A Few of Her Favorite Things: Lucille Ball

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Why We Love Lucille Ball

A perfect combination of beauty and brilliance, the name "Lucille Ball" has become almost synonymous with the term "screwball."

But the woman was more than just a funny redhead--she was intelligent, at times serious, and of course, a comedic genius.

And we love her for all of those things.

We aren't alone. In the book Desilu: The Story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Desi said:  "Lucy was the show. Viv, Fred and I were just props. Damn good props, but props nevertheless. P.S. I Love Lucy was never just the title." 

Makes me get goosebumps just thinking about that kind of affection.

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

I Love Lucy inspired so many of us, cheered up a dreary day, and let's face it -- if it hadn't been made, the world would seem a little less bright. It's something to think about, especially when taken in the context of the beautiful, but tragic friendship between Carole Lombard and Lucille Ball that inspired its creation.

Maybe some things are just meant to be. 

Today we celebrate Lucille Ball’s birthday by learning about the things she loved. 

Lucille Ball’s Favorite Things

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The Italian Movie

I always find it interesting to know which roles movie and TV stars loved most from their work -- The Italian Movie episode was one of Lucille Ball’s favorites (and it is free to stream on Amazon!).

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Lucille Ball’s Favorite Flower: Yellow Roses

Lucille Ball and Bette Davis share this favorite thing!

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Cabaret

Judy Garland was one of Lucille Ball’s favorite actresses, so perhaps Liza Minelli's starring role played a part in her affection for this film.

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Franks 'n Beans

Now you know what to make the next time you are sitting down for an "I Love Lucy" marathon!

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Henry Fonda

It is fitting to me that Lucille Ball loved Henry Fonda -- if you haven't seen Yours, Mine, & Ours do yourself a favor and watch it ASAP. It's only a few bucks on Amazon streaming. Money well spent.

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Lucille Ball’s Favorite Hobby: Backgammon

She was good at it too!

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Florida Water

It is said that Lucille Ball’s last words were, "My Florida water", in response to being asked "Is there anything you want?

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Margaritas

Journalists that visited Lucy at home said she could often be found whipping up one of her favorite "slushies" -- a margarita.

 
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Van Cleef & Arpels

This jewelry brand has showed up in several of Lucille Ball's estate sales, such as this one here.

Curious to know the favorite things of some of your other favorite actresses from the Golden Age of Hollywood? From Audrey Hepburn’s favorite food, to Grace Kelly’s favorite poem, or Marilyn Monroe’s iconic red lipstick, I’ve done the work for you and gathered it all in one place. So what are you waiting for? Channel a bit of Hollywood starlight for your next party or maybe just for your next night out on the town.

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Several notes in the spirit of doing the right thing... Lucille Ball didn't necessarily endorse any of the products listed here, but based upon my research I do believe she really loved these things. That said, if you buy from any of the links included above rather than going straight to the vendor site from Google or another search engine, I may get a portion of your purchase at no cost to you.