Lucille Ball & RA

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lucyLucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an American comedienne, film, television, stage and radio actress, model, film and television executive, and star of the sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show and Here’s Lucy. One of the most popular and influential stars in America during her lifetime, with one of Hollywood’s longest careers, especially on television, Ball was a movie star from the 1930s who could still be seen making films in the 1960s and 1970s; she was a radio regular in the 1940s.

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One of the less-commonly know facts about Lucille Ball is that she lived with rheumatoid arthritis when she was young.

As a teenager, Ball left her Jamestown, New York home to pursue a career in show business, adopting the stage name Diane Belmont. After being fired from several chorus jobs, she retreated to her hometown. Returning to NYC in the early 1930s, Ball was hired as a Hattie Carnegie model but that career was cut short by a bout with what was diagnosed as rheumatoid arthritis. Following two years of intense pain and experimental treatments, she had recovered sufficiently and embarked on a Hollywood career, which at first consisted mostly of walk-ons and bit roles before she was turned into a glamorous Goldwyn showgirl in Eddie Cantor musicals like “Roman Scandals” (1933).

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