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Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille Ball

by Stefan Kanfer

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"For more than fifty years Lucille Ball has been television's most recognizable and beloved face. As Lucy Ricardo she was the ultimate screwball housewife, getting herself into and out of scrapes with unmatched comic finesse. Indeed, she was so funny, and so central to the cultural landscape, that we often overlook Ball's role in shaping that turf: as producer of her own show and a cofounder of a major studio, she was a pioneer, rewriting the rules and forging new paths for women in the boardroom and on the soundstage. In Ball of Fire, Stefan Kanfer goes beyond the icon to examine the difficult life and enduring work of the most influential woman in modern American comedy."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)
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pretty interesting story of desi and lucy. they were both never as successful. reading interrupted while i was in nyc. ( )
  mahallett | Nov 25, 2013 |
I was disappointed in this book. I like Lucille Ball; I remember when she was accused of being "red" probably in 1952-53. She was a great comedienne. If only this book were as great as she. There is too much detail about every movie she was in-most of them minor movies. It only gets interesting once we get to the I LOVE LUCY show.
Others seem to like it more than I. You will have to decide for yourself. It is well written if you can slog through the details. ( )
  SigmundFraud | Jan 11, 2013 |
I learned a lot about Lucy, Ricky and even Cuba from this book. It was interesting. ( )
  BoundTogetherForGood | Jan 22, 2007 |
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"For more than fifty years Lucille Ball has been television's most recognizable and beloved face. As Lucy Ricardo she was the ultimate screwball housewife, getting herself into and out of scrapes with unmatched comic finesse. Indeed, she was so funny, and so central to the cultural landscape, that we often overlook Ball's role in shaping that turf: as producer of her own show and a cofounder of a major studio, she was a pioneer, rewriting the rules and forging new paths for women in the boardroom and on the soundstage. In Ball of Fire, Stefan Kanfer goes beyond the icon to examine the difficult life and enduring work of the most influential woman in modern American comedy."--BOOK JACKET.

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