Lucille Ball

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Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an American actress, comedian, model, film studio executive and producer. She was best known as the star of the self produced sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy and Life with Lucy. 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 names Diane Belmont and 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. In the midst of her work as a contract player for RKO, Ball met Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz, and the two eloped in November 1940. In the 1950s, Ball ventured into television. In 1951, she and Arnaz created the sitcom I Love Lucy, a series that would go on to become one o... More

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Lucille Ball #Age

Photo of Lucille Ball The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.
Lucille Ball #Business

Photo of Lucille Ball 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.
Lucille Ball #Failure

Photo of Lucille Ball I hate failure and that divorce was a Number One failure in my eyes. It was the worst period of my life. Neither Desi nor I have been the same since, physically or mentally.
Lucille Ball #Faith #Learning #Life

Photo of Lucille Ball 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.
Lucille Ball #Funny

Photo of Lucille Ball I'm not funny. What I am is brave.
Lucille Ball #Good #Wisdom

Photo of Lucille Ball In life, all good things come hard, but wisdom is the hardest to come by.
Lucille Ball #Life #Love

Photo of Lucille Ball Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall madly in love with a gorgeous redhead.
Lucille Ball #Love

Photo of Lucille Ball Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.
Lucille Ball #Love

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

Photo of Lucille Ball I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done.
Lucille Ball #Women

Photo of Lucille Ball Women's Lib? Oh, I'm afraid it doesn't interest me one bit. I've been so liberated it hurts.
Lucille Ball #Work

Photo of Lucille Ball I am a real ham. I love an audience. I work better with an audience. I am dead, in fact, without one.
Lucille Ball #Work

Photo of Lucille Ball Luck? 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.
Lucille Ball #Love #Religion

Photo of Lucille Ball I have an everyday religion that works for me. Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line.
Lucille Ball #Funny #Home

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