Born on Aug. 6, 1911, Lucille Désirée Ball was born in Jamestown, New York, and made her mark in films in the 1930’s and 1940’s. A decade later, she became a television star. In 1951, she and her then-husband, Desi Arnaz, created the comedy series I Love Lucy, which became one of the most popular and much loved programs in TV history.
Ball was nominated numerous times for an Emmy Award and won four times. In May 1960, she and Arnaz divorced. In 1962, she became the first woman to run a major television studio, aptly called Desilu.
Sadly, Ball died on Apr. 26, 1989 at age 77 of an abdominal aortic dissection.