But Lucy Ricardo was a tremendous inspiration to me. I grew up watching I Love Lucy, The Lucy & Desi Comedy Hour, and The Lucy Show. The first two, however, influenced me greatly. Lucy Ricardo was someone was repeatedly told "no," and to not reach for her dreams. And she ignored everyone who tried to hold her down.
She had big aspirations of being a star, and to also meet them. Lucy Ricardo loved the celebrity culture, and wanted desperately to be apart of it. I totally understand how she feels. These feelings and aspirations were treated as being unreasonable, but no matter what, Lucy never gave up. She met the celebs she intended to meet, and even got a taste of stardom in her own right by starring in some shows. Of course the bigger roles were cocked up (i.e. the Italian film and the Hollywood role of featured extra with the giant head piece), but she still mad the opportunity cross her path.
Thank you, Lucille Ball. I wish I'd gotten the chance to have met you.