Lucille Ball

as Dorothy 'Dot'/'Spindle' Duncan in the movie A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob

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Real name is Lucille Désirée Ball
Also known as Technicolor TessieQueen of the B movies (during the 1940s)The First Lady of TelevisionLucyThe Queen of Comedy
Was born at 6 August 1911 in Jamestown, New York, USA . Died at 26 April 1989, Beverly Hills, California, USA (acute aortic aneurysm)

The woman who will always be remembered as the crazy, accident-prone,lovable Lucy Ricardo was born Lucille Desiree Ball on August 6, 1911 inJamestown, New York. Her father died before she was four, and hermother worked several jobs, so she and her younger brother were raisedby their grandparents. Always willing to take responsibility for herbrother and young cousins, she was a restless teenager who yearned to"make some noise". She entered a dramatic school in New York City, butwhile her classmate 'Bette Davis' received all the raves, she wassent home; "too shy".

She found some work modeling for'Hattie Carnegie' 's and, in 1933, she was chosen to be a "GoldwynGirl" and appear in the film Roman Scandals (1933) . She was put under contract to RKO Radio Pictures and several smallroles, including one in Top Hat (1935) , followed. Eventually,she received starring roles in B-pictures and, occasionally, a goodrole in an A-picture, like in Stage Door (1937) or The Big Street (1942) . While filming Too Many Girls (1940) , she met and fell madly in love with ayoung Cuban actor-musician named 'Desi Arnaz' . Despite differentpersonalities, lifestyles, religions and ages (he was six yearsyounger), he fell hard, too, and after a passionate romance, theyeloped and were married in November 1940.

Lucy soon switched toMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer, where she got better roles in films such as Du Barry Was a Lady (1943) ; Best Foot Forward (1943) andthe 'Katharine Hepburn' -'Spencer Tracy (I)' vehicle Without Love (1945) . In 1948, she took a starring role in theradio comedy "My Favorite Husband", in which she played thescatterbrained wife of a Midwestern banker. In 1950, CBS came knockingwith the offer of turning it into a television series. After convincingthe network brass to let Desi play her husband and to sign over therights to and creative control over the series to them, work began onthe most popular and universally beloved sitcom of all time. With "I Love Lucy" (1951) , she and Dezi pioneered the 3-cameratechnique now the standard in filming sitcoms, and the concept ofsyndicating television programs.

She was also the first woman to ownher own studio as the head of Desilu Productions. Lucille Ball died athome, age 77, of an acute aortic aneurysm on April 26, 1989 in BeverlyHills, California. .

There is some small facts about Lucille Ball:
  • Received the Women's International Center (WIC) Living Legacy Award posthumously in 1990.
  • Originally interred at Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, California, USA, Columbarium of Radiant Dawn, Court of Remembrance. In 2003, she was re-interred in the Ball family plot in Lake View Cemetery, Jamestown, New York.
  • A comment from a member of the preview audience of Follow the Fleet (1936) about bit-player Ball: "You might give the tall gum chewing blonde more parts and see if she can't make the grade - a good gamble."
  • Ball and 'Barbara Pepper' met early in their careers when they were both "Goldwyn Girls" and remained lifelong friends.
  • Mother of 'Lucie Arnaz' and 'Desi Arnaz Jr.' .
  • During a 'Barbara Walters' interview, 'Jane Fonda' claimed that her father, 'Henry Fonda' , was deeply in love with 'Lucille Ball' and that the two were "very close" during the filming of Yours, Mine and Ours (1968) .
  • Was the first woman to own her own film studio as the head of Desilu Productions.
  • Was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 6436 Hollywood Boulevard; and for Television at 6100 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
  • She signed her first promotional agreement with 'Max Factor' in 1935 and again in 1942. Of all the stars, she had the longest association with the Max Factor company.
  • Once registered as a voter for the Communist party as a favor to her grandfather Frederick Charles Hunt (July 24, 1865-January 9, 1944).
  • Lucy and her son, 'Desi Arnaz Jr.' , appeared together on the very first cover of "TV Guide" magazine in 1953.
  • Died the morning of April 26, 1989, the fifty-sixth birthday of her friend 'Carol Burnett' . That afternoon Burnett received the flowers that Ball had ordered for her birthday.
  • During the 1933 filming of Roman Scandals (1933) , young Lucille Ball, portraying a slave girl, needed to have her eyebrows entirely shaved off. They never grew back.
  • Before her movie career, Lucille was a model at 'Hattie Carnegie' 's in New York. She mainly modeled heavy fur coats, because she was startlingly thin as a young lady.
  • Lucy and 'Desi Arnaz' began "I Love Lucy" (1951) in the hopes of saving their crumbling marriage.
  • She was fired from working at an ice cream store because she kept forgetting to put bananas in banana splits.
  • She put her Chesterfield cigarettes in a Philip Morris package to please her sponsor (of the "I Love Lucy" (1951) show).
  • TV Guide picked her as the greatest TV star of all time.
  • Was one of the 20 original "Goldwyn Girls", along with 'Virginia Bruce' ; 'Ann Dvorak' ; 'Paulette Goddard' and 'Betty Grable' .
  • Born at 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time zone.
  • Second cousin of actress 'Suzan Ball' .
  • For many years during their marriage, Lucy and 'Desi Arnaz' hid the fact that she was six years older than he by splitting the difference in their ages. She (born in 1911) said she was born in 1914 and he (born in 1917) also said he was born in 1914.
  • Was known for a while as Dianne Belmont back when she was a model.
  • Pictured on a 34¢ USA commemorative postage stamp in the Legends of Hollywood series, issued 6 August 2001.
  • Inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 2002.
  • Her favorite movie she made was The Big Street (1942) . Up to her dying day, she resented AMPAS for not recognizing her performance in the movie by including her for an Academy Award nomination.
  • One of her last television appearances was in 1989 on the 62nd Academy Awards, with 'Bob Hope (I)' , announcing the nominations and winner of Best Picture.
  • Stricken by rheumatoid arthritis early in her modeling career and spent 2 years re-learning how to walk.
  • (3 March 1960) Filed for a divorce from husband 'Desi Arnaz' , the day following the last day of filming "The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour" (1957) .
  • Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. pg. 35-37. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387.
  • Felt that she did not deserve the title of "Queen of Comedy" and felt that it belonged to her idol, 'Carole Lombard (I)' .
  • While still contemplating whether to do the "I Love Lucy" (1951) shows, she claimed that in her dream, 'Carole Lombard (I)' came to her and told her to "Give it a whirl".
  • Was 'Frank Sinatra' 's first choice for the role of 'Laurence Harvey (I)' 's mother in The Manchurian Candidate (1962) . He was only dissuaded when 'John Frankenheimer' took him to see 'Angela Lansbury' in a play.
  • Disliked any false form of a bird, she preferred to see them in person so she banned all pictures of birds from her house and any hotel room she was staying in.
  • Had a superstition about the letters A and R, which is why her character was named Lucy RicARdo in "I Love Lucy" (1951) ; Lucy CARmichael in "The Lucy Show" (1962) ; Lucy CARter in "Here's Lucy" (1968) and Lucy BARker in "Life with Lucy" (1986) (she was also married to 'Desi ARnaz'). She believed she didn't have luck in her career until she changed her name to Arnaz.
  • First cousin of 'Cleo Morgan' , though they were raised as sisters.
  • Related by marriage to 'Sid Gould (I)' .
  • Related by marriage to 'Vanda Barra' .
  • Was of Irish, Scottish, French, and English descent.
  • Suffered three miscarriages with husband 'Desi Arnaz' . First miscarriage was in 1942. Second miscarriage was in 1949. Third and last miscarriage was in 1950.
  • Comedian 'John Belushi' was a fan of her and knew every detail of her life and career.
  • She was proud of her family and heritage. Her genealogy can be traced back to the earliest settlers in the colonies. One direct ancestor, William Sprague (1609-1675), left England on the ship "Lyon's Whelp" for Plymouth/Salem, Massachusetts. They were from Upwey, Dorsetshire, England. William, along with his 2 brothers, helped to found the city of Charlestown, Massachusetts. Other Sprague relatives became soldiers in the Revolutionary War and 2 of them became governors of the state of Rhode Island.
  • Lucy and 'Desi Arnaz' were married a second time in 1946 in a church because his mother believed that the reason they didn't have children yet was because they were never married in the Catholic Church.
  • Lucy and 'Desi Arnaz' were married at the Byram River Beagle Club in Connecticut in 1940.
  • Lucy filed for divorce from 'Desi Arnaz' in the 1940s, but didn't go through with it because they reconciled.
  • Not long after the Arnazes bought their house on 1000 North Roxbury Drive in Beverly Hills, California, it was first featured in episode, "I Love Lucy" (1951) {The Tour (#4.30)} . 'Richard Widmark' guest-starred and she climbs over the fence to pick a grapefruit, from his backyard.
  • She named herself Diane Belmont after the Belmont racetrack in New York.
  • The day she first met 'Desi Arnaz' , she had a black eye and a torn dress from filming a fight scene for Dance, Girl, Dance (1940) and he didn't find her at all attractive until they met again later in the day when she had changed into her own clothes and makeup. His oft-quoted first impression of her extraordinary beauty was "That's a hunk o' woman".
  • The original Desilu was her and 'Desi Arnaz' 's ranch in Chatsworth, California. They used the same method of naming it that 'Douglas Fairbanks (I)' and 'Mary Pickford' 's did when they named their estate "Pickfair".
  • Was once known as the "Chesterfield Girl" because she was the spokesmodel for Chesterfield cigarettes.
  • Was tutored in comedy by 'Buster Keaton (I)' .
  • When they were first married in 1940, 'Desi Arnaz' had to give Lucy a ring from a drugstore because all jewelry stores were closed. She wore it for the rest of their marriage.
  • Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 63-66. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
  • Her younger brother, 'Fred Ball (II)' (1915-2007), moved from their hometown of Jamestown, New York, to join Lucy in Hollywood in the 1930s. Fred often accompanied 'Desi Arnaz' 's band on tour during the 1940s and 1950s, and was also on the Board of Directors of Desilu Productions. In later years, Fred and his wife Zo operated a motel in Cottonwood, Arizona, where he died. Fred also shared the same birthday as his niece 'Lucie Arnaz' .
  • In Italy, her films were often dubbed by 'Lidia Simoneschi' or 'Wanda Tettoni' , notably in the hilarious The Long, Long Trailer (1953) . She was occasionally dubbed by 'Rosetta Calavetta' , 'Dhia Cristiani' , 'Rina Morelli' and 'Renata Marini' (in Stage Door (1937) ).
  • Was in frail health following a heart attack in May 1988.
  • In 1966, it was reported in an annual stockholder's meeting that her salary as President of Desilu Productions (1962-1967) was $100,000. Her acting fees for 1966 were $130,172.
  • In 1968, she was reported to be the richest woman in television, having earned an estimated $30 million.
  • In 1962, she purchased 'Desi Arnaz' 's holdings in Desilu holdings for $3 million, as he wanted to retire to his horse ranch in Corona, California, and lead a more stress-free life.
  • In July 1967, she sold Desilu Productions, consisting of 36 sound stages, 2000 employees and 62 acres adjacent to Paramount, to Gulf + Western Industries for $17 million. She received $10 million in Gulf + Western stock for her 60% of Desilu, the remaining $7 million being distributed to 3878 stockholders.
  • Profiled in "Killer Tomatoes: Fifteen Tough Film Dames" by Ray Hagen and Laura Wagner (McFarland, 2004).
  • When her subsequent series "The Lucy Show" (1962) and "Here's Lucy" (1968) became popular, 'Jess Oppenheimer' , a co-creator of "I Love Lucy" (1951) alleged that her character Lucy Carmichael/Carter was in fact Lucy Ricardo re-named and threatened to sue. Rather than go to court, she settled for $220,000.
  • Her 1960 divorce from 'Desi Arnaz' was quite amicable. They divided their $20 million television empire equally, each retaining 25% Desilu stock (282,800 shares), she got the homes in Beverly Hills and Rancho Mirage, and Desi got the beach house in Del Mar, California and his Horse Ranch in Corona, California. In addition, they agreed to joint custody of their children with him paying $450/month child support.
  • In 1958, in order to raise funds for their various investments, she and 'Desi Arnaz' took Desilu public on the NYSE at $10 per share. She and Desi each retained 25% of the company, while each selling 25%. She took her $2,500,000 windfall, paid $600,000 in capital gains taxes and, always frugal, invested the remainder into bonds and securities.
  • When she and 'Desi Arnaz' moved to 1000 North Roxbury Drive in Beverly Hills, Caliifornia, 'Jack Benny' , was their next-door neighbor, residing at 1002 North Roxbury Drive.
  • Was offered the role of Angel in The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) , but was forced to turn it down due to pregnancy. 'Gloria Grahame' was later cast instead.
  • Appears on a 44¢ USA commemorative postage stamp in the Early Television Memories issue with 'Vivian Vance' , as Lucy Ricardo and Ethel Mertz, in a scene from "I Love Lucy" (1951) {Job Switching (#2.1)} . The stamp was issued 11 August 2009.
  • Was good friends with 6 other actresses. They are 'Mary Jane Croft' , 'Carole Lombard (I)' , 'Ginger Rogers' , 'Ann Sothern' , 'Vivian Vance' , and 'Mary Wickes' . Among them, only Croft and Sothern were biological mothers. Wickes never married and was always listed as single.
  • Became very good friends with 'Maureen O'Hara (I)' during the making of Dance, Girl, Dance (1940) and continued being friends until Ball's death. O'Hara was with Lucille when Lucille first met her first husband, 'Desi Arnaz' .
  • Profiled in a book, "Funny Ladies", written by 'Stephen M. Silverman' in 1999, titled Funny Ladies: 100 Years of Great Comediannes.
  • Though starring in many successful 1940s musical comedies for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, her contract allowed her to honor her prior commitments. She starred in two film classics, The Dark Corner (1946) for 20th Century Fox and the independently produced Lured (1947) .
  • Lucy launched the movie producer career of David Winters, one of the stars of West Side Story, whose first producer job was to co-produce and choreographed her television special Lucy in London (1966) (TV) .
  • There are 2 stamps with 'Lucille Ball' on them. A 34 cent stamp, in 2001 and a 44 cent stamp, in 2009.
  • Lucille suffered from ornithophobia, the fear of birds.
  • Lucille Ball had an East bungalow office suite adjacent the main Desilu Production offices located on Gower Street, (main reception entrance on Gower Street). Cleo Morgan, Lucille's first cousin, was Lucille's secretary, scheduling meetings, dealing with clients and agents for the Desilu CEO Lucille Ball. Cleo remained with the Desilu management team the entire period of operation. Bud Brooks was in charge of the Desilu Production Art department, located in the top floor of the main entrance building.
  • In the early part of her career, Ball said she was born in Butte, Montana, where her father died. Because of that she was nicknamed 'Montana.'.
  • It was at the urging of "Roman Scandals" dance director Busby Berkely that Sam Goldwyn had Ball put under contract. The producer initially nixed the idea.
  • She used the name of Diane Belmont while modeling professionally.
  • Gave birth to her first child, Lucie Desiree Arnaz at age 39, July 17, 1951.
  • Gave birth to her second child, Desiderio Alberto Arnaz IV at age 41, January 19, 1953.
  • Was a Girl Scout.
  • Was the mentor of her protégé 'Carole Cook' .
  • Best remembered by the public for her starring roles as the title characters in each of her 3 series: "I Love Lucy" (1951) , "The Lucy Show" (1962) and "Here's Lucy" (1968) .
  • Was an acting mentor to Actress and Comedian 'Ruth Buzzi' and 'Carol Burnett' .
  • Her acting mentors were Comedians 'Buster Keaton (I)' and 'Red Skelton' .
  • She discovered actor and dancer 'Ken Berry (I)' .
  • Delivered her children Lucie and Desi via Caesarean section.
Also look some video clip about Lucille Ball:
There is the list of movies, where Lucille Ball was taked part:
1 A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob movie A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob 1941 as Dorothy 'Dot'/'Spindle' Duncan
2 A Night at the Biltmore Bowl movie A Night at the Biltmore Bowl 1935 as Lucille Ball
3 A Woman of Distinction movie A Woman of Distinction 1950 as Lucille Ball - Cameo Appearance
4 All-Star Party for Carol Burnett movie All-Star Party for Carol Burnett 1982 as Herself
5 Barbara Walters: 20 Years at ABC movie Barbara Walters: 20 Years at ABC 1996 as Herself
6 Bob Hope Salutes the U.S.A.F. 40th Anniversary movie Bob Hope Salutes the U.S.A.F. 40th Anniversary 1987 as Herself
7 Bob Hopes High-Flying Birthday movie Bob Hopes High-Flying Birthday 1986 as Herself
8 Bob Hopes Love Affair with Lucy movie Bob Hopes Love Affair with Lucy 1989 as Herself
9 Bob Hopes Overseas Christmas Tours: Around the World with the Troops - 1941-1972 movie Bob Hopes Overseas Christmas Tours: Around the World with the Troops - 1941-1972 1980 as Herself
10 Broadway Bill movie Broadway Bill 1934 as Blonde Telephone Operator
11 Carol Burnett: The Special Years movie Carol Burnett: The Special Years 1994 as Herself
12 Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood movie Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood 1987 as Herself
13 Heres Harry: Remembering Gale Gordon movie Heres Harry: Remembering Gale Gordon 2011 as On set footage & outtakes/Clips from 'Here's Lucy'
14 Hollywood Bound movie Hollywood Bound 1947 as Edited from: A Night at the Biltmore Bowl
15 I Love Lucy Christmas Show movie I Love Lucy Christmas Show 1956 as Lucy Ricardo
16 Inside TV Land: Style and Fashion movie Inside TV Land: Style and Fashion 2003 as Herself
17 Lucy Calls the President movie Lucy Calls the President 1977 as Lucy Whittaker
18 Lucy Comes to Nashville movie Lucy Comes to Nashville 1978 as Herself - Host
19 Lucy Moves to NBC: A Remembrance movie Lucy Moves to NBC: A Remembrance 2012 as On set footage/Outtakes & clips from 'Lucy Moves to NBC'
20 Lucys Really Lost Moments movie Lucys Really Lost Moments 1956 as Lucy Ricardo
21 Magnavox Presents Frank Sinatra movie Magnavox Presents Frank Sinatra 1973 as Herself - Audience Member
22 Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration movie Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration 2015 as Lucy Ricardo/I Love Lucy
23 Meet the Stars #6: Stars at Play movie Meet the Stars #6: Stars at Play 1941 as Herself
24 Murder at the Vanities movie Murder at the Vanities 1934 as Earl Carroll Girl
25 Next Time I Marry movie Next Time I Marry 1938 as Nancy Crocker Fleming
26 Screen Snapshots Series 18, No. 1 movie Screen Snapshots Series 18, No. 1 1938 as Herself
27 Swing Out, Sweet Land movie Swing Out, Sweet Land 1970 as Statue of Liberty
28 The 14th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards movie The 14th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1962 as Herself - Presenter
29 The 23rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards movie The 23rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1971 as Herself - Presenter: Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Comedy and Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Comedy
30 The 24th Annual Academy Awards movie The 24th Annual Academy Awards 1952 as Herself - Presenter: Best Short Subjects
31 The 2nd TV Academy Hall of Fame movie The 2nd TV Academy Hall of Fame 1985 as Herself
32 The 36th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards movie The 36th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1984 as Herself - Presenter
33 The 5th Annual TV Land Awards movie The 5th Annual TV Land Awards 2007 as Herself - Winner ("The Legacy of Laughter")
34 The Affairs of Cellini movie The Affairs of Cellini 1934 as Lady-in-Waiting
35 The American Film Institute Salute to Henry Fonda movie The American Film Institute Salute to Henry Fonda 1978 as Herself
36 The American Film Institute Salute to Jack Lemmon movie The American Film Institute Salute to Jack Lemmon 1988 as Herself
37 The Annual Friars Club Tribute Present a Salute to Liza Minnelli movie The Annual Friars Club Tribute Present a Salute to Liza Minnelli 1987 as Herself
38 The Annual Friars Club Tribute Presents a Salute to Johnny Carson movie The Annual Friars Club Tribute Presents a Salute to Johnny Carson 1979 as Herself
39 The Carol Burnett Show: A Reunion movie The Carol Burnett Show: A Reunion 1993 as Herself
40 The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Lucille Ball movie The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Lucille Ball 1975 as Herself - Woman of the Hour
There is the list of interview of Lucille Ball:
  • "Silver Screen" (USA), January 1949, Vol. 19, Iss. 3, pg. 24-25+56-57, by: Jack Holland, "Here's a Girl Who Knows the Answers"
There is the list of some articles of Lucille Ball:
  • "National Examiner" (USA), 20 April 2015, Vol. 52, Iss. 16, pg. 10-11, by: not credited, "Behind-the-scenes secrets of I LOVE LUCY! - Fun facts about the memorable candy and grape-stomping scenes. Plus who really hated who"
  • "Parade" (USA), 31 July 2011, pg. 4, by: Brooke Hauser, "We Still Love Lucy"
  • "The Daily Telegraph" (UK), 16 July 2010, Iss. 48,248, pg. 17, by: Nick Allen, "Family of I Love Lucy star fights to stop auction 'prostituting' her legacy"
  • "The New York Times" (USA), 2 July 2006, pg. 24, by: Frank DeCaro, "'Arts & Leisure': Lucy's Swan Song, Complete With Chickens - The final season of 'I Love Lucy' comes to stores. Remember the blouse full of eggs?"
  • "The Washington Post" (USA), 12 August 2005, by: David Bauder, "Lucille Ball Tops List of Dead Celebs"
  • "TV Guide" (USA), 6 July 2002, Vol. 50, Iss. 27, pg. 28-29, by: Joe Rhodes, "They Love Lucy"
  • "TV Guide" (USA), 13 October 2001, Vol. 49, Iss. 41, pg. 30-32, by: Lee Tannen, "The Comeback"
  • "Modern Maturity" (USA), September 2001, Vol. 44w, Iss. 5, pg. 46-49, 51-52, by: Molly Haskell, "50 years and millions of reruns later, why does America still love Lucy?"
  • "Readers Digest" (USA.), March 1990, pg. 72-77, by: Bob Hope, "Unforgettable Lucy!"
  • "McCall's" (USA), June 1973, Vol. 100, Iss. 9, pg. 72-73+134-137, by: Lee Israel, "Everybody Still Loves Lucy"
  • "Films in Review" (USA), 1 June 1971, Vol. XXII, Iss. 6, pg. 64, by: Ronald L. Bowers, "Lucille Ball"
  • "Movies Today" (USA), April 1963, pg. 5, by: anonymous, "Hollywood Parade. Lucille Ball (with hubby Gary Morton) was among the first to congratulate Desi Arnaz on his recent marriage to Edie Hirsch"
  • "Picturegoer" (UK), 28 February 1959, Vol. 37, Iss. 1243, pg. 14, by: Arlene Dahl, "Let's be beautiful : Lucy's hair problem"
There is the list of some printed articles of Lucille Désirée Ball:
  • "Celebrity Sleuth" (USA), 1990, Vol. 3, Iss. 3, pg. 4-7, by: staff, "The First Lady Of Television"
  • "Ciné-Revue" (Belgium), 28 June 1962, Vol. 42, Iss. 26, pg. 31, by: F. Dhont and Joan Mac Trevor, "Reflets de l'actualité hebdomadaire"
  • "Yank" (USA), 23 March 1945
The image of Lucille Désirée Ball was on the covers of these magazines:
  • "TV Guide" (USA), 13 October 2001, Vol. 49, Iss. 41
  • "Modern Maturity" (USA), September 2001, Vol. 44w, Iss. 5
  • "TV Guide" (USA), 23 January 1999
  • "People Weekly" (USA), 12 February 1996
  • "People Weekly" (USA), 18 February 1991
  • "People Weekly" (USA), 14 August 1989
  • "People Weekly" (USA), 8 May 1989
  • "People Weekly" (USA), 1 September 1986
  • "People Weekly" (USA), 4 March 1985
  • "Veronica" (Netherlands), 21 December 1974, Iss. 51
  • "Films in Review" (USA), 1 June 1971, Vol. XXII, Iss. 6
  • "Young Miss" (USA), April 1969
  • "TV Guide" (USA), 30 March 1968
  • "TV Guide" (USA), 30 April 1966
  • "TV Guide" (USA), 28 August 1965
  • "TV Guide" (USA), 6 April 1963
  • "TV Guide" (USA), 29 September 1962
  • "Life" (USA), 5 January 1962, Vol. 52, Iss. 1
  • "TV Guide" (USA), 16 July 1960
  • "TV Guide" (USA), 12 July 1958
  • "TV Guide" (USA), 2 November 1957
  • "TV Guide" (USA), 12 January 1957
  • "TV Guide" (USA), 10 December 1955
  • "TV Guide" (USA), 9 October 1954
  • "TV Guide" (USA), 23 April 1954
  • "TV Guide" (USA), 17 July 1953
  • "TV Guide" (USA), 3 April 1953, Vol. 1, Iss. 1
  • "Cosmopolitan" (USA), January 1953, Vol. 134, Iss. 1
  • "Billboard" (USA), 2 July 1938
There is the list of some quotes of Lucille Ball:
  • I think knowing what you cannot do is more important than knowing what you can do. In fact, that's good taste.
  • One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn't pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore faith in yourself.
  • I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked on it, and I'm afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: hard work and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't.
  • The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.
  • I'm not funny. What I am is brave.
  • Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall madly in love with a gorgeous redhead.
  • I'd rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not.
  • A man who correctly guesses a woman's age may be smart, but he's not very bright.
  • In life, all good things come hard, but wisdom is the hardest to come by.
  • [About her meeting 'Desi Arnaz' for the first time]: It wasn't love at first sight. It took a full five minutes.
  • Desi ('Desi Arnaz' ) was the great love of my life. I will miss him until the day I die.
  • [About 'Edith Head' ]: Edie knew the truth about all of us. She knew who had flat fannies and who didn't -- but she never told.
  • [on 'Liza Minnelli' ] She's a great trouper, Liza, I wish I had her talent. If anybody's going to take over from me, it's her. She's got a mind like a trip hammer and huge vitality. She's great.
  • [on 'Bob Hope (I)' ] You spell 'Bob Hope (I)' C-L-A-S-S.
  • [on 'Audrey Hepburn (I)' ] She's a tomboy and a fine comedienne. You'd never think of her being able to do my type of comedy. But she can. She has great energy, frail as she looks. But, well, she's so beautiful, so ethereal, it would be sacrilege to put her through it.
  • You were taken in charge and trained. They have none of that today any place. I regret the passing of the studio system. I was very appreciative of it because I had no talent. Believe me. What could I do? I couldn't dance. I couldn't sing. I could talk. I could barely walk. I had no flair. I wasn't a beauty, that's for sure.
  • [on 'Julie Andrews (I)' ] I mean, you in Britain have some of the best comediennes. 'Julie Andrews (I)' is a comedienne -- oh yes she is!
  • [on 'Buster Keaton (I)' ] He taught me most of what I know about timing, how to fall and how to handle props and animals.
  • [Defending her "singing" performance in the film Mame (1974) ] Mame stayed up all night and drank champagne! What did you expect her to sound like? 'Julie Andrews (I)' ?
  • I have an everyday religion that works for me. Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line.
  • [About her friend 'Maureen O'Hara (I)' ] Maureen O'Hara is one of the people I love the most out all the people I know.
  • Give yourself first and everything else will fall into line.
  • [on 'Vivian Vance' ] I find that now I usually spend my time looking at Viv. Viv was sensational. And back then, there were things I had to do-I was in the projection room for some reason, and I just couldn't concentrate on it. But now I can. And I enjoy every move that Viv made. She was something.
  • Life takes guts.
  • I died my hair this crazy red to bid for attention. It has become a trademark and I've got to keep it this way.
  • [About her drama school experience in 1926] I was a tongue-tied teenager spellbound by the schools star pupil - Bette Davis.
  • I'm grateful for what motion pictures did for me even though, except for on or two pictures, I've never done any I liked.
  • [on 'Arnold Schwarzenegger' ] I take full credit for this man. He's going to become a big star.
  • [on Hollywood] When they say no, you hear yes. Someone says we can't do this movie, hug them and say thank you for believing in me.
  • In many ways, marrying Desi was one of the boldest things I ever did. I had always gone with older men. I had also achieved some kind of stability in Hollywood, and Desi with his beautiful girls and good times seemed headed in another direction.
  • Yet I sensed in Desi a great need. Beneath the dazzling charm was a homeless boy who had no one to care for him, worry about him, love him. And I wanted him and only him as the father of my children.
  • It's so hard to believe he is gone. I'm the only one left now. I remember the very last time I spoke with him. It was November 30th, our anniversary and he was in Del Mar with Lucie. He was very weak. Lucie held the phone up to his ear, and we said I love you over and over again to each other. On December 2nd, 1986 I was in the car coming home from taping an episode of Password when I heard Desi died. I could not stop crying. I felt lost, and like my own life had come to some kind of end. Lucie arranged the funeral and Danny Thomas gave the eulogy. It was funny and touching, but so very hard for me to sit through. With Desi's passing I lost my youth, my great success and the only man I ever wanted to be father of my children. Besides Dede, Fred & Cleo, he was the one person who had been in my life the longest and made the greatest impact. I didn't want to even consider what my life would've been without him.
  • I hate failure. And that divorce was the number one failure in my eyes. Desi and I have never been the same since.
  • If you don't believe he's a great producer, I got two little Arnaz's at home to prove it.
  • I knew there was nobody in the world for me but Desi. We may have our ups and downs just as many people have. I would rather quarrel and make up with him more than anyone else in the world.
  • [on Desi Arnaz] Life with Desi is crazy and exciting, but our love is deep and changeless.
  • I'm not sure that I want to be without some lack of confidence. If you are too sure of yourself, you don't grow. You may feel confident in some things, but other fields come up as a challenge. And if you don't anticipate trouble, you will be in trouble.
  • [on Desi Arnaz] He did make me happy, and I really want people to know that.
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