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Lucille Ball

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Rebekah Martinez

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By: Rebekah Martinez Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille Ball Lucille Ball was hardworking "She sweated out every goddamn break she got. She was one of dozens of girls at the studio watching and waiting for the opportunity. She followed Lela Rodgers regimen for success and stardom: her teeth were straightened, she wore dresses...…read English literature…....and took elocution lessons (Kanfer 42, 49)." The cast of I Love Lucy On July 6, 1989, three months after her death Lucy was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for "The First Lady of Television-one of America's greatest comediennes. Her face was seen by more people more often than the face of any human being who ever lived" (Kanfer 302). In 1952 the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) found out that in 1936 Lucille Ball had registered as communist. CBS required every person associated with them to take a loyalty oath "to make sure the full confidence of our listeners is unimpaired." Ball, like so many other Hollywood actors today, had such an impact on her viewers that CBS made sure none of the viewers would sympathize with communist movements. (Kanfer 152). Lucille Ball should be in the hall of fame because she was determined to make an impact on television and future comediennes and she never gave up on that. Born August 6th, 1911 and died April 26th 1989
Lucille and her Husband Desi had two children, Lucie and Desi Jr. Lucy was determined to be in a show with Desi and although CBS wasn't interested they (Lucy and Desi) said "We're going to do I Love Lucy even if we go broke." One of the scripts caught the eye of a producer at NBC and when CBC's Harry Ackerman heard of this he offered the Arnaz's a contract. (Kanfer 120). Lucille Ball is influential because she made an impact on television and the way comediennes act now. Lucy and her husband Desi.
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