Lucille Ball (born 6.8.1911 - died 26.4.1989)
Lucille Ball was an American actress, comedian and film executive, known for her fifty-seven year long film career.
Lucille Ball: Net Worth
When Lucille Ball died in 1989, Celebrity Net Worth claims she had a net worth of 40 million USD.
Lucille Ball: Childhood
Lucille Ball was born in Jamestown, New York to Henry Durrel Ball and Desiree Evelyn Hunt. Three years after she was born while her mother was pregnant with Lucille's brother, her father died from typhoid fever. Four years later, her mother married Edward Peterson. He encouraged Ball to perform as a chorus girl in a show he was putting on when she was twelve, and she promptly decided to begin a career in show business.
Lucille Ball: Career
In 1936, after years of minor appearances in various films, Lucille Ball got a part in the play Hey Diddle Diddle, although it was cancelled before it made it to Broadway. Ball returned to Hollywood and continued to work in B-Movies, never reaching great stardom until 1948.
In that year, Ball stared in the radio show My Favourite Husband. When the show became a success, it was turned into a television series, however it never made it past the pilot. Ball, instead, joined the vaudeville production of the show, which went on to surpass the radio original.
In 1951, Ball became part of the six-year sitcom I Love Lucy, which earned itself five Emmy Awards and was voted the Best TV Show of All Time in 2012. After it finished in 1957, the shows makers went ahead and commissioned a further thirteen one-hour specials.
Lucille Ball: Personal Life
In 1940, Lucille Ball married Desi Arnaz - a bandleader from Cuba - but she filed for a divorce in 1944. However, the couple soon got back together and in 1951, Ball gave birth to their first child. A year later, their second child was written into the story of the show I Love Lucy, as Ball was pregnant throughout filming and had a caesarean section scheduled for the date of the live episode when her character gave birth.
In 1989, Ball suffered from chest pains and underwent surgery for eight hour to receive heart surgery. After making a full recovery, Ball died eight days later from a similar heart problem, unrelated to the surgery.