Lucille Ball before "I love Lucy"
Before being known as the crazy red head from "I Love Lucy", Lucille Ball first started out as a model and then began her performing career on Broadway. In the 1930's-40's she moved on to radio and then lots of B movies. In 1948 Lucy was cast on a radio comedy show called "My favorite Husband" (a radio program for CBS Radio). She played a wacky house wife. The show was really successful and CBS asked her to develop it for television. She agreed, but only if they let Desi Arnaz (her husband) play the part of her husband. CBS wasn't too crazy about the idea because they thought the public wouldn't accept an all American red head and a Cuban as a couple. Little did they know! LOL!