Bold and Full: Lucille Ball

Today, the BOLD AND FULL spotlight is on Lucille Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989), an American actress, comedienne, model, and producer.

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Lucille Ball was born on August 6, 1911, in Jamestown, New York. After getting into modeling at a young age, it was obvious that Lucy was born to be a star. She OWNED who she was and was quickly loved for her beauty, brains and spot on comedic timing.

Lucille married Cuban Bandleader Desi Arnaz by eloping on November 30, 1940, and as the stars of her tremendous hit show I Love Lucy, the two became television's first interracial couple. Lucille managed to CREATE a place for herself in Hollywood and was often pushing the boundaries. In fact, in an industry that values youth, Lucy's big break on I Love Lucy didn't come until she was 40! Lucille not only starred with her husband on her own show, she was the first pregnant actress to play a pregnant woman on television, and in 1962 became the first woman to run her own major Holllywood studio, Desilu Productions.

Lucille has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and received numerous awards, both during her life and after, including four Emmys, Women in Film Crystal Award, Cecil B. DeMille Award, Presidential Medal of Freedom, and was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. HUSTLE and determination were leading forces in Lucille's life, leading her to tremendous success.

“Lucky? I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work—and realizing what is opportunity and what isn’t.”

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