Lucille Ball Net Worth 2020, Biography, Education, and Career.
Lucille Ball Net Worth 2020 – One of America’s most beloved comedians, Lucille Ball is particularly known for her iconic television show ‘I Love Lucy.’
Lucille Ball was born on August 6, 1911, in Jamestown, New York, to Henry Durrell Ball and his wife Desiree. The elder of the couple’s two children (her brother, Fred, was born in 1915), Lucille had a hardscrabble childhood shaped by tragedy and a lack of money.
Ball’s father, Henry (or Had, as he was known to his family) was an electrician, and not long after his daughter’s birth, he relocated the family to Montana for work.
Then it was off to Michigan, where Had took a job as a telephone lineman with the Michigan Bell Company.
Life came undone in February 1915 when Had was struck with typhoid fever and died. For Ball, just 3 years old at the time, her father’s death not only set in motion a series of difficult childhood hurdles but also served as the young girl’s first real significant memory.
She got married to Desi Arnaz in 1940. The two shared two children – Desiderio Alberto Arnaz IV and Lucie Desiree Arnaz. After years of both of them starring on I Love Lucy, the couple got divorced in 1960.
Her second husband was Gary Morton who she met through her friend, Paula Stewart. The two were married in 1961 and remained married until her death in 1989.
Lucille Ball has three grandchildren born to Lucie Arnaz – Simon Joseph and Katharine Luckinbill. Her son, Desi Arnaz Jr. has two children, Julia Arnaz, and Haley Arnaz.
Finally, at age 11, Lucille reunited with her mother when Desiree and Ed returned to Jamestown.
Even then, Ball had an itch to do something big, and when she was 15 she convinced her mother to allow her to enroll in a New York City drama school. But despite her longing to make it on the stage, Ball was too nervous to draw much notice.
She remained in New York City, however, and by 1927 Ball, who had started calling herself Diane Belmont, found work as a model, first for fashion designer Hattie Carnegie, and then, after overcoming a debilitating bout of rheumatoid arthritis, for Chesterfield cigarettes.
In the early 1930s, Ball, who had dyed her chestnut hair blonde, moved to Hollywood to seek out more acting opportunities.
Work soon followed, including a stint as one of the 12 “Goldwyn Girls” to promote the 1933 Eddie Cantor flick Roman Scandals.
She landed a role as an extra in the Ritz Brothers film The Three Musketeers, and then in 1937 earned a sizable part in Stage Door, starring Katharine Hepburn and Ginger Rogers.
Still, as the late 1940s rolled around, Ball, who had dyed her hair red in 1942 at MGM’s urging, was looking at a stagnant movie career, unable to break into the kinds of starring roles she’d always dreamed about.
As a result, Arnaz pushed his wife to try broadcasting, and it wasn’t long before Ball landed a lead part in the radio comedy My Favorite Husband.
The program caught the attention of CBS executives, who wanted her to recreate something like it on the small screen.
Ball, though, insisted it includes her real-life husband, something the network clearly wasn’t interested in seeing happen.
So Ball walked away, and with Desi put together an I Love Lucy–like vaudeville act and took it on the road. Success soon greeted the pair. So did a contract from CBS.
Lucille Ball died on the 26th of April 1989 after a brief battle with dissecting aortic aneurysm that started on the 18th of April.
Despite an open heart surgery that lasted 8 hours, she died at the age of 77. She was cremated and interred at Forest Lawn in Los Angeles.
As of current update 2020, Lucille Ball had benefitted and enjoyed her career, probably like no other in the industry. The executive’s estimated net worth was $40 million.