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Love, Lucy

by Lucille Ball

Other authors: Lucie Arnaz (Foreword)

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Love, Lucy is a great book to learn about the personal side of Lucille Ball. It’s a memoir, although published after her death when the manuscript was relocated among her possessions. Much of it is taken up with Desi Arnaz. He was a big part of her life and a vehicle for accomplishing her dream of being a star. Her movie stardom was reached to her great satisfaction but it was her destiny to be the biggest television star of her time. I Love Lucy pioneered the three camera simultaneous recording stage, showcased Lucy as the first woman pictured on TV pregnant, and made her the first person to make a public statement on her own live program to deny that she was a communist sympathizer (Ricky did that for her). This book might be a bit slow at first (not for me) but it picks up and finishes with her patented happy final scenes. I never liked Ricky that much and always thought of the show as Lucy’s own. She says that the main idea was to have them be a married couple with Desi being a band leader and Lucy trying to get into show business by latching onto his band performances. I never got that impression. I always thought it was Lucy’s show with Desi making random appearances to show that she was actually married to someone. Lucy says that as she was in the process of finally divorcing Desi, Ethel (Vivian Vance) was going through the same thing with her real-life husband. A lot of sadness I never knew of makes this a good book but not in the gossipy sense. This is a book about Lucille Ball by herself and alludes to other people only when necessary. Compared to books now, this autobiography will probably seem very tightlipped. I didn’t know but found out that she started off as a teenage New York clothing model, became a Broadway showgirl, had an aversion to birds pictured anywhere in her home, became Catholic to please Desi, she’s not a true red-head, that Desi served in WWII as an entertainer, and that Lucy helped start Red Skelton in his career. Lucy only got into comedy film roles because she was type-cast by directors/studios as a rude, wise-cracking girl or as a prostitute and that that exhausted her performance options. This is a great book with lots of personal pictures. ( )
  sacredheart25 | Oct 9, 2013 |
The manuscript of this book, which ends in 1964, was found in a file after Lucille Ball's death by her children, who were unaware of its existence.
This was interesting reading about Lucy's early life in Jamestown, New York. She got her start in show business by modeling. She had a tumultuous marriage to Desi Arnez. She finally found security with Gary Morton, her second husband. If you are a Lucy fan, this is good read. ( )
  dara85 | Apr 17, 2013 |
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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."

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Over thirty years ago, when she was at the pinnacle of her success, Lucille Ball set down for the record the story of her life, which her son and daughter unexpectedly discovered in 1989. This autobiography up to 1964 offers a genuinely interesting picture of her life.… (more)

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