A Genius for Comedy
Lucille Ball will forever be known as a comedic genius, and is loved as much today as she was when she first appeared on TV sets across America in the 1950s. I Love Lucy, Ball’s original creation, quickly became one of the most popular TV shows of all time. It was the first TV show to shoot on film and was also the first sitcom to show a pregnant woman. Throughout most of her TV career, Lucy was married to Desi Arnaz who appeared as her husband in the show. Their madcap adventures helped define the genre of TV situation comedies.
Lucy was more than a versatile comedian; she was a powerful, courageous woman – the first woman in television to be the head of a production company. Ball brought women to the forefront of comedy, inspiring future generations of female humorists such as Kristen Wiig, Amy Poehler, and Tina Fey. As Van Johnson once said, “Lucy left an imprint on the American public that will never be forgotten”.
Lucille Ball was nominated for an Emmy Award thirteen times, and won four times. In 1977, she was among the first recipients of the Women in Film Crystal Award. She was the recipient of the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1979, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center in 1986, and the Governors Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1989.