Lucille (Ball) Morton

Lucille Desiree (Ball) Morton (1911 - 1989)

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Lucille Desiree "Lucy" Morton formerly Ball aka Arnaz
Born in Jamestown, Chautauqua, New York, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married (to ) in Greenwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States of Americamap
Wife of — married (to ) [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Mother of [private son (unknown - unknown)]
Died in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 28 Dec 2008
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Lucille (Ball) Morton was born August 6, 1911 in Jamestown, New York, to Henry Durrell Ball and Désirée "DeDe" (Hunt) Ball.

She was best known as the star of the self produced sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy and Life with Lucy. She was an Actress, comedian, model, singer, film studio executive, and TV producer. She became the first woman to run a major television studio, Desilu Productions, in 1963.[1] [2]

Lucille attended the John Murray Anderson School for the Dramatic Arts [3]

Sibling - Frederick Henry Ball [4]


  • Actor/producer Desi Arnaz (married 1940, divorced 1960) with whom she costarred and produced. This first married occurred in a judge's chambers in Greenwich, Connecticut, but after years of marital problems, they reconciled and were married in a church ceremony.[5]
  • Comedian Gary Morton (married 1961 until her death in 1989)


  • Desi Arnaz, Jr.[6]
  • Lucie Arnaz[7]
  • Note - no evidence that Patrick Ball was born to this person

Lucy died on April 26, 1989 in Beverly Hills, California.[8]

Recognition and Awards[1]

  • Nominated for thirteen Primetime Emmy Awards, winning four
  • One of the first recipients of the Women in Film Crystal Award Ball, in 1977.
  • Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1979
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center Honors in 1986
  • Governors Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 1989


  • "I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked on it, and I'm afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else hard work and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't." [9]
  • "The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age." [10]
  • "I'm not funny. What I am is brave."[10]
  • "Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall madly in love with a gorgeous redhead."[10]
  • "I'd rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not."[10]
  • "A man who correctly guesses a woman's age may be smart, but he's not very bright."[10]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Wikipedia contributors, "Lucille Ball," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed April 19, 2016).
  2. Lucy Desi Museum & Center for Comedy.
  3. "Famous John Murray Anderson School for the Dramatic Arts Alumni."
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Fred Ball," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed April 19, 2016).
  5. "God Enters: Marriage Saved" Dallas Morning News (Texas), Monday, February 28, 1955 Section: Part 1, Page 1. Accessed at GenealogyBank on 17 April 2016.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Desi Arnaz Jr.," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed April 19, 2016).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Lucie Arnaz," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed April 19, 2016).
  8. Find a Grave memorial for Lucille Ball
  9. "Quotes by Lucille Ball."
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 "Lucille Ball: Quotes." IMDb.

See Also

  • "United States Census, 1930", database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 19 April 2016), Lucille Ball in entry for Edward Peterson, 1930.
  • "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 19 April 2016), Lucille Ball, Tract 387, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills Judicial Township, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 19-62, sheet 6A, family 211, NARA digital publication T627 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012), roll 222.
  • "Lucille Ball: Early Career." A&E Television Networks.
  • "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 10 September 2016), Lucille Or Diane Ball Or Belmont, Connecticut, United States, 27 Apr 1989; from "Recent Newspaper Obituaries (1977 - Today)," database, ( : 2014); citing , born-digital text.

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On 20 Jun 2016 Pamela (Roberson) Wells wrote:

I just found out through by using their app that Lucy is my 9th cousin 2 x removed. My grandmother, Leone BUBECK nee DAVISON always said I reminded her of Lucy in looks and personality when I was a teenager.  :-)

On 17 Apr 2016 Summer (Binkley) Orman wrote:

My favorite actor of all time. I remember staying up late at night on Saturdays to watch the Lucy and Desi Comedy Hour. At 10 years old it was the highlight of my week. I have seen nearly every episode of I love Lucy and the Comedy Hour, and they never get old. They are classic, timeless, and incomparable.

On 29 Dec 2009 Sally (Morton) Dupre wrote:

Funniest Lady ever!

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Lucille Ball and Hedda Hopper were long-time friends
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On 14 Sep 2017 at 22:21 GMT Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy wrote:

She was sent to live with her Grandmother Peterson at a young age. Grandmother Peterson was very strict and believed that happiness was a sin and looking in a mirror was a sign of vanity. Mirrors were banned as was having fun. Lucy would play in the chicken coop (it became her castle) and she had an imaginary friend named Sassafrassa. Sassafrassa gave her compliments and told her how beautiful she was. She would make faces in the windows of the trolly car to see the possibilities but would get in trouble if she was caught looking at herself. In 1952 and 1953, the studios did not think anyone would watch a wacky redhead and her Cuban husband. Two out of three households with TVs proved them wrong however every Monday Night.

Meltzer, Brad, Heroes for my son, pgs 52-53, Harper Collins Publish

On 30 Apr 2016 at 00:11 GMT Maureen (Henigan) Rosenfeld wrote:

Is Lucie Arnaz not on this tree?

Lucille is 23 degrees from SJ Baty, 23 degrees from Orville Redenbacher and 19 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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