So I realize this is quite late but it has been an insane day. Here is my #MondayMotivation from the women who have inspired me in my life!
(Instead of putting what these women have done in their lives, I am going to put the things that they taught me and the way that they inspire me!)
Katharine Hepburn - She taught me what love is. While her relationship with Spencer Tracy was one of much controversy, due to the fact that he was married… his wife and him had been living separate for several years, but she never cared what people thought of her. It was often said that she doted on him hand and foot and whenever her friends would ask why she did that, it wasn’t very “feminist” of her, she would simply answer because it made her most happy to see him happy. She taught me that I should never be ashamed of the way I love someone, even if there are many people who are telling you different!
Gillian Anderson - Obviously you all know everything there already is to know about Gillian, but a few things that she taught me is to love myself. I am not very good at it most of the time, and I definitely need to work on it but she helps me with reminding myself that I am worthy. She inspires me to follow my dreams no matter how big they are and to never give up on them. She inspires me to be kind even when that’s the last thing I want to do. That kindness and light will get me the farthest in anything I do! She also taught me to always be open to things and to be there for anyone who is in need.
Lucille Ball - “The Technicolor Tessie” the star of I Love Lucy, this woman taught me to go on no matter what happens. As a young girl, Lucille had a pretty crazy family. Her grandfather made her register as a Communist and of course she her career really took of when the McCarthy hearings were going on. Well, as a registered Communist, she raised some red flags and was accused right before she had to go on for a live showing of I Love Lucy, while she was afraid of what was going to happen to her, she went on that live stage to film her show and performed for her audience, not knowing how they would react to her after being blacklisted. This performance received a standing ovation from her audience. She taught me to never give up even if something is scary as hell!
Sandra Day O’Connor - The first female Supreme Court Justice. A women who was not afraid to stand up for what she believed. She was a small town Arizona attorney who rose to be one of the highest judges in the US. She taught me to stand up for what I believe and don’t be afraid to speak out! She inspires me because I hope to be as brave and amazing as this woman is. She was looked down on because she was a woman and she proved all the men wrong. She brought us just one step closer to breaking that glass ceiling.
Actor Gale Gordon was born February 20, 1906. On radio, Gordon is best known as the irascible Osgood Conklin, the principal of Madison High on Our Miss Brooks. He could also be heard as Mayor La Trivia on Fibber McGee and Molly; as Mr. Scott, the sponsor’s representative on The Phil Harris - Alice Faye Show; and as Mr. Atterbury on My Favorite Husband. It was the latter role that kicked off a long collaboration with Lucille Ball. Gordon co-starred with Ball on three of her four television series - most famously as Mr. Mooney in The Lucy Show. In fact, he’d been Ball’s first choice to play Fred Mertz on I Love Lucy, but his commitment to Our Miss Brooks kept him from taking the part.
Gordon was a master of the comedic slow burn, and this was put to great use on Our Miss Brooks. Conklin was frequently exasperated by the antics of his students and faculty. However, his talents were not limited to comedy. He was the first actor to portray Flash Gordon on radio, and he starred as an importer and amateur sleuth in The Casebook of Gregory Hood.
In Lucille Balle’s hometown of Celeron, NY a statue was commissioned to honor the TV star, but it was so bad it was dubbed “Scary Lucy”. The replacement statue was unveiled yesterday, here’s the after/before.
He wanted to be here tonight. I’d like to read something that he wrote:
‘I Love Lucy’ had just one mission: to make people laugh. Lucy gave it a rare quality. She can perform the wildest, even the messiest physical comedy without losing her feminine appeal. The ‘New York Times’ asked me to divide the credit for its success between the writers, directors and the cast. I told them, ‘Give Lucy 90% of the credit. Divide the other 10% among the rest of us.’ Desi concluded: Lucy was the show. Viv, Fred, and I were just props. Damn good props. But props nevertheless. PS- ‘I Love Lucy’ was never just a title.
-Desi Arnaz’s tribute to his ex-wife Lucille Ball, read by Robert Stack at the Kennedy Center Honors on December 7, 1986, five days after Desi had passed away from lung cancer.