Lucille Ball is one of the most loved comedienne’s of our time. I can’t help but smile when I think of the crazy antics she was always up to on her television show with husband, Desi Arnaz. What most people don’t know, though is that Lucy wasn’t always a redhead, she started in the biz with blonde, yes blonde hair!
Lucy started her career as a model, but had to retire early, due to a terrible case of rheumatoid arthritis. She then headed out to Hollywood, and was put under contract by Columbia Studios. She later signed with RKO, and was beginning to get notice for her funny personality. Around 1950 or so, she began to dye her hair red.
Since her film career was not going extremely well, she turned to television. She married Desi Arnaz and began a tumultuous partnership with him. “After nearly six years, Ball and Arnaz ended the series in favor of a series of one-hour comedy specials featuring the characters of “I Love Lucy” that aired originally as part of “Desilu Playhouse” and were later packaged as “The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show/The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour”. Having wisely retained all the rights to “I Love Lucy” after its initial broadcast, the couple racked up enormous profits from the sale of its syndication rights, an unheard of event in the early 50s. Eventually, Arnaz and Ball sold the filmed episodes back to CBS for a tidy profit and the show continues to air somewhere in the world to this day.”
She divorced Arnaz in 1960, after years of noted abuse. He was known to have a terrible temper and was also a ladies man. Lucy continued to be well respected for the remainder of her life, when she died in 1989. Here are some of my favorite images of Lucille Ball, one of the greatest funny women of all time. She was also an absolutely gorgeous actress as you can see in the photos. Enjoy!