Short Biography: Lucille Ball

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Lucille Ball

Lucille Ball was a comedian, film executive, and actress from the United States, best-known for her roles in I Love Lucy with her real-life husband, Desi Arnaz. The birth of her son, Desi Arnaz, Jr., was emulated in their TV show with the birth of Ricky Ricardo, Jr., the same day the episode aired. She was nominated for thirteen Emmy Awards and won four.


Lucille Désirée Ball was born on August 6, 1911, in Jamestown, New York, to parents Henry Durrell Ball and Désirée (DeDe) Evelyn Hunt. Her father worked as a Bell Telephone Company lineman and moved the family frequently, including from New York to Anaconda, Montana, to Trenton, New Jersey. In February 1915, Henry Ball died from typhoid fever while DeDe was
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Physicians diagnosed her with dissecting aortic aneurysm and she went under surgery immediately. The surgery lasted almost eight hours and Ball received a new aorta from a male motorcycle victim, age 27. The replacement seemed a success with Ball able to move again quickly. On April 26, 1989, Lucille Ball work up with tremendous back pain and blacked out. Physicians attempted to revive her, but it did not work, and Ball died that same morning. She suffered an abdominal aortic rupture, and it did not relate to the previous week’s surgery.Barnes, B. (1989, April 27). Lucille Ball, Pioneer of Television Comedy, Dies at 77. The Washington Post, After her death, Lucille Ball was cremated and her ashes placed in the Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills Cemetery located in Los Angeles, California. The children of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz moved their mother’s remains to the Lake View Cemetery family plot in Jamestown, New York, for Ball to rest with her brother, parents, and grandparents.Find A Grave. (2001, January 1). Lucille Ball (1911 - 1989). Find A Grave Memorial,

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