Lucille Ball is usually best remembered for I Love Lucy, her groundbreaking comedy series that ultimately made her famous. However, by the time I Love Lucy began airing, Ball had already had a long film career.  She appeared in numerous films in the 1930s and ’40s, and was a contract player with RKO and later MGM, though she never attained stardom in film, often being called “Queen of the B’s”

One of Lucille Ball’s better known films was the 1943 Du Barry Was A Lady. Most of the 18th Century inspired gowns in the film were reused from the 1938 film, Marie Antoinette.  This heavily detailed dress, designed by Adrian, was first worn by the star of Marie Antoinette, Norma Shearer in the title role.  Ball wore several of Shearer’s gowns as Madame Du Barry. 

Costume Credit: Katie S.

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"There’s something decidedly human in the story of 9 year old George Draper, who lives not far from Lucille Ball. George had always been ‘just crazy’ to have a dog, and admitted his passion to Lucille one evening when she stopped for a chat with him during the course of her evening stroll with her pedigreed pooch. Lucille bought him a dog - and ever since, he’s worshipped her as the one divine lady in the world. The other day, when Lucille was rushed to the hospital for an emergency appendicitis operation, George heard about it. He walked to the hospital, commandeered a seat in the reception room,  and refused to budge until the nurses told him the operation was over and Lucille was resting easily. Since then, he’s been a daily visitor, always with an armful of flowers - picked from the gardens of obliging neighbors." 

- 1939 press clipping on Lucille Ball (x


"I AM EVERY WOMAN" Campaign (Part One) by Yaya Dacosta.

One of my favorite things about Whitney is how she embraced and encouraged other women, urging us to love one another, appreciate one another, and see each other as reflections of ourselves.

One example of this is her music video for the song “I’m Every Woman”. In the movie “Whitney”, I perform this song , and without giving too much away, it was the scene I had the most fun shooting, and it included multiple wardrobe changes.

We thought it would be fitting to pay homage to some of the great women of the world, past and present, by literally becoming “every woman” even if just for a moment.

We teamed up with celebrity photographer, Jonathan Mannion, to capture 8 of these moments in pictures, which will be released each day leading up to the release of the movie (Saturday, January 17th).

To include all of the amazing women who have influenced and inspired me…would take a lifetime (no pun intended). The images to come are only a few of these women, alongside my copycat version of them.

(part 2)

I cured myself of shyness when it finally occurred to me that people didn’t think about me half as much as I gave them credit for. The truth was, nobody gave a damn…When I stopped being a prisoner to what I worried was others’ opinions of me, I became more confident and free.
—  Lucille Ball