Her ancestors were mostly English, but a few were Scottish, French, and Irish.
Lucille Desiree Hunt was born Lucille Desiree Ball on August 6, 1911, in Celoron, outside Jamestown, New York, United States, to Henry Dunnell and Desiree (Hunt) Ball. Lucy's mother encouraged her daughter's penchant for the theater. Ball lost her father, a telephone lineman, when she was three years old. Ball was raised by her mother’s parents. Her mother was a pianist, which may have influenced her early interest in becoming a performer, and the actress later recalled that her favorite memories of childhood revolved around vaudeville shows, silent movies and school plays.