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Also Known As: Died: April 26, 1989
Born: August 6, 1911 Cause of Death: cardiac arrest after open heart surgery
Birth Place: Jamestown, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Raised in Celoron, NY
1927:
Hired to dance in touring company of "Rio Rita" but fired because she couldn't handle choreography; later fired from chorus jobs in three shows (date approximate)
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Changed professional name to Diane Belmont in the late 1920s
1929:
Feature film debut in "Bulldog Drummond"
1931:
Worked briefly as a Hattie Carnegie model before being paralyzed from waist down with rheumatoid arthritis; cured two years later (date approximate)
1933:
Selected as a Goldwyn Girl to appear in "Roman Scandals," starring Eddie Cantor
1935:
Joined Columbia appearing in bit parts, walk-ons and as a foil for the Three Stooges; first film billing in "Carnival"; fired by Columbia in an economy move
1935:
Signed by RKO
1937:
Breakthrough film, "Stage Door"
1938:
Acted in "Room Service," supporting the Marx Brothers
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Played leading roles in a number of B films for RKO including "The Affairs of Annabel" (1938) and "Five Came Back" (1939)
1940:
First acted onscreen with Desi Arnaz in "Too Many Girls"
1942:
Starred opposite Henry Fonda in "The Big Street," playing the uncharacteristically dramatic role of a crippled nightclub singer
1942:
Signed by MGM to be groomed as musical star; learned comic use of props on backlot from Buster Keaton
1943:
Teamed with Red Skelton in the film version of the Broadway musical "Du Barry Was a Lady"
1946:
Worked freelance after MGM contract expired
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Starred on radio in "My Favorite Husband" playing a scatter-brained wife opposite actor Richard Denning
1949:
First screen teaming with Bob Hope in "Sorrowful Jones"
1949:
Returned to Columbia with a three-picture deal
1950:
Again appeared opposite Hope in "Fancy Pants"
1951:
Formed Desilu Productions Arnaz
1951:
Starred in the TV sitcom, "I Love Lucy" (CBS); she and Arnaz had undertaken a stage tour in part to prove to CBS executives that audiences would accept them as a married couple and that they could work together as a team
1954:
Co-starred with Arnaz in "The Long, Long Trailer"
1956:
Reteamed with Arnaz for the feature "Forever Darling"
1957:
Desilu Productions bought old RKO Studio lot (date approximate)
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Appeared in a series of one-hour specials under the umbrella title of "The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour/The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show"; episodes aired as part of "Desilu Playhouse"
1960:
Reteamed with Bob Hope for the feature "The Facts of Life"
1960:
Starred in Broadway musical "Wildcat"; run cut short reportedly due to Ball's health
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As president of Desilu, became first woman ever to head a major Hollywood film production company
1962:
Bought out Desi Arnaz's share of Desilu
1962:
Starred in the popular TV sitcom "The Lucy Show" (CBS); show reteamed her with sidekick Vivian Vance and also featured Gale Gordon
1963:
Starred opposite Bob Hope in "Critics Choice"
1967:
Sold Desilu to Gulf + Western
1967:
Formed Lucille Ball Productions
1968:
Co-starred with Henry Fonda in the feature comedy about a blended family "Yours, Mine and Ours"
1968:
Starred on the popular CBS sitcom "Here's Lucy"; show featured her real-life children playing her screen character's kids
1974:
Made final feature film, the critically-derided adaptation of the Broadway musical "Mame"
1980:
Signed production deal with NBC, made one special and a pilot for a proposed series that was not picked up
1985:
TV-movie debut playing the dramatic role of a homeless woman in "The Stone Pillow" (CBS)
1986:
Starred on the short-lived ABC sitcom "Life with Lucy"
1989:
Last public appearance on the annual Academy Awards telecast
1991:
Portrayed by Frances Fisher in the CBS biopic "Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter"
1993:
Daughter Lucie compiled personal home movies to create the award-winning special "Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie" for NBC
1996:
Long-lost autobiography <i>Love, Lucy</i> published

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