Lucille Ball was an American comedian, model, film and television actress and studio executive. She was star of the sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy and Life with Lucy, and was one of the most popular and influential stars in the United States during her lifetime. Ball had one of Hollywood's longest careers, especially on television. In the 1930s and 1940s she started as an RKO girl, doing bit roles as a chorus girl or as such parts, and she became a television star during the 1950s. She continued making films in the 1960s and 1970s.