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Remembering Lucille Ball

LIFE.com released the best never-published photos of the legendary comedienne from the magazine's archivesin honor of her 100th birthday on Saturday, Aug. 6.

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Awaiting her break

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Sailors love Lucy

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Primping for the president

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Lucy and a fan

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Image: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz

Got some 'splainin' to do

Got some 'splainin' to do Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball strike familiar poses as they survey their new empire, the Desilu Studios, in 1958. The camera set-up behind them is actually one of Lucy and Desi's greatest innovations. When they started I Love Lucy in 1951, most TV shows were produced live in New York, captured on low-quality kinetoscopes, then re-aired on the West Coast. The Arnazes insisted on working in Hollywood and shooting their show in advance on film.
Leonard Mccombe / Life Magazine
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Image: FILE PHOTO: 100 Yrs Since The Birth Of Comedienne Lucille Ball

Born to be funny

1911: (FILE PHOTO) The Centenary of Comedienne Lucille Ball will be celebrated on Saturday, August 6, 2011 Please refer to the following profile on Getty Images Archival for further imagery. http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=104501199&EditorialProduct=Archival American actress Lucille Ball (1911 - 1989) as a baby, 1911. (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
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On the air

1938: (FILE PHOTO) The Centenary of Comedienne Lucille Ball will be celebrated on Saturday, August 6, 2011 Please refer to the following profile on Getty Images Archival for further imagery. http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=104501199&EditorialProduct=Archival American actress Lucille Ball (1911 - 1989) on the set of radio programme 'The Phil Baker Show', 1938. (Photo by Gene Lester/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
Gene Lester / Archive Photos
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Partners in life and work

1950: (FILE PHOTO) The Centenary of Comedienne Lucille Ball will be celebrated on Saturday, August 6, 2011 Please refer to the following profile on Getty Images Archival for further imagery. http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=104501199&EditorialProduct=Archival Actress Lucille Ball and her husband actor Desi Arnaz circa 1950's. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)
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Happy family

ROME - 1953: (FILE PHOTO) The Centenary of Comedienne Lucille Ball will be celebrated on Saturday, August 6, 2011 Please refer to the following profile on Getty Images Archival for further imagery. http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=104501199&EditorialProduct=Archival Actor Desi Arnaz (1917 - 1986) photographing Lucille Ball (1911 - 1989) hold their son Desi Jr., California, January 1953. (Photo by KM Archive/Getty Images)
Luciano Viti / Hulton Archive
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Classic pair

1952: (FILE PHOTO) The Centenary of Comedienne Lucille Ball will be celebrated on Saturday, August 6, 2011 Please refer to the following profile on Getty Images Archival for further imagery. http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=104501199&EditorialProduct=Archival I LOVE LUCY. Lucille Ball as Lucy Ricardo and Vivian Vance as Ethel Mertz in "Job Switching". Original airdate September 15, 1952, episode #39. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
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Iconic moment

1952: (FILE PHOTO) The Centenary of Comedienne Lucille Ball will be celebrated on Saturday, August 6, 2011 Please refer to the following profile on Getty Images Archival for further imagery. http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=104501199&EditorialProduct=Archival I LOVE LUCY. Amanda Milligan as Candy Dipper and Lucille Ball as Lucy Ricardo in "Job Switching". Original airdate September 15, 1952, episode #39. Copyright ©1952 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. Credit: CBS Photo Archive. Image is a framegrab. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
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City girl

NEW YORK - 1965: (FILE PHOTO) The Centenary of Comedienne Lucille Ball will be celebrated on Saturday, August 6, 2011 Please refer to the following profile on Getty Images Archival for further imagery. http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=104501199&EditorialProduct=Archival American actress Lucille Ball (1911 - 1989) in her apartment at the New York Hilton hotel, Manhattan, circa 1965. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)
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Mother and daughter

1965: (FILE PHOTO) The Centenary of Comedienne Lucille Ball will be celebrated on Saturday, August 6, 2011 Please refer to the following profile on Getty Images Archival for further imagery. http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=104501199&EditorialProduct=Archival Lucille Ball and her daughter Lucie Arnaz pose October 27, 1965. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
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Comedy legends

1965: (FILE PHOTO) The Centenary of Comedienne Lucille Ball will be celebrated on Saturday, August 6, 2011 Please refer to the following profile on Getty Images Archival for further imagery. http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=104501199&EditorialProduct=Archival American comedians Lucille Ball (1911 - 1989) and Buster Keaton (1895 - 1966) perform a sketch for the television show 'Salute to Stan Laurel', 1965. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
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