On April 26, 1989 Lucille Ball passed away due to an aortic aneurysm at the age of 77.
She is best remembered for starring in the classic sitcom, “I Love Lucy,” alongside her husband, Desi Arnaz, and Vivian Vance and William Frawley. After “I Love Lucy,” she expanded her television career with “The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour,” “The Lucy Show,” “Here’s Lucy,” and “Life with Lucy.”
Her career spanned over five decades, in which she was nominated for an Emmy Award 13 times, winning four times, while becoming one of the first recipients of the Women in Film Crystal Awards. She was also awarded a Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award, honored by the Kennedy Center, the Governors Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, while also achieving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Besides becoming a pop culture icon due to her television career, Ball also made history in becoming the first woman to run a major television studio, Desilu, which was responsible for the production of “Star Trek” and “Mission Impossible.” She was survived by two children from her marriage with Desi Arnaz.