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How Lucille Ball Went From Rags To Riches Through Pure Hustle And Red Hair Dye

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Before I Love Lucy, Lucille Ball encountered many hardships. Neither loss, poverty, nor harsh critique stunted young Lucille Ball, however. She believed in herself and had an unwavering desire to become an actress. Her looks helped her enter Hollywood, but her determination allowed her to flourish.

Ball was born in 1911, and her youthful curiosity sometimes impeded her. In fact, the aspiring star occasionally found herself relegated to the yard and attached to the clothesline so she wouldn't cause trouble. After her father's passing, Ball's mother remarried and moved away, leaving the young child in the care of her step-grandmother.

Ball decided to become an actress and moved to New York City at age 15. Things didn't go quite as planned, but she did find work as a model. This led to other opportunities, including appearances in 72 Hollywood films. Eventually, a lot of hard work and a little red hair dye changed Ball's life. She became a household name and turned her rags into riches.

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