77. Lucille Ball: America's Sweetheart

Lucille Ball was the most beloved television personality the early years of the medium. Her hit I Love Lucy is the most watched show the history of television. Ball was a comedienne starred in radio, theater, and TV, as well being a singer, and a model during her .

Ball was born in Jamestown, New York on 6, 1911 into a modest family. Her father an electrician by trade, and shortly after her , moved the family to Montana to find work. family eventually made Michigan their home after her found work with the Michigan Bell Telephone Company. Ball was just three years old, her father unexpectedly. This put a series of tough financial into motion for the now single parent family.

's mother remarried after their return to Jamestown, but step-father did not like children, so Ball was to live with her step-grandmother. Life with her -grandmother was not easy. They often had little to , and couldn't afford the most basic needs. She eventually reunited with her mother, and things got for the teenager. Ball developed an interest in at this time, and tried modeling before moving Los Angeles to hopefully start a career.

Ball successful in landing acting jobs, almost immediately. She in a series of "B" movies, and met first husband, Desi Arnaz, while filming Dance, Girl, . This was the start of a film career included 72 movies. Her biggest role came on though. Her show I Love Lucy debuted in , and depicted the couple's life in New York . It was one of the most popular shows the history of television. Ball had become a fide star, and I Love Lucy is also most syndicated show in history.