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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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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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