Today is the birthday of one of my favorite actresses, Lucille Ball.
I love Lucy! And not just the show, although it is my favorite sitcom of all time. No, I love Lucy herself for many reasons. I have been reading about her, watching her, and learning about her since I was a little girl.
Most of us grew up watching Lucy’s show. It was always on and no matter what type of day you were having, Lucy was there to turn your day around. She was funny, sincere, fashionable, beautiful, sweet, and truly heart warming.
When I was ten years old and I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, I was scared. Devastated is probably a more appropriate word. My friends would always laugh at me because I had an “old persons” disease. Needless to say, I felt different. This was way back before the internet so there was not much information out there about this disease or anything related to it, so I was in the dark on the subject aside from side effects, treatments, etc.
I was reading a magazine one day a few years later, and I came across an article about Lucille Ball facts you may not know. I loved her, so read it. That’s when I learned she too had Rheumatoid Arthritis, and it even took her out of commission for two years. The moment I read that, I knew that if Lucy could be brave and deal with it, then so could I! This article on arthritis.about.com tells a little more about that.
After connecting with her on that, I became fascinated in learning everything I could about her. I read her autobiography, various biographies, and watched all her movies. Yes, she was even in movies! One of my favorite Film Noirs to this day is Lured which she is fantastic in!
I felt like if she were alive today, we would such good friends! She loved animals, her family, nature, and living life to the fullest. She never gave up, despite constantly being turned down again and again for jobs. She was entrepreneurial in spirit and was the first women to be the head of a production company. I connect with her on so many ways.
When my husband and I lived in California, the one thing I had to do was see her home in Hollywood, as well as her star on the walk of fame.
Whenever I am having a rough day or just need to unwind at night, I always watch an I Love Lucy episode! Although I have seen them all hundreds of times, I always laugh and connect with Lucy time and again.
In the words of Desi Arnaz- “I Love Lucy” wasn’t just a title” and it definitely is more to me too 🙂
Disclaimer: I looked up some fun GIFs to add to this post and each one made me Laugh Out Loud!