While our Featured Betty column shows off women who are currently doin’ their thing and doin’ it well, we wanted to give a nod to the Classic Betties. The Classic Betties are women who were pioneers and paved the way for women in 2014 to have a career that floats their boat, whatever that may be. Here are a slew of reasons why we love Lucy.
There was a time when “doing what you love” wasn’t really a thing, especially for a career, and especially for women. So when Lucille Ball made a name for herself as a comedienne in 1952, it wasn’t just her signature stunning red locks that turned people’s heads.
“I’m not funny. What I am is brave”, said Lucy. And boy was she ever. She appeared in more than 75 films over almost 20 years before creating the now iconic TV show, I Love Lucy. (Think about that the next time you consider giving up after a single puny setback.)
After I Love Lucy hit the airwaves, she became a queen of firsts. Get this- she was the first visibly pregnant woman to appear on television. (Though who know how that happened because on the show, Lucy and her husband Desi had separate twin beds.
In 1962, she became the first woman television studio owner. Did you know that if you’re a Trekky, you have Lucille Ball to thank for it? The then brand new show Star Trek was on the chopping block, until Lucy stepped in and convinced NBC to take it on for another season.
Who else loves Lucy?
She racked up 14 Emmy nominations in her career, along with four of those little gold statues for her over the fireplace. The Kennedy Center loves her too, honoring her for her contribution to entertainment. America hearts this fiery haired funny girl too; in 1989 she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
So, what advice does Lucy have for women entrepreneurs?
“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”
“It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.”
Lucy’s secret to life
“The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.”
What’s your favorite memory of Lucy? Share in the comments below!