Lucille Ball was an American model, actress, comedienne, and a producer. She passed away on 26 April 1989 and had a net worth of $40 million. The multi-talented woman is remembered as lovable, but a crazy lady in the industry as she was mainly known for producing self-involving situation comedy, or sitcom genre. Some of her sitcoms are I love Lucy, The Lucy Show, Life with Lucy and The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour.
Biography & Wiki
Lucille Désirée Ball Morton was born on August 6, 1911, in Jamestown, New York. She lived with her father, Henry Durrell Ball and mother Desiree Evelyn in Michigan for some time. Her father was a lineman for a telephone company due to which they had to move places. In 1915, her father died of typhoid (at the age 0f 27), while her mother was expecting a second child- Lucy’s brother, Fred Henry Ball. Her family moved to Celoron, New York to stay with her grandparents.
After four years of her father’s death, her mother married Edward Peterson who a part of The Shriners, an international organization for fun, brotherly love, fellowship and more. She auditioned for the female entertainer for their next show at the age of 12 and after her performance she gained appreciation and recognition for her presence.
Lucy got married to Desi Arnaz, a bandleader while filming Too Many Girls. The two clicked immediately and got together. But, divorce was filed by her in 1944, but the couple reconciled.
Lucy was blessed with a daughter Lucie Desiree Arnaz in July 1951 and her second child Desiderio Alberto Arnaz IV was born 18 months later. The couple got divorced in May 1960.A year later she married her long-term friend, comedian Gary Morton until her death in 1989.
Lucy’s career took off when she was offered to model and very soon she started stage performances on Broadway with stage names as Dianne Belmont and Diane Belmont. In the 1930s and 1940s, she appeared in the role of a chorus girl in various minor films. She worked with RKO Radio Pictures as a contract player. It was during this time that she met her future husband Desi Arnaz.
In the 1950s, Lucy started her television career and her 1951 sitcom series, I Love Lucy had become a hit and one of the much-loved shows in the history of television. During the same time, Lucy and Desi appeared together in two films- The Long, Long Trailer in 1954 and Forever, Darling in 1956 and a special, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour.
Lucy and Desi had formed a television production company: Desilu and she had become the first lady to the head of the production company. After their divorce, Lucy purchased Desi’s share in Desilu Productions and officially became the head in 1962. It was under her production that famous TV series like Mission: Impossible and Star Trek was produced. In 1967 the studio was sold and amalgamated with Paramount Pictures. While running her production, Lucy did continue her acting career until her demise.
Awards & Achievements
Lucy had won four Primetime Emmy Awards. She became the first woman in the film to receive the Crystal Award in 1977. In 1979 she received the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award, Television Hall of Fame Award in 1984. In 1960, she won two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to motion pictures and for television.
Net Worth of Lucile Ball
Lucille Ball had benefitted and enjoyed her career probably like no other in the industry. The executive’s estimated net worth was $40 million. The Desilu Production was sold in 1967 for nearly today’s worth of $122 million which made her fortunes.
Lucy feared birds as a result of once a bird was trapped inside her house when she was small.
She is known for her long career in Hollywood and fancied all the attention and fame that she received. At the age of 77, she was very much active in her career, while she complained chest pain at her home in Beverly Hills. She succumbed to aortic dissection and her remains in 2002 were moved and buried next to her parents’ and grandparents’.