LUCILLE BALL and SID CAESAR Black and white publicity photograph of Lucille Ball and Sid Caesar. Photograph signed: "Love/Lucy" and "Sid/Caesar". B/w, 10x8.

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Black and white publicity photograph of Lucille Ball and Sid Caesar.
Photograph signed: "Love/Lucy" and "Sid/Caesar". B/w, 10x8. Show business veteran LUCILLE BALL (1911-1989) appeared in the chorus of Broadway productions before breaking into films in the 1930s. By 1938, she was a star of "B" movies, having appeared in Stage Door (1937), and her later roles in films such as DuBarry Was a Lady (1943) made her a popular star. Lucy was offered her own television show, but she refused unless her husband, Cuban musician and bandleader, Desi Arnaz, would co-star. After I Love Lucy debuted on the small screen in 1951, Lucy became an American institution. Nominated for 13 Emmy Awards and the winner of four Emmys for her role as Lucy Ricardo in I Love Lucy (1953 and 1956) and Lucy Carmichael in The Lucy Show (1967 and 1968), Ball was also a television pioneer and astute businesswoman. She and her husband, Desi Arnaz, pioneered the three-camera technique that is now the standard in filming TV sitcoms and the concept of syndicating TV programs. She and Desi also formed Desilu Productions, which was highly successful in producing other TV shows, and later purchased the facilities of RKO, where both had been contract players. A writer and regular performer on TV's live Your Show of Shows (1950-1954), comedian SID CAESAR (1922-2014) hosted a series of shows bearing his name for another decade. He earned an Emmy Award for Best Actor in 1952, and the following year Caesar and Imogene Coca were voted Best Comedy Team in a poll by "Motion Picture Daily". Caesar's autobiography, Where Have I Been? (1979), documents his subsequent struggles with pills and alcohol, but he has continued to appear in cameo roles in films, such as Vegas Vacation (1997). Caesar, who was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor (Musical) in 1963 for Little Me, is also a composer and saxophonist. Diagonal crease at upper right corner. Minor surface creases (most not evident head on). Photographer's stamp, pencil note (unknown hand) and glue stain on verso (no show through). Overall, fine condition.

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