Lucille Ball is so famous, she needed two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
So how does that work? Even the biggest movie stars of all time only have one star. So, how did Lucille Ball get two? The answer is simple: She’s a megastar in both movies and television. So, on February 8, 1960, Lucille Ball got two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has one star for motion pictures at 6436 Hollywood Blvd. She also has one for television at 6100 Hollywood Blvd.
Lucille Ball started her acting career in the 1930s. In the 40s she worked in both radio and movies. By the 50s, she skyrocketed to fame with I Love Lucy. And she continued to make films in the 1960s and 1970s. Lucy received thirteen Emmy Award nominations and four wins. She accepted the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1979. She also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center Honors in 1986 and the Governors Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 1989. In conclusion, Lucy absolutely deserves two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Lucille Ball Was the First Woman to Run a Major Television Studio
Lucille Ball and her husband Desi Arnaz founded Desilu Productions in 1950. They created the company to produce their vaudeville act so they could sell the television series to CBS. So, they combined both of their names to form Desilu Productions. The two used their company to pitch the idea of adapting Lucy’s CBS radio series My Favorite Husband to television. Can you guess what that project was later named? If you guessed I Love Lucy, you’re right!
The company grew to have 2,000 employees, 36 sound stages, and 62 acres. It’s best known for producing shows including I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, The Untouchables, Mission: Impossible and Star Trek. For over a decade after its inception, Desilu was the second-largest independent television production company in the United States, behind MCA’s Revue. In 1962, Lucy bought out Arnaz and ran the company herself. This made her the first woman to head a major studio and one of the most powerful women in Hollywood at the time. She eventually sold Desilu Productions for $17 million in 1967, which amounts to over $130 million today. The name of the company was changed to Paramount Pictures.
We think Lucille Ball deserves a third star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame star for that!