If still alive, Lucille Ball would have turned 109 on August 6th, 2020. Ball was best known for her television work, starring and producing four television shows during her lifetime. Before her TV fame, Ball worked as a model and got work as a chorus entertainer on Broadway. During the 1930s she moved from New York City to Hollywood, landing several small parts in films. In 1940 she landed the leading role in the musical "Too Many Girls," where she met Desi Arnaz, whom she'd go on to marry that same year. In 1948, she appeared in the radio comedy "My Favorite Husband" as a kooky wife, leading CBS to offer her a television show.
"I Love Lucy" premiered in 1951 and ran for six seasons. The show not only starred Ball, but Arnaz as well, focusing on the fictional housewife's antics and attempts to make it in show business. The show featured Ball's talent for physical comedy and went on to become one of the most beloved programs in history.
"I Love Lucy" ended in 1957, but that was far from the last time Ball would appear on television. She then went on to star and produce two more successful comedies with CBS: "The Lucy Show," which ran from 1962-1968 and "Here's Lucy," which ran from 1968-1974. In 1986, she made her return to sitcoms with "Life with Lucy," which was Ball's only unsuccessful television series and was canceled after 13 episodes. The show would be her last onscreen appearance, as Ball passed away from a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm on April 26th, 1989 at the age of 77.
In honor of Ball's birthday and her incredible legacy in entertainment, we're celebrating her with tattoos from talented artists around the world. Take a look at their work in the gallery below and let us know your favorite "I Love Lucy" moment in the comments section on social media.