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Lucille Ball

Lucille BallBorn: August 6, 1911, Jamestown, New York
Died: April 26, 1989 (age 77), Los Angeles, California

Lucille Desiree Ball was an American comedienne, film, television, stage and radio actress, model, film executive, and star of the landmark sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show and Here's Lucy.

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1) In 1929, Ball landed work as a model and later began her performing career on Broadway.
What was her stage name?

  1. Diane Belmont

  2. Ginny Backus

  3. Connie Francis

2) Lucille attended John Murray Anderson School for the Dramatic Arts in New York City.  She attended with fellow actress, Bette Davis.  Ball went home a few weeks later when drama coaches told her that she "had no future at all as a performer".  Ball was determined to prove her teachers wrong and returned to New York City in 1929.  She landed work as a fashion model.  Her career was thriving, when she became ill and could not work for two years.
What was her illness?

  1. Rheumatoid arthritis

  2. Mumps

  3. Measles

3) After an uncredited stint as one of the Goldwyn Girls in Roman Scandals (1933) she permanently moved to Hollywood to appear in films.  She appeared in many small movie roles in the 1930s as a contract player for RKO Radio Pictures, including movies with the Marx Brothers and the Three Stooges.

  • True or False?

4) She was known in many Hollywood circles as "Queen of the B's" starring in a number of B-movies, such as 1939's Five Came Back.
Who previously held the title?

  1. Fay Wray

  2. Ann Wayman

  3. Ginger Peach

5) Like many budding starlets, Lucille picked up radio work to earn side income as well as gain exposure.  In 1937 she appeared as a regular on the Phil Baker show.  When that completed its run in 1938, Ball joined the cast of the Wonder Show starring future Wizard of Oz tin man Jack Haley.
What long time associate did she meet on the show?

  1. William Frawley

  2. Vivian Vance

  3. Gail Gordon

6) In 1940, Ball met Cuban-born bandleader Desi Arnaz while filming the film version of the Rodgers and Hart stage hit Too Many Girls.  Ball and Arnaz connected immediately and eloped the same year, garnering much press attention.  Arnaz and Ball frequently argued, especially over his indiscretions with other women, but they always made up in the end.

  • True or False?

7) In 1942, Lucy appeared in The Big Street, an uneven film but a strong personal performance. In this film she plays a tough nightclub singer whose legs become paralyzed.  Who plays a busboy (Agustus Pinkerton II) that cares for her?

  1. Henry Fonda

  2. William Holden

  3. John Wayne

8) In 1948, Ball was cast as Liz Cugat (later "Cooper"), a wacky wife, in My Favorite Husband, a radio program for CBS Radio.

  • True or False?

9) On July 17, 1951, just one month before her fortieth birthday and after several miscarriages, Ball gave birth to her first child.
Who was the first child?

  1. Lucie Desiree Arnaz

  2. Desiderio Alberto Arnaz IV

  3. Ricardo Desilu Arnaz

10) On May 4, 1960, just two months after filming the final episode of The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, the couple divorced.
Who did Lucy marry in 1961?

  1. Gale Gordon

  2. Gary Morton

  3. Paul Stewart

11) Shortly after dawn, she awoke with severe back pains.  Her aorta had ruptured in a second location and Ball quickly lost consciousness.  All attempts to revive her proved unsuccessful and at approximately 05:47 PST, Lucille Ball died.

  • True or False?

12) Where is Lucille Ball buried?

  1. Cremated, ashes buried in Lake View Cemetery in Jamestown, New York

  2. Sedalia Memorial Gardens, Sedalia, Missouri

  3. Westchester Hills Cemetery, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York

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