Women in the Performing Arts

Lucille Ball

34-cent Lucille Ball stamp
The Lucille Ball stamp was issued August 6, 2001.

Perhaps the most loved female comedian of the twentieth century is Lucille Ball (1911-1989). During the 1950’s Lucille Ball captured the hearts of Americans with her comedy sitcom, I love Lucy that featured her and her husband, Desi Arnaz. Ball also became one of the most powerful women in television when she gained full control of her and Arnaz’s production company, Desilu productions, in the 1960’s. As a result of her immense success in business, television, and film, Lucille Ball is remembered as one of the most influential actresses of the 1950’s.

Lucille Ball had a postage stamp released in her honor as part of the Legends of Hollywood Issue. The stamp was designed by Derry Noyes and was released on Ball’s birthday. The ceremony was held at the Hollywood History Museum.