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TELEVISION

Lucille Ball will always be known as the pioneer woman of television. Most popular, obviously, as 'Lucy Ricardo', alongside 'Ricky Ricardo' [Desi], and her beloved friends, the Mertz's [Vance and Frawley] in the classic, most popular television series of all time, "I Love Lucy". Lucille Ball has been remembered as the wacky and scatter-brained 'Lucy Ricardo' in this series for years and years. Besides "I Love Lucy" and the "Lucy-Desi Comedy Hours", she also starred in "The Lucy Show", "Here's Lucy", "Life with Lucy" and made several guest appearances on television and game shows.


FILMS

Please regard the Films of Lucille Ball section.

Before the rapid success of "I Love Lucy", Lucille had either made a guest appearance in, had a bit part or starred in almost 80 motion pictures under contract to several studios, especially RKO, which Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz would later buy and transform into Desilu Studios. Since her debut as a Goldwyn girl in Roman Scandals [1933], Lucille's ambition and determination could never be doubted.


BROADWAY

"Wildcat"  Lucille remembers how surprising it was for her to actually be on the broadway stage. In her own opinion, she couldn't sing or dance - she just made everything up as she went. After extensive training, Lucille's performance was somewhat exciting, however, it added pressure and work, and Lucille soon suffered from exhaustion.


RADIO

Lucille starred, co-starred and made guest appearances on many radio shows, especially before the success of "I Love Lucy". The most popular of these radio shows was "My Favorite Husband", which has about three seasons on CBS radio network (1948-1950). The radio show encouraged Lucille to work with her own husband at the time, Desi Arnaz, in their new TV show, "I Love Lucy". (The Tropicana also has information and sounds from another set of Lucille's radio appearances, on radio show "Suspense" - click for more).


EXECUTIVE POSITIONS

Lucille was Vice-President of Desilu [studios], she was also the executive in charge of production for "The Lucy Show" (1962). Above all, she was practically the major star in almost everything she did.


A W A R D S

AWARDS Nominated For

1975: GOLDEN GLOBE "Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy" Mame

1972: GOLDEN GLOBE "Best TV Actress - Musical/Comedy" Here's Lucy

1970: GOLDEN GLOBE "Best TV Actress - Musical/Comedy" Here's Lucy[1968]

1969: GOLDEN GLOBE "Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy" Yours, Mine and Ours [1968]

1968: GOLDEN GLOBE "Best TV Star - Female" The Lucy Show [1962]

1966: EMMY AWARD "Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series" The Lucy Show

1963: EMMY AWARD "Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Series" The Lucy Show

1958: EMMY AWARD "Best Continuing Performance (Female) in a Series" I Love Lucy

1957: EMMY AWARD "Best Continuing Performance by a Comedienne in a Series" I Love Lucy

1955: EMMY AWARD "Best Comedienne"

1955: EMMY AWARD "Best Actress Starring in a Regular Series" I Love Lucy

1954: EMMY AWARD "Best Female Star of Regular Series" I Love Lucy

1953: EMMY AWARD "Most Outstanding Personality"


AWARDS WON

1989: EMMY AWARD "Governer's Award"

1988: HASTY PUDDING THEATRICALS USA "Woman of the Year"

1979: CECIL B. DeMILLE AWARD

1977: WOMEN IN FILM CRYSTAL AWARDS "Crystal Award"

1968: EMMY AWARD "Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series" The Lucy Show

1967: EMMY AWARD "Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series" The Lucy Show

1956: EMMY AWARD "Best Actress - Continuing Performance" I Love Lucy

1952: EMMY AWARD "Best Comedian/Comedienne"

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AUTOBIOGRAPHY


"Love, Lucy" was published in 1996 when an old manuscript was found in Lucille Ball's office (which Lucy herself had written in hopes of future publication).

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