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Lucy. Many people born after ..oh say...1980 or so don't realize Lucy was a chorus girl, model on occasions and known for her beauty long before she became a comedic star in films and tv. If interested look for her in movies from the 1930s... :)

Lucille Ball for Woodbury Power - 1943

My favorite of the old time actresses, probably the must understated beauty. Seriously a funny and extremely smart woman.

Lucille Désirée Ball : circa 1930

Lucille Ball/amazing actress but studios never figured out what to really do with her.. Until Desi Arnaz came along and showed her how to truly be a comedian... And history was made!

Lucille Ball (Lucille Désirée Ball) Born Aug. 6, 1911 Died April 26, 1989 of acute aortic aneurysm at age 77.

1950's Spring Fashions by Lucy_Fan, via Flickr

Lucille Ball - Created a television dynasty & reached several "firsts." Nominated for Emmy Award 13 times, & won 4 times. 1977 Ball was among the 1st recipients of the Women in Film Crystal Award. Recipient of the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1979, Lifetime Achievement Award - Kennedy Center Honors in 1986 & the Governors Award from Academy of Television Arts & Science '89. Her shows never went out of syndication.