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Quotes by Lucille Ball

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Wikipedia Summary for Lucille Ball

Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an American actress, comedian, model, studio executive, and producer. As one of Hollywood's greatest icons, and arguably the most iconic female entertainer of all time, she was the star and producer of sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, and Here's Lucy, as well as comedy television specials aired under the title The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour. She was also the first female head of a major Hollywood studio, Desilu Productions, which she also owned.

Ball's career began in 1929 when she landed work as a model. Shortly thereafter, she began her performing career on Broadway using the stage name Diane (or Dianne) Belmont. She later appeared in several minor film roles in the 1930s and 1940s as a contract player for RKO Radio Pictures, being cast as a chorus girl or in similar roles. During this time, she met Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz, and the two eloped in November 1940. In the 1950s, Ball ventured into television. In 1951, Arnaz and she created the sitcom I Love Lucy, a series that became one of the most beloved programs in television history. The same year, Ball gave birth to their first child, Lucie Arnaz, followed by Desi Arnaz Jr. in 1953. Ball and Arnaz divorced in May 1960, and she married comedian Gary Morton in 1961.

Following the end of I Love Lucy, Ball produced and starred in the Broadway musical Wildcat from 1960 to 1961. The show received lukewarm reviews and had to be closed when Ball became ill for several weeks. After Wildcat, Ball reunited with I Love Lucy co-star Vivian Vance for The Lucy Show, which Vance left in 1965. The show continued, with Ball's longtime friend and series regular Gale Gordon, until 1968. Ball immediately began appearing in a new series, Here's Lucy, with Gordon, frequent show guest Mary Jane Croft, and Lucie and Desi Jr.; this program ran until 1974.

In 1962, Ball became the first woman to run a major television studio, Desilu Productions, which produced many popular television series, including Mission: Impossible and Star Trek. Ball did not retire from acting completely, and in 1985, she took on a dramatic role in the television film Stone Pillow. The next year, she starred in Life with Lucy, which was, unlike her other sitcoms, not well-received; the show was cancelled after three months. She appeared in film and television roles for the rest of her career until her death in April 1989 from an abdominal aortic aneurysm at the age of 77.

Ball was nominated for 13 Primetime Emmy Awards, winning four times. In 1960, she received two stars for her work in film and television on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1977, Ball was among the first recipients of the Women in Film Crystal Award. She was also the recipient of the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1979, was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1984, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center Honors in 1986, and the Governors Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 1989.

Quote: In life, all good things come hard, but wisdom is the hardest to come by. by author Lucille Ball overlaid on photo of red tulip in bloom close up photo
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In life, all good things come hard, but wisdom is the hardest to come by.


Quote: I believe a woman's place is in the home or anyway in some cosy nightclub. by author Lucille Ball overlaid on photo of photo of author Lucille Ball with quote

I believe a woman's place is in the home or anyway in some cosy nightclub.


Quote: My mother told me always to count to ten. And if that doesn't do the trick, start over again. by author Lucille Ball overlaid on photo of photo of author Lucille Ball with quote

My mother told me always to count to ten. And if that doesn't do the trick, start over again.


Quote: Grandpa got us up early, otherwise we might miss something. Sunsets, he loved 'em. Made us love 'em. by author Lucille Ball overlaid on photo of photo of author Lucille Ball with quote

Grandpa got us up early, otherwise we might miss something. Sunsets, he loved 'em. Made us love 'em.


Quote: How to do half-hour comedy innovatively is something I do pride myself on. We invented it with 'I Love Lucy.' by author Lucille Ball overlaid on photo of photo of author Lucille Ball with quote

How to do half-hour comedy innovatively is something I do pride myself on. We invented it with 'I Love Lucy.'


Quote: I was shy for several years in my early days in Hollywood until I figured out that no one really gave a damn if I was shy or not, and I got over my shyness. by author Lucille Ball overlaid on photo of photo of author Lucille Ball with quote

I was shy for several years in my early days in Hollywood until I figured out that no one really gave a damn if I was shy or not, and I got over my shyness.


Quote: Television is the quickest form of recognition in the world. by author Lucille Ball overlaid on photo of photo of author Lucille Ball with quote

Television is the quickest form of recognition in the world.


Quote: There's a great deal of difference between temperament and temper. Temperament is something you welcome creatively, for it is based on sensitivity, empathy, awareness ... but a bad temper takes too much out of you and doesn't really accomplish anything. by author Lucille Ball overlaid on photo of photo of author Lucille Ball with quote

There's a great deal of difference between temperament and temper. Temperament is something you welcome creatively, for it is based on sensitivity, empathy, awareness ... but a bad temper takes too much out of you and doesn't really accomplish anything.






Quote: My ideal of womanhood has always been the pioneer woman who fought and worked at her husband's side. She bore the children, kept the home fires burning; she was the hub of the family, the planner and the dreamer. by author Lucille Ball overlaid on photo of photo of author Lucille Ball with quote

My ideal of womanhood has always been the pioneer woman who fought and worked at her husband's side. She bore the children, kept the home fires burning; she was the hub of the family, the planner and the dreamer.


Quote: I would rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not. by author Lucille Ball overlaid on photo of photo of author Lucille Ball with quote

I would rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not.


Quote: Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself. by author Lucille Ball overlaid on photo of photo of author Lucille Ball with quote

Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.


Quote: I am not funny. The writers were funny. My directors were funny. The situations were funny… What I am is brave. I have never been scared. Not when I did movies, certainly not when I was a model and not when I did I Love Lucy. by author Lucille Ball overlaid on photo of photo of author Lucille Ball with quote

I am not funny. The writers were funny. My directors were funny. The situations were funny… What I am is brave. I have never been scared. Not when I did movies, certainly not when I was a model and not when I did I Love Lucy.


Quote: 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 your faith in yourself. by author Lucille Ball overlaid on photo of photo of author Lucille Ball with quote

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 your faith in yourself.


Quote: I'm sometimes scared of everything that has happened to us. We didn't think Desilu Productions would grow so big. We merely wanted to be together and have two children. by author Lucille Ball overlaid on photo of photo of author Lucille Ball with quote

I'm sometimes scared of everything that has happened to us. We didn't think Desilu Productions would grow so big. We merely wanted to be together and have two children.


Quote: I am a real ham. I love an audience. I work better with an audience. I am dead, in fact, without one. by author Lucille Ball overlaid on photo of photo of author Lucille Ball with quote

I am a real ham. I love an audience. I work better with an audience. I am dead, in fact, without one.


Quote: If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do. by author Lucille Ball overlaid on photo of photo of author Lucille Ball with quote

If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do. Lucille Ball

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Quote: A man who correctly guesses a woman's age may be smart, but he's not very bright. by author Lucille Ball overlaid on photo of photo of author Lucille Ball with quote

A man who correctly guesses a woman's age may be smart, but he's not very bright.


Quote: TV started for me just as a means of keeping my husband Desi off the road. He'd been on tour with his band since he got out of the Army, and we were in our 11th year of marriage and wanted to have children. by author Lucille Ball overlaid on photo of photo of author Lucille Ball with quote

TV started for me just as a means of keeping my husband Desi off the road. He'd been on tour with his band since he got out of the Army, and we were in our 11th year of marriage and wanted to have children.


Quote: 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. by author Lucille Ball overlaid on photo of photo of author Lucille Ball with quote

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.


Quote: How I Love Lucy was born? We decided that instead of divorce lawyers profiting from our mistakes, we'd profit from them. by author Lucille Ball overlaid on photo of photo of author Lucille Ball with quote

How I Love Lucy was born? We decided that instead of divorce lawyers profiting from our mistakes, we'd profit from them.


Quote: I have an everyday religion that works for me. Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line. by author Lucille Ball overlaid on photo of photo of author Lucille Ball with quote

I have an everyday religion that works for me. Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line.


Quote: It's a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy. by author Lucille Ball overlaid on photo of photo of author Lucille Ball with quote

It's a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.


Quote: I will never do another TV series. It couldn't top I Love Lucy, and I'd be foolish to try. In this business, you have to know when to get off. by author Lucille Ball overlaid on photo of photo of author Lucille Ball with quote

I will never do another TV series. It couldn't top I Love Lucy, and I'd be foolish to try. In this business, you have to know when to get off.


Quote: You see much more of your children once they leave home. by author Lucille Ball overlaid on photo of photo of author Lucille Ball with quote

You see much more of your children once they leave home.


Quote: Women's Lib? Oh, I'm afraid it doesn't interest me one bit. I've been so liberated it hurts. by author Lucille Ball overlaid on photo of photo of author Lucille Ball with quote

Women's Lib? Oh, I'm afraid it doesn't interest me one bit. I've been so liberated it hurts.


Quote: The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age. by author Lucille Ball overlaid on photo of photo of author Lucille Ball with quote

The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.


Quote: Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall madly in love with a gorgeous redhead. by author Lucille Ball overlaid on photo of photo of author Lucille Ball with quote

Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall madly in love with a gorgeous redhead.


Quote: Use a make-up table with everything close at hand and don't rush; otherwise you'll look like a patchwork quilt. by author Lucille Ball overlaid on photo of photo of author Lucille Ball with quote

Use a make-up table with everything close at hand and don't rush; otherwise you'll look like a patchwork quilt.


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