Lucille Ball

Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an American comedienne, film, television, stage and radio actress, model, film and television executive, and star of the sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show and Here's Lucy.

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Why is there so much smoking in "I Love Lucy"?

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Well, I Love Lucy was literally sponsored by Phillip Morris, a cigarette company. In fact, in the show’s earlier years, Phillip Morris was its only sponsor, and all of that smoking was product placement—and during commercial slots, outright advertisement from Lucy and Desi. I Love Lucy aired in the 1950s, a time when the tide hadn’t quite shifted when it came to attitudes toward smoking. Smoking prevalence only began decreasing in 1964 (seven years after I Love Lucy stopped airing) as the health risks became more apparent to the public. In 1970, cigarette advertisements were banned from radio and television altogether.
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Who was Band leader and actor was on TV in I Love Lucy?

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The Cuban band leader Ricky Ricardo, portrayed by Desi Arnaz
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How old was Little Ricky when Lucy died?

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Lucy's actual son, Desi Arnaz Jr, was 36 years old when Lucy died in 1989. The fictional character of Little Ricky was played by a number of different actors.

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