Today, there are several words that have practically lost their meanings thanks to overuse. And “legend” is arguably one of these terms, as it’s often bandied about to describe a whole host of different people – some perhaps less deserving of the accolade than others. Even so, there are a few select stars who by any measure live up to the “legend” title.
Lucille Ball could firmly fit legendary status, for example, after she blazed her own trail in comedy back in the 1950s. Yes, following a string of movie appearances throughout the ’30s and ’40s, in 1951 the actress fronted her own television show: the classic I Love Lucy, in which she starred opposite then-husband Desi Arnaz.
Then, after Ball had forged a name for herself on the small screen, she made history again in 1962. In that year, you see, the comedy star took charge of Desilu Productions, thus earning her the honor of being the very first woman to become the head of a prime television network. But that move didn’t signal the end of Ball’s acting career – far from it, in fact.