"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." Lucille Ball

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Happy Birthday Lucille Desiree Ball | August 6, 1911 - April 26, 1989

“She is one of the few individuals in history to be on a solely first name basis with the world: Marilyn, Elvis, Lucy. She was a national treasure. She remains a world icon, recognizable from Tallahassee to Timbuktu from Paduach to Peru. No other performer in any medium of either sex has inspired the devotion and generated the international love and appreciation that she has. Said one admirer: “Lucy…is a common denominator for nations, continents, and hemispheres, doing in entertainment what others have not accomplished in professional diplomacy.” - Women Pioneers in Television

"The sun never sets on Lucille Ball. All over this worried world tonight, nations of untold millions are watching reruns they also watched the first time around. Joy requires no translation. God wanted the world to laugh, and he invented you. Many were called, but you were chosen. All of the funny hats, the baggy pants, the mustaches and the wigs, and the pratfalls and and the blacked out teeth - they didn’t fool us one minute. We saw through all the disguises, and what we found inside is more than what we deserve." - Sammy Davis, Jr.

"She’s given the world so much darn enjoyment, Lucille Ball is the best loved star in show business." - Ed Sullivan

"One of the greatest gifts to mankind is laughter, and one of the greatest gifts to laughter is Lucille Ball. God has her now, but thanks to television, we’ll have her forever." - Bob Hope 

"Ricky, guess what? The baby laughed right out loud! I made a funny face and he laughed at it! Isn’t that intelligent?"

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Lucy and Ethel go to charm school.

"I kept waiting for Ethel to say trick or treat!"

Lucille Ball during the filming of Lover Come Back (1946)

Nothing! I just love you, that’s all.

Lucille Ball on the cover of Silver Screen Magazine, Sept. 1943

Lucille Ball taking a skating lesson at the Radio City skating rink , New York, 1937 (via)


Lucille Ball in a publicity still for Easy to Wed by Clarence Sinclair Bull, 1946

Ladies of Old Hollywood by the amazing Niagara

Pictured are: Marilyn Monroe, Joan Crawford, Lucille Ball, Rita Hayworth, Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Russell, Veronica Lake, Clara Bow, Carole Lombard, Barbara Stanwyck, Jane Russell (again), Jean Harlow, Marlene Dietrich and Merle Oberon.

Lucille Ball