Lucille Ball dies a week after open heart surgery, on the day of her friend Carol Burnett’s 56th birthday. Burnett received the flowers that Lucy had ordered earlier for delivery on her birthday.
Lucy was the first woman to own her own film studio and the first woman to receive the International Radio and Television Society’s Gold Medal.
Her annual salary while President of Desilu was reported at $100,000 (in 1965, the average annual salary in the U.S. was under $4700).
In 1935, she signed her first promotional agreement with Max Factor and again in 1942. Of all the stars, she had the longest association with the Max Factor company.
She started out as a model but was stricken by rheumatoid arthritis early in her career and spent two years re-learning how to walk. While making a 1933 movie, she was required to shave off her eyebrows and they never grew back. She was also once fired from an ice cream parlor for forgetting to put bananas in the banana splits.