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Lucille Ball Profile

A once-in-a-lifetime blend of beauty and comic genius, Lucille Ball (1911-1989) is best remembered for I Love Lucy and its sitcom sequels, which earned her the title of "the preeminent woman in the history of television." But before and during her TV reign, Ball was a bona fide movie star. The Jamestown, N.Y., native got her start in films as a "Goldwyn Girl" and landed a contract at RKO, where her early films included the Astaire/Rogers Top Hat (1935). She soon became known as "Queen of the B's" for a long succession of low-budget programmers such as the musical Too Many Girls (1940), which was important mostly for introducing her to future husband and TV partner Desi Arnaz. After clicking in a rare dramatic role opposite Henry Fonda in The Big Street (1942), Ball began an association with MGM, where she was dubbed "Technicolor Tessie" because her sensational coloring-bright red hair, blue eyes and creamy skin-photographed to vivid effect in such films as DuBarry Was a Lady (1943) and Ziegfeld Follies (1946).

A perfectionist who honed her timing by studying the great silent comics, Ball pioneered the art of the TV sitcom and returned to films with glory in MGM's hilarious The Long, Long Trailer (1954), co-starring Arnaz. She delivered mature performances in the romantic comedies The Facts of Life (1960) opposite Bob Hope and Yours, Mine and Ours (1968) with Henry Fonda. After her death, frequent co-star Hope paid this tribute: "One of the greatest gifts to mankind is laughter, and one of the greatest gifts to laughter is Lucille Ball. God has her now but thanks to television, we'll have her forever."

Of Special Interest to Lucy fans: The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center celebrates Jamestown, New York's favorite daughter and adopted son with the Lucy-Desi Museum, Desilu Playhouse (the "I Love Lucy" museum), Lucy-Desi Gift Shop, and two annual festivals: Lucy-Desi Days Memorial Day Weekend Festival in May and Lucy's Birthday Celebration in early August. To get more information from the Official web site CLICK HERE.

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