American comedian, actress, and television executive Lucille Ball died of an aneurysm at the age of 77 on April 26, 1989.
Lucille Desiree Ball was born on August 6, 1911 in Jamestown, New York. She attended the JohnMurrayAndersonSchool for the Dramatic Arts in New York City, which had also produced starlet Bette Davis.
During the 1930s and 1940s, Lucy was known as the “Queen of B’s” for the amount of starring roles she held in B-movies, but she never really achieved great stardom until she made the transition to television. Lucille Ball met Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz in 1940 while filming Too Many Girls, and the two eloped the same year.
I Love Lucy premiered in 1951 and proved to be a great success, starring Lucille Ball as Lucy and Desi Arnaz as Lucy’s husband Ricky. It was the most watched television show of its time and is frequently listed on television All-Time lists year after year.
After I Love Lucy, Lucille Ball went on to produce and star in The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here’s Lucy, and Life with Lucy. She became the first woman to run a television studio and had one of Hollywood’s most lengthy careers, especially on the small screen.