She was pivotal in creating the television series, I Love Lucy. The show co-starred her then-husband, Desi Arnaz and ended in 1957 after 180 episodes. But in the five decades since the show’s ending, it has continued to attract a new generation of fans through TV syndication and video sales globally.
As Entertainment Weekly’s Adam Markowitz says in his “Pop Watch” blog tribute today featuring some of her more famous I Love Lucy clips, “There isn’t much new to be said about Ball’s legacy: How she defined the modern sitcom, how she paved the way for every female comedy legend — from Mary Tyler Moore to Roseanne to Tina Fey — who came after her, how her show’s popularity has outlasted all its 1950s rivals (Gunsmoke, The Honeymooners) and is still a daytime TV staple around the world.”
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Lucy and Desi impersonators.
I am devoting today’s blog post to her words — quotes she has made about success and Hollywood, the TV series and her mantra to never give up. There is much wisdom in these insightful, self-deprecating and funny quips – enjoy!
“Ability is of little account without opportunity.”
“How I Love Lucy was born? We decided that instead of divorce lawyers profiting from our mistakes, we’d profit from them.”
“I am a real ham. I love an audience. I work better with an audience. I am dead, in fact, without one.”
“I think knowing what you cannot do is more important than knowing what you can.”
“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’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.”
“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’m not funny. What I am is brave.”