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I Had a Ball: My Friendship with Lucille Ball [NOOK Book]

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"Knowing how much Mom liked Michael Stern, I knew his book would be honest-and it is. I HAD A BALL is full of stories no one but Michael would know. His friendship with Mom is evident on every page. A good read. Thank you Michael."

-DESI ARNAZ JR .


"Michael's memories are my memories, only clearer. What ...

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Overview

"Knowing how much Mom liked Michael Stern, I knew his book would be honest-and it is. I HAD A BALL is full of stories no one but Michael would know. His friendship with Mom is evident on every page. A good read. Thank you Michael."

-DESI ARNAZ JR .


"Michael's memories are my memories, only clearer. What a talent for details! It was very moving for me to relive so much of our lives through Michael's eyes. Very entertaining. Charming. And, more importantly, true. As Mom wrote on one of her photos to him, 'Happy Thoughts.'"

-LUCIE ARNAZ


In 1971, ten-year-old Michael Stern thought he had died and gone to heaven as he watched a filming of Here's Lucy. He was enthralled with a redhead gifted with beauty, stage presence, and the ability to make others laugh. Over the next few years, he would attend several more filmings, meet Lucy, and eventually become (in Lucy's own words) her "number-one fan."


In his memoir, Michael Stern offers a refreshing glimpse into the life of a natural comedienne and actress as he provides a fascinating narrative on what it was like to become first a fan and then a friend with one of the biggest television personalities of all time. Known to fans simply as Lucy, she entertained millions of people across the world with shows like I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, and Here's Lucy. But to Michael, who was eventually allowed access into her private world, she was a fascinating woman with whom he would share many unforgettable adventures.


I Had a Ball is a unique tribute to Lucy's legacy, her spirit, her talent, and her enthusiasm for life-sure to entertain Lucy fans, television aficionados, and comedy lovers around the world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781450287296
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/14/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 521,504
  • File size: 3 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2012

    Lucy!

    I am a true Lucy fan andThis book is a great insight to Lucy's life! I felt like I was there! Wish I could have met her! She was truly a comedic genius!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    Similar to another lucy book...

    While i loved reading this book and would highly recommend it (especially if you are as big of a lucy fan as this author and myself)- it is very similar to a book i read about 8 years ago by lee tannen; called i loved lucy. I finished this book in 2 days and thought it was great, as i love reading behind the scenes lucy anything...but i couldn't help but wonder that these 2 authors both had a very close relationship lucy in the later years of her life. Both attending shows with her, going to her house and having close relationships with her family members- but yet they never talk about one another. They are both talking about the same years- so it has me curious. All in all- i did enjoy this book and would tell any "true" lucy fan to read it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    It bored me.

    This book was all about Michael. Hardly anything about Lucille Ball. He followed her around and served her, but the book did somehow make me see how these stars will take advantage of their admirers. I guess it makes the fan feel important somehow. So the book was rather educational in that respect.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    Lucil Ball


    Every one should love lucy I like the chocolate factory the best
    It is on halmark channel from 5 to 8 am or 830 am on New Hampshire,s metv (channels 298 or 308) it was on cbs untill 10 years ago I think so enjoy I love Lucy or the Lucy show you can buy it at your local target or walmart from Thomas Weigler

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    Not Impressed

    I'm sure this book is great if you wanted to know Lucy from a fan's standpoint.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    Who doesn't love Lucy

    Great read about a lady we all miss. Interesting insight.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    Wonderful!

    This was a great book! What Stories! All Amazing! I loved reading every page! What a Lucky Man Michael Stern is to have had such a friendship with Lucy! I loved all the stories, couldn't get enough! I tore through this book in less than a day! Thank you Michael Stern for sharing your wonderful stories with us!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    Only recommended if you are a real Lucy fan and completist in collecting Lucy memorabilia

    This book is essentially a labor of love re-telling of a young man's infatuation and lucky chances at getting in to see tapings of the "Lucy Show" back in the 60's/70's. It really does not give a whole lot of insights on Lucille Ball herself, except to show that she (and people like Gary Morton, DeDe Ball, Desi Arnaz, Sr and Lucie Arnaz, among many others) was a truly gracious lady who gave a starstruck young man the chance to be her friend. Another actress might have been put off by his obvious obsession with her, but Ms. Ball slowly allowed him further and further into her universe. While the book is rather amateurishly written, it is not an unpleasant read (and very quick read, too). It does, however, contain many pictures of Ms. Ball and her family and friends/associates which a fan will find enjoyable to own.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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