Born on August 6, 1911, if Lucille Désirée Ball was alive today, she would be celebrating her 104th year. Although gone, she will always hold her place in history as the bold and beautiful red-head who paved the way for female comedians. This intelligently funny lady both entertained and won the hearts of millions with her timeless humor, outstanding talent, and fiery, outspoken personas. Watch a touching tribute to the legendary Lucille:
Best known for her role in the 1950s sitcom I Love Lucy, she began her career as a model in 1929. She moved on to radio, and then Broadway, followed by a movie career, all prior to dominating the role of the hilariously funny wife of Ricky Ricardo in the I Love Lucy television series in 1951.
The many firsts associated with Lucy in the television series also paved the way for the future of filming in more ways than one, making Lucille Ball another kind of pioneer. First, because Lucy needed a live audience to feed her comedic genius, the scripted series the first ever to be filmed on 35mm film in front of a live audience. In addition, while most other shows of this period were filmed in front of just one camera, the I Love Lucy show used a number of cameras to allow for sequential filming.
And, when Lucille became an expectant mother, the pregnancy was written into the show, and Lucy gave birth to “Little Ricky” on same night that she actually delivered her baby. Finally, in order to allow Lucille some “maternity leave,” earlier episodes of the show were rebroadcast, resulting in yet another birth, that of the television rerun. See this behind the scenes clip from the show: