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The Kennedy Center Honors Lucille Ball (Pt 1 of 3)

From December 7, 1986. Walter Cronkite is host. Honoring Lucille Ball are Walter Matthau, Robert Stack, Bea Arthur, Valerie Harper, Pam Dawber, President Ronald Reagain, and a statement from Desi Arnaz, who had died of cancer only five days earlier. In Part 1, Walter Cronkite introduces the honorees and shows a recap of their evening at the White House being hosted by Ronald Reagan. The links to parts 2 and 3 are as follows: PART 2: PART 3: “I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t had this thing to keep me occupied. Desi died and my show got canceled. If I hadn’t had this, if I hadn’t this reassurance that I was still wanted, I don’t think that I could have gone on.” — Lucille Ball, speaking about the Kennedy Center Honors.
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25 Responses to “The Kennedy Center Honors Lucille Ball (Pt 1 of 3)”

  1. rickw1100 says:

    Well deserved!!!

  2. POBox1999 says:

    @4615larkc Unlike today’s sensationalist anchors/performers.

  3. 4615larkc says:

    @POBox1999 he was a man everyone loved & could trust & let enter their home

  4. MrsCullenJankowski says:

    This was just a few days after Desi Arnaz died :( Lucy is a genius.

  5. TheDeanmartinfan1 says:

    @myrnaturner geezzz dont do that you almost gave me a heart attack and i am only 13!!! lol

  6. RealTime88 says:

    @reshamari11 Great quotes. Lucy said she found herself brave but never funny. I could never understand that. She was funny, talented, AND brave.

  7. dia91101 says:

    Do you have this in it’s entirety? I would love to see it!

  8. POBox1999 says:

    Cronkite was the man! RIP

  9. reshamari11 says:

    To answer your question beachbumrc17, Madonna said that quote about Lucy when Lucy died around 1989 and they were asking all celebs to comment about Lucy on the tv show Entertainment Tonight. At that point in 1989 Madonna had been famous for about 5 or 6 years.

  10. beachbumrc17 says:

    @reshamari11 Where did you find that quote from Madonna??

  11. sugarlipz96 says:

    aw its so sad thinking that 5 days before this desi was in a coma! i miss them!

  12. myrnaturner says:

    I know, right? :) :) :) :)

  13. Erynsvoice says:

    your comment had me scared there for a second! ;)

  14. myrnaturner says:

    Lucy is so overrated. Honestly!

    Oh, I am just joshing. The woman was a true comic genius.

  15. stephenc77098 says:

    Orson Welles guest starred on I Love Lucy one episode. One day during rehearsals he was absorbed in watching Lucy go thru her scene. One of the crew asked him what had him so enthralled. Welles responded ” I am watching the greatest actress in the world perform”.

  16. shaybean54 says:

    lucille is a genius! love her and her work!

  17. gottamatch says:

    Yep thanks for the clarification, in ‘real life’ is what she meant :)

  18. shnooger says:

    She meant funny in real life. Other people who knew Judy personally also said she was funny.

  19. gottamatch says:

    Lucille said that she wasn’t funny, it was the writers on I Love Lucy that wrote the funnies for her. “Judy Garland was funny” she always said. Boy was she wrong. Judy was funny, but Lucille was just as much a natural comic! Lucille was a great actor other than a comedian too, perhaps one of the most underrated real actors ever. Thank you for posting this.

  20. 1simaddict1 says:

    Aww where did you find this? Desi died five days before this.

  21. poosaypirate says:


  22. reshamari11 says:

    “Lucille Ball was so funny that she could make you laugh without saying one dirty word. She was so funny that she didn’t have to say ANY word to make you laugh. Just thinking about Lucy brings a smile to my face. She was that good”. Those are the words said by Madonna when she was asked about Lucille Ball.

    “Lucy is my favorite”. Quote from Frank Sinatra

    “Funniest woman ever” Quote from Chris Rock

    “I used to eat my cheerios watching Lucy” Quote from Oprah Winfrey

    Enough Said.

  23. Beejjjjjj says:

    Slightly off topic, but the official unedited first season of “The Lucy Show” on DVD has FINALLY been announced. Do a search for LucyScroll, or go to this Youtube link for details: watch?v=4-ySG2nZvGk

  24. rebaluver27 says:

    I luv lucille ball!! Thanks for posting!

  25. TheCampanile says:

    Thank you very very much for posting this up! :)

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