Lucille Ball is one of the most iconic television actresses of all time, known for her comedic performances on the classic show “I Love Lucy.” However, before she became a household name, Ball had a dark past as a nude model.
In the 1920s, Ball was a struggling actress in New York City. To make ends meet, she posed for nude photos under the name Diane Belmont. These photos were taken by photographer Man Ray and were considered avant-garde art at the time. Ball was paid $50 for each session, a considerable sum of money in those days.
Despite the fact that Ball posed for these photos, she was never ashamed of them. In fact, she considered them to be some of the most beautiful photos ever taken of her. However, she knew that they could damage her career if they were made public, so she kept them hidden away.
It wasn’t until after Ball had become famous that the photos were discovered. In the 1950s, a man named Edward Weston claimed to have a collection of nude photos of Ball. Weston tried to blackmail Ball, demanding money in exchange for not releasing the photos to the public. Ball refused to pay, and the photos were never released.
Although Ball’s nude modeling past may seem scandalous by today’s standards, it was not uncommon for struggling actresses to pose for such photos in the 1920s. Many famous actresses of the era, such as Joan Crawford and Clara Bow, had similar experiences.
Despite this dark chapter in her past, Ball went on to become one of the most beloved actresses of all time. Her talent and comedic timing made her a star, and her legacy continues to live on through her iconic performances on “I Love Lucy.”
Lucille Ball had a tumultuous personal life, including several failed marriages. Her first marriage to Cuban businessman Desi Arnaz ended in divorce in 1960 after a rocky relationship marked by infidelity and alcoholism. However, the couple remained close and continued to work together on their popular television show, “I Love Lucy.”
After her divorce from Arnaz, Ball married again in 1961, to comedian Gary Morton. This marriage lasted until her death in 1989, and the couple reportedly had a happy and stable relationship. Ball was also a mother to two children, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr., both of whom went on to have successful careers in entertainment.
In addition to her personal relationships, Ball was also involved in politics and was a supporter of the Civil Rights Movement. She served on the advisory board of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and was an outspoken critic of racial segregation in Hollywood.
Ball was also a pioneer for women in the entertainment industry, becoming the first woman to run a major television studio when she established Desilu Productions in 1951. She was known for her strong work ethic and business acumen, and was a respected figure in the industry until her death.
In the end, Ball’s past as a nude model did not define her or her career. She was a talented actress who brought joy and laughter to millions of people around the world. Her legacy will always be remembered as one of the greatest in the history of television.