 1948 called My Favorite Husband. It was very popular and led to the television hit, I Love Lucy. We all know how that turned out. Lucy insisted that she and Desi be allowed to play in the show together.
At first CBS was not crazy about the idea, but they came around. Later, The I Love Lucy Show evolved into The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour. These shows are still watched by millions all the time in rerun on satellite and cable television channels.
After her divorce from Arnaz, Lucy also starred in The Lucy show, which ran from 1962 through 1968 and then, Here’s Lucy, from 1968 through 1974. She also starred in several movies during this time. She did two movies with Desi, The Long, Long Trailer in1954, and Forever Darling in 1956. She made Yours, Mine, and Ours with Henry Fonda and Mame with Rosalind Russell.
Desi and Lucy also shared the production company, Desilu. Eventually after their divorce Lucy bought out Desi’s share. She was one of the first women to head a production company. They say she was good, but sometimes tough.
The production company had several hit shows over the years such as Star Trek, Andy Griffith, Make Room for Daddy, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and more. Lucy has truly been irreplaceable because she was one of a kind