Every once in awhile we get the reaction, “Really? That’s really their Brain Type?” The person in question’s persona, initially, just doesn’t seem to match their inborn design. Such is the case with funny lady Lucille Ball, best known for her 1950s role in the hit TV show, “I Love Lucy.” Since then Ms. Ball’s face has become synonymous with funny. Who can forget the image of her stuffing her mouth with chocolates while working on an assembly line? In fact, it was her hilarious faces and sarcastic tones that made her so interesting to watch. While we may imagine the stereotypical #15 FCIL as a rehearsed politician or CEO, don’t forget that FCILs can have a great sense of humor, particularly due to their quick wit and charming personas (though more often prevalent in men). They are smart, and they know how to get on peoples’ good sides. Ball, however, once honestly said in her own words, “I’m not funny. What I am is brave.“ (She repeatedly auditioned in drama school in New York City, only to be told that she “had no talent.”)
Yes, #15s are brave, and such was Lucille, overcoming her natural lack of humor by working extra hard. One source writes, “Ball was a perfectionist. Contrary to perception, rarely was anything ad-libbed. It was routine for the actress to spend hours rehearsing her antics and facial expressions.” So those funny faces were well-rehearsed after all!
At any rate, an article came out last week detailing how Lucille took on her iconic roll once more at the age of 75 in the 1986 series, “Life with Lucy’. Lucy, in typical #15 fashion, was optimistic about the show, but after the negative reviews started pouring in, it was canceled after only 8 episodes, along with Ball’s dreams of resurrecting her beloved character . “After an hour, I walked out with her,” said Ball’s former publicist, Thomas Watson. “She started bawling.” Lucille would pass away only 3 years later in 1989, yet despite her final on-air disappointment, she was an off-air success as a mother and grandmother. “She wanted to be a mom … she was a really good grandma … and she wanted to be a wife. She also wanted to be an actress and a comedian, and she was determined to do it all. She was humble and she was a real person who just didn’t take no for an answer.”
A fitting tribute. While #15s are not typically described as “humble” (a credit to Ms. Ball), they certainly are “determined” and will rarely take no for an answer!
Written by: Staff
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