Lucille Ball - Wikipedia
Lucie Arnaz will appear at a reception on the anniversary of the airing of the first episode of “I Love Lucy.”. seemed to be every magazine, there were Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. they get married, and they eloped just six months after meeting. Lucille Ball, 28, and Desi Arnaz, 23, met while filming the RKO "She used to say, 'We just can't keep meeting in the Sepulveda tunnel.
Painful End Time magazine reported the share out as follows: Increasing Dependency Although he never drank on the set, he had become increasingly dependent on booze, spiking his tomato soup with liquor and going to meetings with a soda can laced with vodka. According to gossips he dallied with prostitutes and gambled away hundreds of thousands of dollars on the track and in the casinos. When I go out with women, they're usually hookers.
The trip was a disaster. The voyage was to be the last taken by the venerable old cruiser. Back in the United States, Lucille quietly started making plans to part with Desi for good.
In the fall of that year, Desi was arrested for weaving down the road in his car in a well-known red light district of Los Angeles. It was the final straw. After yet another blow up argument at the Desilu offices in NovemberDesi stalked off for a cigarette in his dressing room. She grabbed an ornamental dueling pistol that lay on his desk, aimed it at his face, and pulled the trigger.
But this time was different; behind her gesture were years of resentment and hostility, and behind that was a lethal intent. After an aching silence he conceded.
Lucy could be the one to sue for divorce; he would not stand in the way of a fair financial settlement.
When he builds something, the bigger he builds it, the more he wants to break it down. Ball and her brother, Fred Henry Ball —were raised by their mother and maternal grandparents in Celoron, New Yorka summer resort village on Lake Chautauqua2. Its boardwalk had a ramp to the lake that served as a children's slide, the Pier Ballroom, a roller-coaster, a bandstand, and a stage where vaudeville concerts and regular theatrical shows were presented which made Celoron Park a popular resort.
While her mother and stepfather looked for work in another city, Peterson's parents cared for her and her brother. Ball's stepgrandparents were a puritanical Swedish couple who banished all mirrors from the house except one over the bathroom sink. When the young Ball was caught admiring herself in it, she was severely chastised for being vain. This period of time affected Ball so deeply that, in later life, she claimed that it lasted seven or eight years.
When his organization needed female entertainers for the chorus line of their next show, he encouraged his year-old stepdaughter to audition. Her appetite for recognition was awakened at an early age.
Their house and furnishings were lost to settle a financial legal judgment after a neighborhood boy was accidentally shot and paralyzed by someone target shooting in their yard under the supervision of Ball's grandfather. The family subsequently moved into a small apartment in Jamestown. DeDe was unhappy with the relationship, but unable to influence her daughter to end it.
She expected the romance to burn out after a few weeks, but that did not happen. After about a year, DeDe tried to separate them by exploiting Lucille's desire to be in show business. Ball later said about that time in her life, "All I learned in drama school was how to be frightened.
In the face of this harsh criticism, Ball was determined to prove her teachers wrong and returned to New York City in That same year, she began working for Hattie Carnegie as an in-house model. Carnegie ordered Ball to dye her then-brown hair blonde, and Ball complied.
Using the name Diane sometimes spelled Dianne Belmont, she started getting chorus work on Broadway,  but it was not lasting.
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She also appeared as one of the featured models in the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers film Robertaas the flower girl in Top Hatand in a brief supporting role at the beginning of Follow the Fleet another Astaire-Rogers film.
Ball and Ginger Rogers, who were distant maternal cousins, played aspiring actresses in the film Stage Door The play premiered in Princeton, New Jerseyon January 21,with Ball playing the part of Julie Tucker, "one of three roommates coping with neurotic directors, confused executives, and grasping stars, who interfere with the girls' ability to get ahead".
Cormack wanted to replace him, but the producer, Anne Nicholssaid the fault lay with the character and insisted that the part needed to be reshaped and rewritten. The two were unable to agree on a solution. The play was scheduled to open on Broadway at the Vanderbilt Theatrebut closed after one week in Washington, DCwhen Tearle suddenly became gravely ill.
Ball signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in the s, but never achieved major stardom there. Like many budding actresses, Ball picked up radio work to supplement her income and gain exposure. Inshe appeared regularly on The Phil Baker Show.
There began her year professional relationship with the show's announcer, Gale Gordon. The Wonder Show lasted one season, with the final episode airing on April 7, InBall starred in Lover Come Back.
Inshe appeared in the murder mystery Lured as Sandra Carpenter, a taxi dancer in London. She agreed, but insisted on working with her real-life husband, Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz.
CBS executives were reluctant, thinking the public would not accept an All-American redhead and a Cuban as a couple. CBS was initially unimpressed with the pilot episode, produced by the couple's Desilu Productions company.
The pair went on the road with a vaudeville act, in which Lucy played the zany housewife, wanting to get into Arnaz's show. Their relationship had become badly strained, in part because of their hectic performing schedules, which often kept them apart, but mostly due to Desi's attraction to other women. She was the first woman to head a TV production company: Desilu, which she had formed with Arnaz.
After their divorce, she bought out his share and became a very actively engaged studio head. She was quoted as saying, "You cannot teach someone comedy; either they have it or they don't.
Since prime time in L. The couple offered to take a pay cut to finance filming, on the condition that Desilu would retain the rights of each episode once it aired. CBS agreed to relinquish the post-first-broadcast rights to Desilu, not realizing they were giving up a valuable and enduring asset.
An attempt was also made, with the same cast and writers, to adapt the show for radio. The pilot adapted the famous "Breaking the Lease" episode, in which the Ricardos and Mertzes argue, and the Ricardos threaten to move, but find themselves stuck in a firm lease. The resulting radio audition disc has survived, but never aired.
After I Love Lucy ended its run inthe main cast continued to appear in occasional hour-long specials under the title The Lucy—Desi Comedy Hour until She also made a few more movies including Yours, Mine, and Oursand the musical Mameand two more successful long-running sitcoms for CBS: She appeared on the Dick Cavett show in and spoke of her history and life with Arnaz.