Actress and comedienne Lucille Ball was born on this day in 1911. A native of Jamestown, New York, Ball's career on screen began as a contract player for RKO Radio Pictures where she appeared in various small film roles throughout the 1930s and 40s. Her greatest success came on the small screen, in her role as the titular character of her hit show, "I Love Lucy”. The brainchild of her and husband Desi Arnaz, the show was produced through their production company, Desilu Productions, which would also go on to produce popular franchises in Mission: Impossible (1966) and Star Trek (1966). Pictured above is Ball and her co-star Vivian Vance as their characters Lucy and Ethel in the popular ‘I Love Lucy’ episode, “Job Switching”.