She was born Lucille Desiree Ball on August 6, 1911, in Jamestown, NY. She became a model in 1929 and appeared in quite a few movies (small roles) throughout the 1930's.
On April 18, 1989, she complained of chest pains and was rushed to the emergency room of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She was diagnosed as having a dissecting aortic aneurysm and underwent heart surgery for nearly eight hours. The surgery was successful, and Ball was recovering; she was walking around her room with little assistance. On April 26, shortly after dawn, she awoke with severe back pains. Her aorta had ruptured in a second location and she quickly lost consciousness. All attempts to revive her proved unsuccessful and at approximately 5:47 PST, Lucille Ball died at the age of seventy-seven.
I guess I cried off and on for about a month after Lucy died. I was devastated. She had been making me laugh since I was about 6 years old. She was like family. She had been in our living room more than anyone else outside the immediate family. There were so many nice tributes on TV - I saw them all. Many, many magazines came out with her pictures on the cover - I bought them all. Of course, I came to terms with the fact that she was gone, but thanks to TV Land and DVD's, she is still making me laugh today. I guess the thing I admire the most about Lucy is that even though she was quite pretty, even beautiful at times, she was never afraid to look or act too ridiculous to get a laugh. It was the most important thing.
I am very grateful to Lucille Ball for all the laughs, pleasure, and entertainment she brought to me in my life.
Happy Birthday, Lucy!
PS - My favorite episodes are: Vitameatavegamin, where she does the TV commercial and gets drunk, and the one where she babysits twin boys to make extra money and ends up in a show dressed as a cowboy with a frog down her back. What are your favorites?