Happy 100th Birthday Lucy!

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, August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989

Lucille "Lucy" Ball

One-hundred years ago today a star, who would bring laughter to millions, was born.

Desireé Eveyln Hunt and Henry Durrell Ball gave birth to actress Lucille Desireé Ball on August 6th, 1911.

Ball would grace the silver screen as a MGM starlet, take the airwaves as a radio comedienne and the tube as Lucy Ricardo.

This unscripted observation, I just to say, ” Happy Birthday and thank you Lucy. Thanks for the laughs.”

From the LA Times

Lucille Ball would have turned 100 on Aug. 6, and it would seem that Americans have loved her for nearly that long. But in fact, it took years for audiences to love Lucy.

She had been kicking around Hollywood for nearly two decades before her performance in the seminal CBS sitcom “I Love Lucy,” which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. Her portrayal of the sweetly daffy redhead Lucy Ricardo, whose slapstick antics and schemes exasperated her Cuban bandleader husband, Ricky (real-life hubby Desi Arnaz), turned her into a comic superstar.

From L to R: (Front) Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz as Lucy & Ricky Ricardo (Back) Vivan Vance and William Frawley as Fred & Ethel Mertz

Lucy knew she had the ability to make others laugh, her daughter, Lucie Arnaz told the LATimes.

She realized, ‘This is what I am supposed to be doing.’ When she hit gold, there was no turning back. She didn’t want to prove herself as a dramatic actress. She said, ‘I found the Lucy character’ and said, ‘This is what I am.’

Ball would go on to star in four other sitcoms, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show,  Here’s Lucy, and Life with Lucy.

“I think she would, of course, be extremely honored and proud,” said Arnaz when asked what her mother would think of fans celebrating her centennial.

No words can some up the two decades of laughs “the Vitameatavegamin girl ” has provided me.  So here is one of my my favorite Lucy moments. How about working in a candy factory? Take a moment to catch a laugh.

Love, Lucy

Josh’s Note: If anyone loves Lucy as much as I do check out her autobiography Love, Lucy. It’s interesting to know the backstory as I watch any thing Lucy now.