Lucille Ball was born in Jamestown, New York on August 6, 1911. Lucy left home as a teenager, heading to New York City with dreams of becoming an actress, but had to settle with working as a model to make ends meet.
Lucy found the stage calling when she was spotted by an agent for Samuel Goldwyn in 1933. Lucy became a Goldwyn girl and left for Hollywood where she appeared in her first movie "Roman Scandals" with Eddie Cantor.
Lucy went on to appear in a number of films including "Kid Millions," "Top Hat," and "So & Sew," "Stage Door" and "Room Service." While working at RKO Studios, Lucy met and fell in love with a Cuban conga player and singer named Desi Arnaz. After a whirlwind courtship, Lucy and Desi were married in 1940. In early 1943, while Desi was in the army, Lucy appeared on Armed Forces Radio with Mel Blanc. It was at this time that Lucy became a redhead, which would become her trademark look.
Throughout her career, which spanned 50 years, Lucy appeared in over 80 movies, nearly 200 "I Love Lucy" episodes, over 300 “Lucy” specials. Lucy had two children, a daughter, Lucie, and Desi Jr.