After uncredited roles in Moulin Rouge (1934) and Top Hat (1935), Ball moved up to featured billing in Follow the Fleet (1936) and Stage Door (1937). But true stardom eluded her until 1951 when the fledgling television medium came calling with a comedy series. Dubbed "I Love Lucy," the show was a runaway hit, turning Ball into a megastar and earning her two Emmys.
Ball remained a TV staple into the '70s with two more successful sitcoms, occasionally venturing back to films (Critic's Choice in 1963 and Yours, Mine and Ours in 1968). Ball continued to make TV appearances almost until her death April 26, 1989.