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…)
Editorial Review of The Lucy & Desi Collection starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, courtesy of Amazon.com
Besides making television history as the producers and stars of television’s immensely popular I Love Lucy and The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, Lucille Ball and her husband, Desi Arnaz, starred in three quite agreeable feature films. The Lucy & Desi Collection includes the trio, all in excellent shape, plus a handful of nifty special features of archival interest. Many fans of Arnaz and Ball have probably seen one or both of the movies the duo made in the 1950s, at the height of their TV success: the 1954 The Long, Long Trailer and Forever Darling.(more…)
A Book, by Desi Arnaz
In short, A Book is Desi Arnaz‘ autobiography. Desi tells his life story from his early life in Cuba to his early experiences in America, becoming a musician and a celebrity. Everyone knows how he met and fell in love with Lucille Ball — a very true love story. But not everyone knows how frequently he cheated on Lucy. And Desi writes about his infidelity — not bragging, but ashamedly — and how he kept doing it.(more…)
Forever Darling (1956) starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, James Mason
Forever, Darling a very sweet movie, and very funny as well. I enjoyed it, and hope that you do as well.Frankly, Forever Darling is one of my favorite Lucille Ball movies. The basic premise is that biologist Lorenzo Xavier Vega (played by Desi Arnaz) has grown apart from his wife Susan (played by Lucille Ball). He has thrown himself into his work. She has thrown herself into the social scene.
Nobody says the words “thinking of divorce” but then, nobody really needs to, either. By this point it should be obvious that this is not an offshoot of I Love Lucy. Although there are, indeed some similarities later on. But first, this marriage needs God’s help to avoid divorce. And He provides it, in the form of an angel that only Lucille Ball can see, played by James Mason.(more…)
Desi Arnaz is best known for his role as Ricky Ricardo, Cuban bandleader husband of Lucy Ricardo on the classic American television series, I Love Lucy. But among other things, Desi Arnaz was a musician, recording artist, television producer and director. But his story begins with his birth in his beloved Cuba, before the regime of Fidel Castro.(more…)