In today's Hollywood, vanity and desperation appear to be what sells. From reality TV to terrible movie cash-in content, the public image of Hollywood is one that's narcissistic, lacking in artistic integrity, and solely interested in making cash. It's an image that would enrage many of the city's 'old school' influencers, and none more so than the mega-famous Lucille Ball.Born in New York on August 11th, 1911, Lucille Ball was a fairly normal child. After an early move to Montana with her family, she settled into daily life. As a young child, her father died, a key event in Lucille Ball's life that she claims not to remember. Following the death of her father, she moved back to New York state to live with her grandparents in their small suburban home.
It was during this period that Ball's passion for acting and theater began. Inspired by the biggest theatrical idols of her day, Lucille would attend plays and shows with her grandmother. She was encouraged by her grandmother to foster her interests and talents, and took part in acting and stage shows from an early age, racking up experience before many even discover their passions.
Another key turning point in Lucille Ball's career came during her time as a student at the John Murray Anderson School for Dramatic Arts. After taking part in a school performance, she was informed that she would never be a success by one of her teachers. The rejection gave Ball a key outlet for her frustration, and she vowed that she would become a successful personality entirely by herself.