Today marks the 100th birthday of the great Lucille Ball! Nearly 60 years ago “I Love Lucy” took the world by storm and paved the way for future female comics. What a lot of people don’t know is that not only was Lucille an amazing comic, but she was a phenomenal actress all around. In the beginning of her career, she was largely known for her Dramatic acting. One film that I absolutely love that features Lucille Ball in all of her Dramatic glory is “The Big Street,” where Lucille plays a heartless singer! In my opinion it is one of her best films, if not the best. Manly because she isn’t the funny girl like the world is used to in this film. It really showcases her versatility as an actress.
Here is a clip from “Beauty of the Asking,” showing her flair for Dramatic acting in 1938.
Lucille Ball started her career as a fashion model in 1929 after leaving the John Murray Anderson School for the Dramatic Arts when her drama teachers told her she had no future as a performer. Determind to prove them wrong she switched to acting in 1932. After trying her luck on Broadway, she later moved to Hollywood to appear in films. She had small movie roles in “The Three Stooges,” and Marx Brothers. She also landed a small role in the 1937 film “Stage Door” with Katharine Hepburn, and in the 1939 film “Five Come Back.” Not only was Lucille an amazing actress but she really did prove her teachers wrong!
Lucille was also a talented singer and a smart business women. She would tell you what she liked and you knew she meant it, but she would also tell you what she didn’t like and you wouldn’t take it personally. She was as bright as a star and she never sought to be the center of attention. she just loved to act, not minding that she was one of the only female comics. Often playing second fiddle to male comics in most of her comic films. But even though in her comedic films; where she was a supporting comic, there was no hiding her talent behind a man. She could throw a line right back, with the best of them. Keeping everyone on their toes when she was around.
We all know that her greatest fame came from her “I Love Lucy” show, where she was finally able to take the comedic lead. She made the world laugh and proved that women can do anything. For that she is beloved and will never be forgotten. Here is to the 100th birthday of Lucille Ball. The Greatest.
Happy Birthday Lucille!
Here is a clip from “I Love Lucy.” One of her funniest skits.