On August 6 Lucille Ball was born…

On August 6, 1911 Lucille Ball was born.

Lucille Ball Columbia Pictures

Lucille Ball
Columbia Pictures

” Lucille Ball — whose career in front of the camera spanned five decades — served as a pioneer for female comedians, as well as for the television industry itself. Named TV Guide’s “Biggest TV Star of All Time,” Ball was only one of two women to successfully star in three separate long-running sitcoms in successive decades.

“I Love Lucy” promo shot
CBS Television / Desilu Productions

The reason people still watch I Love Lucy — or any other rerun for that matter — is because of Lucille Ball. Together, Ball and her husband (on TV and in real life), Desi Arnaz, developed the idea for syndication. Besides this major shift in the way people viewed television, Ball also pioneered the three camera technique — now standard fare for sitcoms. She was the first woman to own her own television studio and she won seven Emmys throughout her career, including Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series several times, and Best Comedienne. For all of her work and contributions in comedy, she won a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987.

Vivian Vance holding her Emmy for best supporting actress in 1954, while Lucille Ball holding the Emmy

Vivian Vance holding her Emmy for best supporting actress in 1954, while Lucille Ball holding the Emmy “I Love Lucy” won for best comedy series. Both ladies celebrated the win by kissing Desi Arnaz.
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

Following the I Love Lucy show (1951-1957) came The Lucy and Desi Comedy Hour (1957-1960 ). The couple then split-up in real life and Ball struck out on her own with another sitcom, The Lucille Ball Show (1962-1967), and finally, Here’s Lucy (1968-1974).” via MSN.

Lucille Ball passed away on April 26, 1989, at the age of 77.

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