Monday, August 6, 2012

August 6

August 6 is the birthdate of actress Lucille Ball. She and Desi Arnaz formed Desilu Productions in 1950 to sell their vaudeville act as a TV series to CBS. The project premiered in 1951 as “I Love Lucy.” Desi/Lucy divorced in 1960, but in 1962 Lucy became president of Desilu, the first woman to run a major television studio. The company produced or filmed many other TV series, including Our Miss Brooks, The Untouchables, Make Room for Daddy, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Andy Griffith Show, My Three Sons, I Spy, Star Trek and Mission: Impossible. Desilu was sold and merged into Paramount Pictures in 1967.

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