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March 16, 2020

Lucille Ball Dressed Up for St Patrick’s Day, ca. 1930s

Lucille Ball was born in 1911 in Jamestown, New York. One of America’s most beloved comedians, she is particularly known for her iconic television show ‘I Love Lucy.’

At age 15, Ball went to New York City to attend drama school and become an actress. However, she received little encouragement and was rejected multiple times from Broadway chorus lines. She remained in New York City, however, and by 1927 Ball, who had started calling herself Diane Belmont, found work as a model, first for fashion designer Hattie Carnegie, and then, after overcoming a debilitating bout of rheumatoid arthritis, for Chesterfield cigarettes.

In the early 1930s, Ball, who had dyed her chestnut hair blonde, moved to Hollywood to seek out more acting opportunities. Work soon followed, including a stint as one of the 12 “Goldwyn Girls” to promote the 1933 Eddie Cantor flick Roman Scandals. She landed a role as an extra in the Ritz Brothers film The Three Musketeers, and then in 1937 earned a sizable part in Stage Door, starring Katharine Hepburn and Ginger Rogers.

Below are some rare and fascinating vintage photos of Lucille Ball celebrating St. Patrick’s Day from the 1930s.


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