Courtesy of Biography

300: Lucille Ball

Actress Primarily Known For Her Sitcom I Love Lucy

Born: 6 August 1911, Jamestown, New York, United States of America

Died: 26 April 1989, Beverly Hills, California, United States of America

Lucille had a particularly difficult childhood—her father died when she was three and her stepfather did not like children—she and her brother were separated from one another and their mother and she was sent to live with her step-grandmother who was very stern, leaving Lucille particularly unhappy as a child.

Lucille started out her professional career as a model for clothes and Chesterfield Cigarettes.

She and her first husband Desi Arnaz started Desilu Productions together and after their divorce Lucy bought Desi out—making her the first woman to run a major television production studio.

Badges Earned:

Find a Grave Marked

Located In My Personal Library:

The Hollywood Book of Death by James Robert Parish

Time Magazine's 100 Women of the Year (Lucille appears in the 1951 article, "Lucille Ball")

Where Are They Buried? How Did They Die? by Tod Benoit

Whose Who in American History: Leaders, Visionaries, and Icons who Shaped Our Nation by John M Thompson, William R Gray, and KM Kostyal