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

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Better Than Given Credit For

I have to disagree with the reviewers below - while they are corrrect to point out a 'chilliness' (which I think is better viewed as biographical integrity rather than hagiography), they fail to see what Kanfer points out over and over again - that there was much chilli...
I have to disagree with the reviewers below - while they are corrrect to point out a 'chilliness' (which I think is better viewed as biographical integrity rather than hagiography), they fail to see what Kanfer points out over and over again - that there was much chilliness in Lucy. Until her death, she was always 'show biz first', she put her kids in a distant place in her life, and was a tough boss and actress. Was she talented? Beyond measure. She was the greatest female comedic actress of teh 20th century. So what if her personality had warts?

posted by Anonymous on August 28, 2006

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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

A Misfire...

For all of it's impressive bibliography, this one misses the Ball...there are many factual errors, and they're things that almost any reader with some knowledge of Lucy's life & career will notice right away. For example, Lucy did NOT 'argue' with William Holden in the...
For all of it's impressive bibliography, this one misses the Ball...there are many factual errors, and they're things that almost any reader with some knowledge of Lucy's life & career will notice right away. For example, Lucy did NOT 'argue' with William Holden in the famous Brown Derby scene...her character's name on 'The Lucy Show' was Carmichael, NOT McGillicuddy...there are more, lots of them, & they create a nagging sense of irritation that grows as the errors multiply. Also, there is a warmth that's evident in many of the books about Lucy; it's missing here, replaced with a hard-edged chilliness...'Ball of Fire' is a misfire.

posted by Anonymous on September 17, 2003

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2006

    Doesnt express Lucy's true light

    I was very excited to start reading this book. Unfortunately it did not stay very exciting while I was reading Ball of Fire. Although the book mentions everything including: her years starting out in modeling and show business in New York, moving to Los Angeles, meeting Desi, starting the show that became so famous, Desilu studios, the breakup with Desi, and her later years, he did not make it nearly as happy or exciting as it should have been. I had read a few other Lucille Ball books in the past, and this book just mentioned the same stories that everyone has already heard. I did not get any new incite on her life and passions. A lot of the information that Kanfer had mentioned was incorrect according to other much more reliable books and research I have done on Lucille Ball. I would not recommend this book to you if you have any knowledge of Lucille Ball at all. Kanfer does not give her enough credit for all of the great achievements to this world she has made. Instead he tries to put a negative spin on her life. Lucille Ball is the most beloved comedic actress of all times, and not nearly enough light was shown on that.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    The book would be interesting if there wasn't so MANY details th

    The book would be interesting if there wasn't so MANY details that most people have no inteest in. It goes into the smallest details, not just briefly, but many of them really boring. I'm having a hard time getting through all the uninteresting part to more important details.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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