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Lucille Ball

  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 08:15 AM
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Lucille Ball was the most loved television comedienne of her time.   She was an American icon and is considered the first lady of television.   With her strong work ethic and her determination, Lucille not only changed the face of television, she also paved the way for a lot of other female actresses.


In 1940, Lucille Balled married her Cuban born husband Desi Arnaz.   Together they developed the I Love Lucy show, which became one of the most popular sitcoms of all time.


Although Lucille and Desi were set on doing the program, they had to overcome a few obstacles first.   For instance, a woman had never had the starring role in a television sitcom and the networks were not sure that Lucille could carry the show.   The major obstacle, however, was her marriage to a Cuban.   This would be the first time on a network television that a couple would be inter-racial.   The networks were positive that no one would believe that Lucy was married to a foreigner.   Lucille and Desi had to go on tour the summer before the show started to prove that the American public would receive them.   Contrary to the networks belief, the public did accept them and the show began in 1951.  


The I Love Lucy show also had a couple of other "firsts" in network programming.   Lucy and Desi decided to film the series instead of doing it in front of a live audience.   Because each episode was on film, they could reshow any episode at any time.   They basically invented the term "rerun".   When the series ended, they sold the show to independent stations and made millions.   This set the pattern for all of television.   Also, for the first time ever on small screen, the lead character became pregnant.   This worried the network superiors a lot.   They were again afraid of the reaction of the American public.   They felt that people would not want to see a pregnant woman on television.   After consulting with censors and several clergymen, the network decided to go ahead with the show....

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