Laughing with Lucy: My Life with America’s Leading Lady of Comedy

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Laughing with Lucy: My Life with America's Leading Lady of Comedy

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.

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Lucy fans will love: • How the writers dealt with Lucy’s real-life pregnancy without ever using the “p” word on-air • That elements of Desi and Lucy’s real life were mirrored in the scripts • Details from Davis’s own past and how they made their way into the show (Mertz was the last name of Davis’s neighbors growing up in Indiana) • Nearly 100 photos, from classic moments in Lucy’s TV shows to never-before-seen backstage shots

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