Lucille Ball's Career

Lucille Desiree Ball's long and successful career consisted of five radio and television shows, 80 movies, and spanned a period of 50 years.

Lucy grew up in a very poor family in Jamestown, N.Y., and had aspirations to become an actress from the time she was very young. When she was 15, she enrolled in a drama school in New York.

However, she was sent back home after being told by the school that she didn't have enough talent.

But she inevitably proved them wrong when she set out for Hollywood, and went on to become one of the most famous and successful actresses and comediennes of all time.

Lucy starred in movies at the beginning of her career. One of them, "Too Many Girls," would lead to the eventual marriage between Lucy and co-star, Desi Arnaz.

Then, in 1951, both Lucy and her husband went on to star on television. Their show, "I Love Lucy," recieved five Emmys and was rated the number one show of the 1950s.

Lucy also went on to star in spinoffs of "I Love Lucy," such as "The Lucy Show," "The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour" and "Here's Lucy."

At the 1989 Academy Awards, she was given a lifetime achievement award. She died shortly threafter from heart failure at the age of 77.

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