Lucille Ball began acting in films when she came to Hollywood as a Goldwyn Girl. Another girl's parents would not let their daughter go, so an extra spot to fill became Lucy's spot.
When she came to Hollywood, she bought a small home for her family to live in and began working for fair wages, sometime even being offered more than usual for her status.
Lucille started working at RKO studios, making radio pictures. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz would later buy RKO and transform it into what was known as Desilu Studios, and presently Desilu, too.
Although her discouraging experiences from former acting schools existed, she was never discouraged by these false facts. Her ambition was great and her first roles were a landmark for the most popular actress of all time.
The first small selection of Lucille Ball films only consisted of bit and small parts on her part. Some of them had her as a Goldwyn Girl, and others were fairly introducing her talents.
Some of her roles were even uncredited. For instance, a film like "Nana" would feature her in such a small role. Her work, however, increased over the years and she continued to work for several studios.
Larger roles came within the first few years of her engagement with movie acting, however, most of the films she starred in had 'B' recognition.
A film, "Too Many Girls" had united Lucille and husband Desi Arnaz, after he had starred in the Broadway version.
Lucille had met Desi Arnaz during the completion of "Dance Girl, Dance". Desi remembers her entering the casting room in a won out costume with a mixed up face and thinking how terrible she looked. When Lucy finally changed into better clothes and fixed herself up, Desi didn't even recognize her. This became a long time relationship and successful careers for the both of them.
Lucille continued to make films until she died in 1989, but she will probably be most recognized and popular for her television work.