The Queen of Comedy

I’m happy that I have brought laughter because I have been shown by many the value of it in so many lives, in so many ways.

Lucille Ball

Ah, Lucy. Who doesn’t love the crazy, accident-prone, fiery redhead, Mrs. Lucille Ball?

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She was born in New York, and was raised mainly by her grandparents after her father passed away.

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Lucy started drama school in NYC, becoming classmates with Bette Davis! Not being able to stand out, Lucy was deemed as being too shy and was sent packing.

Lucy did gain several B-role positions and while filming Too Many Girls, she met and ended up falling madly in love with a young Cuban actor-musician named Desi Arnaz. Even though they came from completely different backgrounds, and Lucy was 6 years older, Desi fell hard for her too. So, like most young couples hopelessly in love, they got hitched.

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Lucy carried out a few more movie roles, but in 1950, CBS wanted to have her all to themselves. After convincing the network to have Desi play her husband in the TV show and having them sign over the rights to creative control of the show, Lucy and Desi went to work on their sitcom you might have heard of called: ” I Love Lucy”.

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With “I Love Lucy”, she and Desi started the way for the 3-camera technique, which is now the standard in filming sitcoms (don’t listen to Amos ‘n’ Andy..) and she was also the first woman to own her own studio as the head of Desilu Productions.

On April 26th, 1989 Mrs. Lucille Ball passed away at the age of 77 to an acute aorta aneurysm in Beverly Hills, California.

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This was taken outside Lucy’s home in Beverly Hills, CA at 1000 Roxbury Drive. The current owners have changed the look of it a bit, so it doesn’t look at classic, but more like some bad 1980’s contemporary dwelling. I am not a fan.

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