Today is Lucille Ball’s 100th birthday (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989). Lucille was an extremely successful comedienne, actress, model and television executive, and was one of the most influential American stars during her lifetime. In fact, Ball was the first woman to run a major television studio Desilu, which produced several successful television series. The major sitcoms she starred in were: I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here’s Lucy and Life With Lucy. Lucille received a total of 13 Emmy Award nominations, and won four of them. She also received several other awards including the Women in Film Crystal Award in 1977 and Lifetime Achievement Award in 1986.
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She accomplished all this during a time that women were much more restricted in their career and life choices. Lucille didn’t have any other female executives to look up to – she simply made it happen! Lucille Ball was brilliant and hilarious. I remember watching I Love Lucy reruns on Nick-at-Nite in the 90’s. Man, they used to play them back-to-back too. I was in my early teens back then and never realized how difficult it was for women when she was at the height of her career.
It is because of women like Lucille Ball that we are able to enjoy more respect and equality in the workplace (though we still have much more to go), and this is why here at Loose Garments we wish Lucille a very warm and loving Happy 100th Birthday!