Today marks the 100th anniversary of actress Lucille Ball’s birth in Jamestown, New York. To celebrate, True Classics has organized a blogathon covering the redheaded star’s big- and small-screen career, as well as her radio work and her life in general. The list of participating bloggers can be found here.
Although Ball wasn’t known for her appearances in crime and mystery dramas, as co-founder (with her husband and TV co-star, Desi Arnaz) of Hollywood’s Desilu Productions, she deserves some credit for bringing to the screen that studio’s TV series, which included Star Trek, The Untouchables, I Spy, Mission: Impossible, and Mannix. That last show was also Desilu’s final series project, and Ball has been credited with saving Mannix from an early cancellation by CBS-TV. For that effort, at least, we owe her our thanks.
READ MORE: “Critic's Notebook: Lucille Ball, 100 and Ageless,” by Robert Lloyd (Los Angeles Times); “Happy 100th Birthday, Lucille Ball! 15 Things You Never Knew About TV’s Funniest Lady” and “Lucille Ball Turns 100: 10 Ways to Celebrate Lucy’s Birthday,” by Kim Potts (AOL TV).