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What Lucille Ball’s Colleagues Said About Working With Her

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Fans of Lucy Ricardo may remember her as a zany television housewife fond of creating misunderstandings on I Love Lucy, but what was Lucille Ball really like? While there are many I Love Lucy behind-the-scene stories about Ball being difficult and tough to work with, there are just as many memories about Ball's kindness towards others and her genuine willingness to do anything to entertain people. For an actress who forged new ground in comedy, ran her own major television studio, and remains beloved years after her passing, Ball clearly touched hearts and made an impact during her career.

After several years of minor roles in Hollywood, Ball shot to fame after creating and starring in I Love Lucy. Her marriage to Desi Arnaz also played a big part in her career, as well as her entire life. After Lucy ended, and she and Arnaz divorced, Ball learned how to do things on her own. She began running Desilu Productions and continued her comedic acting career by creating several other shows for herself, including The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy, and Life With Lucy. While she learned how to create her own career during a time when women were still expected not to assert themselves in the workplace, Ball's attitude towards her work stood out as different. So what was Lucille Ball like on a set? Whether she was feared or loved by her co-stars and production crew, Ball was a woman who knew what she wanted and wasn't afraid to make it known.

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