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Madelyn and her long-time writing partner, Bob Carroll Jr., share with you their priceless moments in crafting the stories for Lucy, Desi, and cast. In Laughing with Lucy, you'll learn about the scramble to address Ball's real-life pregnancy on the show without using the "p" word. You'll also see the behind-the-scenes, painstaking work to create "spontaneous" jokes. Also, whenever an elaborate physical comedy gag was devised, Madelyn had to act it out first to be sure that a woman could perform it. Best of all, you'll be treated to Madelyn's and Bob's fond memories of the partneship between Lucille Ball, the consummate perfectionist, and Desi Arnaz, the charmer. In Laughing with Lucy, Madelyn looks back with wit and affection on her many years working with Lucy, Desi, and other entertainment legends, and the adventures that came her way as a television pioneer.
Posted June 16, 2006
This is a book to reach for if you are feeling down---it is a real pick-me-up book. A light-hearted, funny, and tasteful account of behind-the-scenes TV comedy. I always liked the characters on 'I Love Lucy'. It was nice to know they were good, likeable people in 'real' life too. It seems everything and everybody associated with the product called 'I Love Lucy' was talented. Good job on the writing of 'I Love Lucy' and good job on this book!
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