|Lucille Ball Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 7½ in|
|Date of Birth||August 6, 1911|
|Date of Death||April 26, 1989|
Lucille Ball was an American actor, voice actor, comedian, singer, model, studio executive, and producer whose achievements include getting nominated for 13 Primetime Emmy Awards (winning 5 times) and being the recipient of several accolades like the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award and 2 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Lucille Désirée Ball
Technicolor Tessie, Queen of the B movies, The First Lady of Television, Lucy, The Queen of Comedy, Diane Belmont
She was born on August 6, 1911.
On April 26, 1989, she died at the age of 77 due to a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm in Los Angeles, California, United States.
Lake View Cemetery, Jamestown, New York, United States
Jamestown, New York, United States
She resided in Beverly Hills, California, United States.
Lucille Ball attended John Murray Anderson School for the Dramatic Arts in New York City. During her time there, her instructors directly stated to her that she would not be successful in the entertainment business and Lucille later stated that “All I learned in drama school was how to be frightened.”
She also took piano lessons at Chautauqua Institution.
Actor, Voice Actor, Comedian, Singer, Model, Studio Executive, Producer
- Father – Henry Durrell “Had” Ball (1887-1915) (Lineman for Bell Telephone)
- Mother – Désirée Evelyn “DeDe” Ball (née Hunt)
- Siblings – Frederick Henry Ball (Younger Brother) (Movie Studio Executive, Talent Manager)
- Others – Jasper Clinton Ball (Paternal Grandfather), Nellie Rebecca Durrell (Paternal Grandmother), Frederick Charles “Fred” Hunt (Maternal Grandfather), Flora Belle Orcutt (Maternal Grandmother), Zo Ball (Sister-In-Law), Edward Peterson (Stepfather)
According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, her net worth was $60 Million at the time of her death.
5 ft 7½ in or 171.5 cm
58 kg or 128 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Lucille Ball had dated –
- Peter Lawford – RUMOR
- John Emery – RUMOR
- Franchot Tone – RUMOR
- Paul Douglas – RUMOR
- William Holden – RUMOR
- Pat DiCicco – RUMOR
- Orson Welles – RUMOR
- George Raft – RUMOR
- Eddie Fisher – RUMOR
- Cesar Romero – RUMOR
- Lee Bowman – RUMOR
- Bernard Newman
- Robert Mitchum – RUMOR
- Broderick Crawford
- Mack Gray
- Brian Donlevy – RUMOR
- Pandro S. Berman – RUMOR
- William Cagney – RUMOR
- Oscar Levant – RUMOR
- George Sanders – RUMOR
- Alexander Hall
- Milton Berle – RUMOR
- Johnny DeVita – In 1925, she started dating Johnny DeVita, a 21-year-old local hoodlum, when she was just 14 years old.
- Gene Markey (1938) – She had an affair with director Gene Markey in 1938.
- Ralph Forbes (1938) – RUMOR
- Desi Arnaz (1940-1960) – She fell in love with Cuban-born bandleader and actor Desi Arnaz in 1940, after they met while filming the Rodgers and Hart stage hit Too Many Girls. They eloped the same year and were blessed with 2 children – a daughter named Lucie Désirée Arnaz (b. July 17, 1951) and a son named Desiderio Alberto Arnaz IV (professionally known as Desi Arnaz Jr.) (b. January 19, 1953). Lucille later claimed that their married life was “a nightmare” and nothing at all as it appeared on I Love Lucy. The couple divorced in 1960 but remained friends until Desi’s death in 1986.
- Gary Morton (1961-1989) – She married Gary Morton, a Borscht Belt comic who was 13 years her junior, in 1961 and they remained together until her death in 1989.
Race / Ethnicity
Lucille Ball was of English, Scottish, Welsh, and Scots-Irish/Northern Irish descent.
- Her trademark ‘spider face’ when something went wrong for her, accompanied by a “eugh” sound
- The talent of physical comedy
She had done endorsement work for –
- Woodbury Facial Powder (1940s) (Magazine Advertisements)
- Philip Morris Cigarettes (TV Commercial) (1950s) (w/Desi Arnaz)
Her family belonged to the Baptist church.
Lucille Ball Facts
- She was only 3 years old when her father died of typhoid fever at age 27.
- She was friends with Barbara Pepper, Gale Gordon, Ginger Rogers, Ann Sothern, Judy Garland, Paula Stewart, and Carol Burnett.
- After her death, Lucille Ball’s body was cremated and the ashes were initially interred in Forest Lawn – Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles. Her remains were moved to the Hunt family plot at Lake View Cemetery in Jamestown, New York in 2002.
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