Dead: April 26, 1989
High of Her Life: Lucille Ball has been regarded as one of the best female comedians ever and just a damn good comedian in general. I Love Lucy was one of the most popular television shows at the time and it’s still a smash hit even today with plenty of marathons and reruns on TV Land. Who can’t quote at least half a dozen episodes? Vitameatavegamin is practically an accepted word in the dictionary. Ball was also the first woman in television to be the head of a production company. Not only was she married to a sexy Cuban man, the show holds the record for longest recorded studio audience laugh in the episode “Lucy Does the Tango.” You just don’t get quality comedy like that any more.
Low of Her Life: In 1936 Ball made the mistake of registering as a Communist. Well, it wasn’t really a mistake because she was fairly outspoken about it. Not all Americans were thrilled though. Ball also had several miscarriages throughout her marriage to Desi Arnaz. In 1960 America’s favorite comedic couple filed for divorce. There was nothing funny about that.
Who Sees Her as a Hero: Female comedians, red heads, our parents, and Cubans.