‘I Love Lucy’ Star Lucille Ball’s Eyebrows Never Grew Back After She Shaved Them Off for This Film

by Madison Miller

Lucille Ball’s character had gone through a series of unfortunate events on the TV show “I Love Lucy.” Through her endless schemes and mishaps, her character always had some “splainin’ to do.”

While her character went through a lot on “I Love Lucy,” her time on “Roman Scandals” led to some physical changes.

Lucille Ball and Her Eyebrows

According to IMDb, Ball was in the movie “Roman Scandals” in 1933. She played an uncredited role as a slave girl in the movie.

For the role, she had to shave off her eyebrows completely. Unfortunately, Lucille Ball’s eyebrows never grew back.

As many people know, eyebrows are incredibly temperamental. If you shave them or even pluck them excessively, they may never grow back the same or even at all. A makeup artist had convinced her it would be okay and her eyebrows would be back eventually. Right now, the bushy eyebrow is in, so Ball would have been even more upset that her eyebrows never made an appearance in her life again.

Lucille Ball would never leave the house without drawing on her eyebrows. Following her role in “Roman Scandals,” she had to draw on her brows for the rest of her life and got pretty good at it. Her daughter even said that she would draw her eyebrows on in bed before her husband woke up. She could do it in the dark, in a hurry, or on her side in bed.

Ball in ‘Roman Scandals’

The movie “Roman Scandals” stars Eddie Cantor, Ruth Etting, and Gloria Stuart. It focuses on a young man who is kicked out of his hometown of West Rome, Oklahoma.

At the same time, he falls asleep and dreams that he is back in ancient Rome. It’s not all pleasant and dream-like, however. In his dream, he gets mixed up in a murder plot against the current Emperor and becomes a part of the court intrigue.

This was Lucille Ball’s very first film appearance. After this, she moved to Hollywood and appeared in a number of smaller movies throughout the 1930s. She was in films like “Three Little Pigskins,” “Chatterbox,” and “Room Service.”

At the time, Lucille Ball had also become very popular on the radio as well to receive extra revenue. During her film career, she was in two movies that were nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. The films were “Top Hat” and “Stage Door.” Both were from the 1930s.

She was dubbed the “Queen of Comedy,” despite feeling it should have gone to her friend Carole Lombard.