July 29, 2007

16 Lucille Ball Quotes to Celebrate Her Birthday

What better way to remember Lucille Ball on her birthday, August 6th, than with some famous and humorous Lucille Ball quotes? Few women will ever enjoy the fame and adoration experienced by this American icon. Let these 16 famous quotes remind us of just how unique and fabulous Lucille Ball truly was.

1. "I think knowing what you cannot do is more important than knowing what you can do. In fact, that's good taste."

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

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

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

5. "If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more you do, the more you can do... and don't you forget it!"

6. "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."

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

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

9. "Life's a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!"

10. "Women's lib?...It doesn't interest me one bit. I've been so liberated it hurts."

11. "How I LOVE LUCY was born? We decided that instead of divorce lawyers profiting from our mistakes, we'd profit from them."

12. "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."

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

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

15. "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced."

16. "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."

Lucille Ball truly was an inspiration. Not only was she one of the most powerful women in Hollywood in her day, she was also a true class act and a genuinely good person. These 16 Lucille Ball quotes remind us just how much of a difference one person can make in the lives of many.

For more famous quotes, check out the popular famous quotes section at Famous-Quotes-And-Quotations.com, a website that specializes in 'Top 10' lists of quotations in dozens of categories.

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July 25, 2007

Lucille Ball Comes in Behind Bush?

In tonight's final show, "The Next Best Thing: Who is the Greatest Celebrity Impersonator", the winner took home $100,000.

It began with the 10 season finalists, Tina Turner, George W. Bush, Blue Suede Elvis, Lucille Ball, Paris Hilton, Little Richard, Barbra Streisand, Heartbreak Elvis, Robin Williams and Frank Sinatra.

These 10 performers were voted on by America and it came down to the top 5 performers. Lucille Ball made it into this elite list along with both Elvis', Frank Sinatra and George Bush.

I was personally hoping Bush didn't even make it this far, anyone who can impersonate this abysomal failure of a human who has destroyed America's standing in the world and caused the destruction of a country as well as our very own Constitution shouldn't be imitated but repudiated.

But that being said, Lucille Ball's Suzanne La Rusch came in fourth place behind Bush then Blue Suede Elvis. The runner up was Frank Sinatra and the winner of the $100,000 cash prize was Heartbreak Elvis.

Sometimes laughter isn't enough but Lucy will always be admired and loved throughout the world.

Every Documented Story on Lucy Donated to Lucy-Desi Center

The Lucy-Desi Center is the recipient of three large binders with hundreds of clippings from the local Jamestown, New York, newspapers that document every mention of Lucille Ball up until 1974. These were collected by area resident Duane Johnson. Mr. Johnson’s story was reported today in the Jamestown Post-Journal.

Duane Johnson, pictured here holding one of the binders containing the newspaper clips, started out reseaching the Jamestown native's stories from local newspapers. His research has filled three binders of Lucille Ball news clips from 1930 through 1975.

Although he has made this wonderful donation of his time and materials to the Lucy-Desi Center, he isn't completed yet. He is continuing his research with several years of newspapers to go through yet, all the while enjoying his endeavors into one of Jamestown's most famous red-head, Lucille Ball.

July 16, 2007

Lucille Ball Impersonator Goes to Finals

For those who have been watching "The Next Best Thing" on ABC Wednesday nights, the finalists have been selected for a chance at the $100,000 dollar prize. Impersonator, Suzanne La Rusch who performs Lucille Ball was one of the 14 performances to go onto the finals.

July 11, 2007

I Love Lucy Charactor Actor, Charles Lane, Has Died

Charles Lane, who turned 102 this past January, has passed away this past Monday, July 9th. Charles Lane played Lucy's business manager on I Love Lucy as well as in the classic episode where Mr. Lane played the expectant father in the waiting room the same night Ricky Ricardo waits for the birth of his son in "Lucy Goes To The Hospital". He also had a recurring role on The Lucy Show as Mr. Barnsdahl.

His passing was announced by his son, Tom Lane, who was speaking with his father at the time of his death. He was laying in bed and he just closed his eyes and passed away around 9pm.

More on the passing of Charles Lane may be found at:

The NY Times, by Robert Berkvist

Child of TV, television critic, Brent McKee

TV Series Finale

The Associated Press, Bob Thomas

I Love Lucy - Complete Series Special Box Set

The entire I Love Lucy series is currently available on DVD separately by season as well as by Complete Series as offered on Amazon.com through the "Everything Lucy" store. But don't let that stop you from thinking special collectors series won't be released!

Coming on October 23rd, this entire series will be available and packaged in a very unique collectors' edition! This special edition is being developed by CBS/Paramount and includes everything previously released plus the long-lost I Love Lucy Movie, which will either be on this set or released separately. Gregg Oppenheimer is working with the executives of CBS/Paramount on the contents for this new DVD package.

Lucy Episode on List of 30 Funniest

The I Love Lucy Vitameatavegamin episode "Lucy Does a TV Commercial" is chosen by The Paley Center for Media (formerly The Museum of Television and Radio) as #4 on its list of the 30 funniest episodes in the history of television.

The Paley Center for Media convenes media leaders and the public for programs that illuminate the immense impact of media—in all its forms—on our lives, culture, and society.

I Love Lucy Rated Tops

I Love Lucy has been rated at the top of a list of shows that have influenced the direction and viewership of TV by Ron Martin, contributor to 411mania. As he states, "Certain shows come along that change the way we watch TV. Sometimes, the show is designed to do just that. Sometimes, the show just does."

Besides Lucille Ball opening the door for women on TV and Hollywood, the column explains that the show, I Love Lucy was the first to use a Three Camera technique still in use today in front of a live audience. Prior to this, only one camera was used and the shows were recorded in New York and then broadcast to the rest of the country with canned laughter in the background.

Although there were leading ladies on TV and film prior to Lucy, she was the one that made us look at a show where the main character was not a man, but a female. Lucy was accepted in an era of male dominated characters and was one of their equals. She also broke the conservative stagnation where pregnancy was not mentioned let alone seen. What were we thinking back then? Why was America embarrassed about something that has been since the beginning of time? The roots of Conservatives viewing Sex as abhorent goes beyound this post!

I Love Lucy has stood the test of time and is still on TV today over 50 years from when it first aired. That alone says enough.

July 06, 2007

Lucy's Appearance with Danny Thomas

According to TV Shows on DVD, S'more Entertainment has made a deal to distribute Season 6 of "Make Room for Daddy".

These 32 episodes include the follow-up episode from the Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, "Lucy Makes Room for Danny" that featured Lucille Ball and Danny Thomas. Lucy appeared on Danny's show, as many celebrities did back then, in response to appearing in her show.

Danny Thomas's 'Make Room for Daddy' series inherited the 'I Love Lucy' time slot - Monday Nights at nine - when the half-hour sitcom went off the air in 1957. When Thomas originally agreed to do his series for the fall of 1953 (for ABC), he went to Desilu for production assistance and utilized their exclusive three-camera technique. Desi Arnaz had been trying to get Danny Thomas on the 'I Love Lucy' show since 1955, but, at that time, there existed a sponsor conflict - 'Daddy' was bankrolled by a competing cigarette company.

The Season 6 DVDs will be remastered from the original broadcasts rather then the syndicated versions. The specials on the Discs will be interviews with Marjorie Lord, Tony Thomas and Sid Melton who appeared regularly in the series, as well as a photo library from the show. The season includes guest appearances by Jack Benny, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Tony Bennett, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Dinah Shore, Bob Hope Frankie Laine and a 5 episode story arc featuring Annette Funicello.

July 03, 2007

Legendary composer Jerry Herman Talks About the Movie "Mame"

Miami Herald staff writer Steve Rothaus interviews Jerry Herman on his take on Lucy's abilities in what was supposed to be Lucy's movie comeback after I Love Lucy.

As most I Love Lucy fans know, the redhead couldn't sing. Her Mame songs had to be cobbled together note by note. We all thought maybe she should be dubbed, but because it was Lucille Ball, and everybody knew what she sounds like, I knew it would be more honest not to.

Continue to read the interview from The Miami Herald.

Lucy Look-a-Likes and Family Fun in Grape Stomping Event

Who hasn't wished they could experience the fun and just plain goofy exhilaration of squishing a bucket of grapes beneath their bare feet on a summer's day. Well, now's your chance. The annual Family Harvest and Grape Stomp will take place on Saturday, August 25, from 2-6 p.m. at Irvin-House Vineyard, the Charleston, SC area's only domestic winery and vineyard. There will be live music, tastings, and even a Lucille Ball look-alike contest. Join in the wholesome family fun at this free event and take home some delicious wine to toast the memorable occasion.

Lucille Ball's Granddaughter Inspires Children's Book

When children’s dance studio owner and teacher Amy Arnaz was looking for inspiration for a book to teach values, she had to look no further than to her daughter, Haley. The result is The Magic Tutu, a gorgeously illustrated children's book about a young dancer who discovers the true meaning of kindness.

The wife of Desi Arnaz, Jr., Amy Arnaz tells the story of Haley, a young ballet dancer who grapples with jealousy, forgiveness and the gift of a magical tutu.

As Ms. Arnaz notes at the book’s web site, “The Magic Tutu was originally a ballet I wrote for the youngest members of our non-profit Boulder City Ballet Company (BCBC) in 2003. The little girls who danced in the ballet were ages 3-8 and they received ‘Bravos!’ from the audience after all three, sold-out performances.

“Magic Tutu fever spead thru our little town of Boulder City, Nevada. Everyone loved the story of the little blonde ballerina with brown eyes who had to wait until she was seven years old to open a present Grandma gave her when she was born. The ballet included enchanting children’s songs. Many families asked me to turn The Magic Tutu into a book so their children could experience the story again.....so I did!” Ms. Arnaz has also produced CDs of the music plus Magic Tutu dolls and t-shirts.

As one reviewer noted, “Children will adore the cheerful photos and the warm-hearted story, and parents will cherish the very special messages about honesty and strength of character. A story as classic as The Nutcracker, this book is sure to be a cherished edition to any home or school library.”

Amy Arnaz danced with the San Diego Ballet Company and the Nevada Dance Theater. She had her own dance studio in Boulder City, Nevada, for 27 years. The founder of the Boulder City Ballet Company for children, she is the recipient of many awards, including Outstanding Contribution to Culture and to the Youth of Boulder City award and the Spirit of Nevada Award. She lives in Boulder City, Nevada with her husband, Desi Arnaz, Jr., four cats and a dog.

All profits from The Magic Tutu book and merchandise sales go directly to the non-profit Boulder City Ballet Company, founded by Amy and Desi Arnaz in 1998 to provide a loving and magical environment where little girls could discover the enchanting world of ballet.