Facts You Never Knew About Lucille Ball

By Allyson Koerner

Lucille Ball was revolutionary in more ways than one, especially when it came to transforming the entertainment industry for women. 

 

Fans know the Lucy Ricardo they’ve seen and continue to watch on the small screen, but do they know the real Lucille Ball? If not, it’s time to get to know her even better.

 

She was the first woman to run a major production company

 

She fought for TV's first interracial couple

 

She wasn't a natural redhead

She lied about her age after marrying Desi

 

She only took home a total of four Emmys

Her father died from typhoid fever

 

Lucille Ball once used the name Diane Belmont

According to NPR, Ball was a descendant of those accused as witches during the Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692

Starring in The Lucy Show made Ball one of the first women to play a woman without a husband

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