Lucille Ball books
reviews of books dealing with Lucille Ball, her work, her family & co-workers
Editorial review of Love, Lucy courtesy of Amazon.com
Although Lucille Ball died in 1989, this autobiography written prior to 1964 has only recently been discovered among her papers. She describes a childhood deeply affected by her father’s death and her mother’s withdrawal from her life. Raised by her grandparents, Ball craved attention and developed a tempestuous, vivacious, fiery, and yet insecure personality that would later lead her to comic stardom. It took years of working from the bottom of show business before she became a television hit, with the help of her husband, co-star, and business partner, former Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz. Ball abandoned the book for fear of hurting Arnaz, although she gives him credit for the tremendous success she enjoyed with I Love Lucy.
Product description of Lucy & Desi: The Real Life Scrapbook of America’s Favorite TV Couple
During their marriage, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz filled over 100 scrapbooks with all manner of memorabilia. Now fans can take a rare peek at the details of the famous TV couple’s lives with this fantastic replica composite. Lucy & Desi, our exclusive, real-life scrapbook of the couple’s lives, contains 25 interactive, three-dimensional paper-engineered replicas of actual items – from Desi’s report card to important telegrams – which have never been published before. Vintage snapshots of happy family moments, touching love letters, passports, and other precious minutiae, with more than 150 photographs, both black-and-white and color, fill this wonderful, engrossing look back at the golden years of television comedy, when Lucy and Desi charmed America with humor and song. This official scrapbook is a must-have for the millions of devoted fans.
Editorial review of Laughing with Lucy: My Life with America’s Leading Lady of Comedy courtesy of Amazon.com
Lucille Ball‘s comic genius made them famous, but many of the unforgettable plot lines for I Love Lucy came from the life of their writer, Madelyn Pugh Davis. In Laughing with Lucy, Davis and her long-time writing partner, Bob Carroll Jr., recount her rise in television and her many years working on the set and behind the scenes with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Lighthearted and witty, this book offers a trip back in time to the tumultuous early days of television.(more…)
editorial review of Desilu : The Story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz by Coyne. Sanders, Tom Gilbert, courtesy of Amazon.com
The true, behind-the-scenes story of television’s happiest couple, and Hollywood’s most tumultuous marriage.
Fifty years ago the magical union of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz enthralled American audiences who couldn’t got enough of the fiery redhead or her sexy Cuban husband. But off camera the situation couldn’t have been less comic, with backstage battles, over-sized egos, drinking, philandering, and the demands of phenomenal success undermining what was once a storybook romance.(more…)
Meet the Mertzes: The Life Stories of I Love Lucy’s Other Couple
Meet the Mertzes is an unauthorized biography of Vivian Vance and William Frawley. It’s the life stories of I Love Lucy‘s other couple, by by Rob Edelman, Audrey Kupferberg. It’s a very interesting dual biography of Vivian Vance and William Frawley. It deals with their lives before I Love Lucy, their work together and their personal dislike (if not hatred) of each other. And their lives and careers afterward. Extremely complete.(more…)
Book Description of Lucille: The Life of Lucille Ball by Kathleen Brady courtesy of Amazon.com
Lucille: The Life of Lucille Ball is an entertaining, informative, scholarly, and fascinating biography of one of the most revered actresses in television history. Moving beyond the typical celebrity bio, author Kathleen Brady separates the actress from Lucy Ricardo, the antic, enduring character she created on I Love Lucy.(more…)