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LUCILLE "LUCY" BALL - CONTRACT SIGNED 12/23/1948 - HFSID 176181

LUCILLE BALL Lucille Ball signs a contract agreeing to work for Columbia Pictures Corporation as an actress. Carbon Typed Contract Signed: "Lucille Ball" under "Agreed To and Accepted", 1p, 8½x11. Hollywood, California, 1948 December 23.

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Condition: lightly creased, otherwise fine condition
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LUCILLE BALL
Lucille Ball signs a contract agreeing to work for Columbia Pictures Corporation as an actress.
Carbon Typed Contract Signed: "Lucille Ball" under "Agreed To and Accepted", 1p, 8½x11. Hollywood, California, 1948 December 23. On letterhead of Columbia Pictures Corporation, in letter form to Ball c/o the Kurt Frings Agency, Beverly Hills. Contract giving her start date on or before February 28, 1949 for her first movie with them. Also signed by a representative. In the year she signed this contract, Ball began starring in the radio comedy series, My Favorite Husband, which co-starred her real-life husband, Desi Arnaz, whom she had married in November 1940. The radio show ran from 1948-1951, when it made a successful transition to television as I Love Lucy. 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. Lightly creased with folds. Nicked at edges. File holes at upper margin. Pencil notes (unknown hand) at upper right. Overall, fine condition.

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