Lucille Ball, Beloved Star of ‘I Love Lucy,‘ Died 30 Years Ago Today
Lucille Ball lived a full life that involved making people smile until she passed away in 1989. Today makes it 30 years.
A lot of young people today will not know Lucille Ball, except they are into old comedy movies, but those who lived in the days when she reigned as the queen of comedy will undoubtedly remember her.
Ball died in 1989, which is precisely three decades today, and in her lifetime, she starred in the hit comedy TV show "I Love Lucy." In it, she acted opposite her husband and father of her children, Desi Arnaz.
To mark the anniversary of the comedy legend's death, the Hollywood Museum honored her with a tribute on her life and career. It is slated to run for a week, ending on May 1, and relics like the Emmy Awards she won and the famous "Redhead Room" will be displayed.
On the opening day of the tribute, Ball's daughter, Lucy Arnaz, addressed those present through a pre-recorded message. In it, the daughter of the iconic actress said her mother would be pleased to know that thirty years after she passed, a lot of people still have fond memories of her.
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I cannot put into words how proud of my baby girl (full up with her own baby!) I am for representing our family at the Remembering Lucy exhibit in The Hollywood Museum last night. I was busy trying to WOW people at The McCallum Theatre here in the desert while she effortlessly knocked it out of the park in LA. I love you, Kate Luckinbill Conner! (Video attached - full video available on Lucie Arnaz Official FB page) The only ooops was that they goofed and only played the last few seconds of my taped message. (Sad face here) Therefore, I am including it below. (Happy face here) Lucie on Lucy at The Hollywood Museum (Taped for 4/24/19) "Sorry not to be able to join you all there today in remembering my mother. I am performing tonight and we have a motto in our family: 'Gigs Win'! But, this is a wonderful tribute to her and I think that Mom would be very pleased to know that, thirty years after she 'left the building,’ she is still remembered so fondly. Lucille Desirée Ball grew up with an inordinate amount of sadness in her early life and, after all of that, all she ever wanted to do was 'make people laugh,’ to try to make their trials, their tribulations disappear for a few minutes, help them feel a little bit better. How lucky that she was able to make a living doing what she loved. And she has been parsing out that same medicine for close to seventy years. Many people have found inspiration from her professional body of work as well as courage from her personal story. But, I think what would make her most proud today would be seeing how her grandchildren have embraced …and expanded… the entire Lucy Legacy, focusing us all on the growing relevance of her and my Dad’s contributions even today. It fills my heart to see my daughter, Kate, or stepson, Nick, tell me how the show and her legacy impact their generation, bringing LUCY into this new century with such zeal, such enthusiasm. Being a generation removed, they have been able to embrace this phenomenon from a whole new perspective and breathe brilliant new life into what Lucy, Desi and I Love Lucy represent. Someday, if I write about my life, I will surely (see more in comments ...!)
Arnaz said her mother's biggest wish was to get people to laugh, even for a few minutes, as long as it helped them forget every bad thing going on in their lives. The proud daughter then acknowledged that the award-winning actress got to do that by turning her passion into a career.
Ball's daughter equally said that the deceased 77-year-old would be proud to know that her legacy extends to her grandchildren; Arnaz's daughter, Kate Luckinbill Conner, represented the family on the opening night.
Earlier today, the actress' daughter posted a throwback photo of her mother and brother, Desi Jr. on Instagram, as a way to pay tribute to her.
Fans of the comedy queen also shared some of her photos and quotes on social media. One of the quotes read "I'm not funny; what I am is brave," while another read "Love yourself first, and everything else will fall into line. You have to love yourself to get anything done in this world."
Ball, got a lot done in her time. She pioneered what is known today as "Sitcom" and is the reason the "Star Trek" franchise got a green light. The mother-of-two was equally a smart businesswoman and together with her husband, started the production company "Desilu."
They produced the first "Mission Impossible," and the actress for her contributions to Hollywood has two stars on the "Hollywood Walk of Fame."
"The Lucy Show" host was a friend and mentor to fellow legendary comedy actress, Carol Burnett, and she reportedly died on the younger woman's birthday.
Despite contributing so much to television, Ball always regarded her children as her greatest achievement, and that's the legacy that will last through every generation.