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LUCILLE "LUCY" BALL - CORPORATE MINUTES SIGNED 06/17/1954 CO-SIGNED BY: MARTIN N. LEEDS, ANDREW G. HICKOX, DESI ARNAZ SR. - HFSID 172780

LUCILLE BALL and DESI ARNAZ In these signed 1954 minutes, W. Spencer Harrison was elected director of the corporation. Typed document signed: "Desi Arnaz" as President, "Lucille Ball" as Vice-President, "Martin N.

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LUCILLE BALL and DESI ARNAZ
In these signed 1954 minutes, W. Spencer Harrison was elected director of the corporation.
Typed document signed: "Desi Arnaz" as President, "Lucille Ball" as Vice-President, "Martin N. Leeds" as Executive Vice-President and "Andrew G. Hickox" (twice) as Vice-President and Secretary, 1½p, 8½x11. Hollywood, California, 1954 June 17. Headed: "Minutes of Special Meeting of the Directors of Desilu Productions Inc." At the meeting, W. Spencer Harrison was elected director of the corporation. I Love Lucy premiered on CBS on October 15, 1951. It was television's first smash hit situation comedy and the first sitcom to be filmed before a live audience. In its six seasons, I Love Lucy ranked third (1951-1952), first (1952-1955, 1956-1957) and second (1955-1956) in the Nielsen ratings. Comedienne LUCILLE BALL (1911-1989) and her husband, Cuban bandleader DESI ARNAZ (1917-1986) had formed Desilu, which became one of the world's largest television production companies, to produce I Love Lucy after CBS had denied Lucy's request that her husband play her spouse on the show. In 1957, Lucy and Desi sold the rerun rights to I Love Lucy to CBS Films for $5 million. They used the money to help Desilu Productions purchase the RKO motion-picture lot, where both had worked as actors years before. With their expanded facilities, the couple produced such successful programs as Our Miss Brooks, The Untouchables, The Danny Thomas Show, Mission Impossible and Star Trek. In 1960, when Lucy and Desi divorced, they divided Desilu's assets in half; two years later, Lucy bought out Desi for $3 million. MARTIN N. LEEDS, the Executive Vice President of Desilu, later joined CBS. In 1993, he published Desilu: The Story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Binder and staple holes at top of each page. Fine condition.

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