Lucille Ball

Lucille Ball

Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an American actress, comedienne, 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.

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

I'm not funny. What I am is brave.

I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done.

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

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

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.

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

I think knowing what you cannot do is more important than knowing what you can.

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.

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

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

In life all good things come hard but wisdom is the hardest to come by.

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.

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

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.

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

Ability is of little account without opportunity.

The more things you do the more you can do.

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

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

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.

I'm happy that I have brought laughter because I have been shown by many the value of it in so many lives in so many ways.

I regret the passing of the studio system. I was very appreciative of it because I had no talent.

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