Lucille Ball Height

I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done.

Famous American actress, comedian, and singer, Lucille Ball looked tall in her movies and shows. Well, she was a tall woman for her time. IMDb lists her height as 5 ft 7½ in. This perhaps comes from Lucille's own autobiography where she stated her height just as much.

Was Lucille really that tall? In 1931 when she would be 20 years old, the average height of men in the US was no more than 5'8". So by today's equivalent Lucille would be at least 5'9".

We took a good look at Lucille Ball and compared her height to that of Judy Garland (5"), Joan Rivers (5'1"), Maureen O'Hara (5'7½"), Bea Arthur (5'9½"), and some others, and now we think Lucille in her prime would at least clear the 5'7" mark easily.

But as tall as Lucille was, her daughter Lucie Arnaz is taller at nearly 5 feet 9 inches. Also according to her, her father Desi Arnaz “was a Cuban with a Latin male's pride.” He couldn't stand to look smaller than his wife. So he made some tweaks. For one thing, Arnaz started wearing four-inch lifts in his footwear. And he gave his height as 5'11” in official biographies.

The height of Lucille Ball was

5'7¼" or 171 cm

Lucille Ball standing with Marilyn Monroe and Amy Schumer
Lucille Ball with Marilyn Monroe (5'5½"), and Amy Schumer (5'7")

Lucille Ball was a comedian, so her quotes must be gold:

Lucille Ball on loving ourselves.

Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.

Lucille Ball on the secret of staying young.

The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.

Lucille Ball on being positive.

One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn't pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.

Lucille Ball on luck.

Luck? I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked on it and I'm afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work - and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't.

Lucille Ball on what she is.

I'm not funny. What I am is brave.

Lucille Ball on recognizing a very important thing.

It's a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.

Lucille Ball on finding wisdom.

In life, all good things come hard, but wisdom is the hardest to come by.

Lucille Ball on her jokes.

I don't know how to tell a joke. I never tell jokes. I can tell stories that happened to me... anecdotes. But never a joke.

Lucille Ball on women's liberation.

Women's Lib? Oh, I'm afraid it doesn't interest me one bit. I've been so liberated it hurts.

Lucille Ball on confidence being a double-edged sword.

I'm not sure that I want to be without some lack of confidence. If you are too sure of yourself, you don't grow. You may feel confident in some things, but other fields come up as a challenge. And if you don't anticipate trouble, you will be in trouble.

Lucille Ball on knowing your limitations.

I think knowing what you cannot do is more important than knowing what you can.

Lucille Ball on laughter.

I'm happy that I have brought laughter because I have been shown by many the value of it in so many lives, in so many ways.