Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 63-66. New York: Charles Scribner`s Sons, 1999
In Italy, her films were often dubbed by Lidia Simoneschi or Wanda Tettoni, notably in the hilarious The Long, Long Trailer (1954). She was occasionally dubbed by Rosetta Calavetta, Dhia Cristiani, Rina Morelli and Renata Marini (in Stage Door (1937))
Biography in: "Who`s Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. pg. 35-37. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387.
Her and Barbara Pepper met early in their careers when they were both "Goldwyn Girls" and remained lifelong friends.
Second cousin of actress Suzan Ball. (imdb.com)
Lucy and Desi Arnaz were married a second time in 1946 in a church because his mother believed that the reason they didn't have children yet was because they were never married in the Catholic Church. (imdb.com)
Inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 2002. (imdb.com)
She was fired from working at an ice cream store because she kept forgetting to put bananas in banana splits. (imdb.com)
Was known for a while as Dianne Belmont back when she was a model. (imdb.com)
In 1958, in order to raise funds for their various investments, she and Desi Arnaz took Desilu public on the NYSE at $10 per share. She at Desi each retained 25% of the company, while each selling 25%. She took her $2,500,000 windfall, paid $600,000 in capital gains taxes and, always frugal, invested the remainder into bonds and securities.
Her 1960 divorce from Desi Arnaz was quite amicable. They divided their $20 million television empire equally, each retaining 25% Desilu stock (282,800 shares),she got the homes in Beverly Hills and Rancho Mirage, and Desi got the beach house in Del Mar, California and his Horse Ranch in Corona, California. In addition they agreed to joint custody of their children with him paying $450/month child support.
When her subsequent series "The Lucy Show" (1962) and "Here`s Lucy" (1968) became popular, Jess Oppenheimer, a co-creator of "I Love Lucy" (1951) alleged that her character Lucy Carmichael/Carter was in fact Lucy Ricardo re-named and threatened to sue. Rather than go to court, she settled for $220,000.
Profiled in "Killer Tomatoes: Fifteen Tough Film Dames" bu Ray Hagen and Laura Wagner (McFarland, 2004).
In July 1967 she sold Desilu Productions, consisting of 36 sound stages, 2000 employees and 62 acres adjacent to Paramount, to Gulf + Western Industries for $17 million. She received $10 million in Gulf + Western stock for her 60% of Desilu, the remaining $7 million being distributed to 3878 stockholders.
In 1962 she purchased Desi Arnaz`s holdings in Desilu holdings for $3 million, as he wanted to retire to his horse ranch in Corona, CA, and lead a more stress-free life.
In 1968 she was reported to be the richest woman in television, having earned an estimated $30 million.
In 1966 it was reported in an annual stockholder`s meeting that her salary as President of Desilu Productions (1962-1967) was $100,000. Her acting fees for 1966 were $130,172.
Was in frail health following a heart attack in May 1988.
In Italy, her films were often dubbed by Lidia Simoneschi or Wanda Tettoni, notably in the hilarious The Long, Long Trailer (1953). She was occasionally dubbed by Rosetta Calavetta, Dhia Cristiani, Rina Morelli and Renata Marini (in Stage Door (1937)).
Her younger brother, ;Fred Ball (II)` (1915-2007), moved from their hometown of Jamestown, NY, to join Lucy in Hollywood in the 1930s. Fred often accompanied Desi Arnaz`s band on tour during the 1940s and 1950s, and was also on the Board of Directors of Desilu Productions. In later years Fred and his wife Zo operated a motel in Cottonwood, AZ, where he died. Fred also shared the same birthday as his niece Lucie Arnaz.
Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 63-66. New York: Charles Scribner`s Sons, 1999.
Is portrayed by Frances Fisher in Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter (1991) (TV).
Her biological father died when she was three years old.
When they were first married in 1940, Desi Arnaz had to give Lucy a ring from a drugstore because all jewelry stores were closed. She wore it for the rest of their marriage.
Was tutored in comedy by Buster Keaton.
Was once known as the "Chesterfield Girl" because she was the spokesmodel for Chesterfield cigarettes.
The original Desilu was her and Desi Arnaz`s ranch in Chatsworth, CA. They used the same method of naming it that Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford`s did when they named their estate "Pickfair".
The day she first met Desi Arnaz, she had a black eye and a torn dress from filming a fight scene for Dance, Girl, Dance (1940) and he didn`t find her at all attractive until they met again later in the day when she had changed into her own clothes and makeup.
She named herself Diane Belmont after the Belmont racetrack in New York.
Not long after the Arnazes bought their house on Roxbury Drive in Beverly Hills, it was featured in an episode of "I Love Lucy" (1951) (the one where Richard Widmark guest stars and she climbs over the fence to pick a gr*pefruit).
Lucy filed for divorce from Desi Arnaz in the 1940s, but didn`t go through with it because they reconciled.
Lucy and Desi Arnaz were married at the Byram River Beagle Club in Connecticut in 1940.
Lucy and Desi Arnaz were married a second time in 1946 in a church because his mother believed that the reason they didn`t have children yet was because they were never married in the Catholic Church.
She was proud of her family and heritage. Her genealogy can be traced back to the earliest settlers in the colonies. One direct ancestor, William Sprague (1609-1675), left England on the ship "Lyon`s Whelp" for Plymouth/Salem, Massachusetts. They were from Upwey, Dorsetshire, England. William, along with his 2 brothers, helped to found the city of Charlestown, Massachusetts. Other Sprague relatives became soldiers in the Revolutionary War and 2 of them became governors of the state of Rhode Island.
Comedian John Belushi was a fan of her and knew every detail of her life and career.
Is portrayed by Gypsi DeYoung in The Scarlett O`Hara War (1980) (TV) and by Rachel York in Lucy (2003) (TV).
Suffered third miscarriage in 1950 with husband Desi Arnaz.
Suffered a second miscarriage with her and Desi Arnaz`s second child in 1949.
Suffered a miscarriage with her and Desi Arnaz`s first child in 1942.
Was of Irish, Scottish, French, and English descent.
Related by marriage to Vanda Barra.
Related by marriage to Sid Gould.
First cousin of Cleo Morgan, though they were raised as sisters.
Had a superstition about the letters A and R, which is why her character was named Lucy RicARdo in "I Love Lucy" (1951); Lucy CARmichael in "The Lucy Show" (1962); Lucy CARter in "Here`s Lucy" (1968) and Lucy BARker in "Life with Lucy" (1986) (she was also married to `Desi ARnaz`). She believed she didn`t have luck in her career until she changed her name to Arnaz.
Disliked any false form of a bird, she preferred to see them in person so she banned all pictures of birds from her house and any hotel room she was staying in.
Was Frank Sinatra`s first choice for the role of Laurence Harvey`s mother in The Manchurian Candidate (1962). He was only dissuaded when John Frankenheimer took him to see Angela Lansbury in a play.
While still contemplating whether to do the "I Love Lucy" (1951) shows, she claimed that in her dream, Carole Lombard came to her and told her to "Give it a whirl".
Felt that she did not deserve the title of "Queen of Comedy" and felt that it belonged to her idol, Carole Lombard.
Biography in: "Who`s Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. pg. 35-37. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
Measurements: 33-22 1/2 -34 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).
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