Lucille

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"A beautiful portrait of someone with enormous talent as an entertainer and heart-breaking fragility as a woman. In giving Lucille Ball the serious appraisal she deserves, Kathleen Brady has really gotten behind the scenes and the cameras to provide an invaluable chronicle of several areas and eras of show business."

- Molly Haskell
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"A beautiful portrait of someone with enormous talent as an entertainer and heart-breaking fragility as a woman. In giving Lucille Ball the serious appraisal she deserves, Kathleen Brady has really gotten behind the scenes and the cameras to provide an invaluable chronicle of several areas and eras of show business."

- Molly Haskell
"The strengths of Lucille The Life of Lucille Ball are as manifold as they are manifest. Brady is meticulous."
- Toronto Globe and Mail
"The best biography of Lucille Ball."
- Nashville Banner

In the classic 1950s sitcom that's become a part of American popular culture history, she was the ditzy, starstruck housewife with a talent for getting into trouble. Now, years in the making, this definitive biography presents an extraordinary portrait of Lucille Ball that her millions of fans never knew--culled from the recollections of her closest friends, family, and the incomparable Lucy herself. Photos.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A biography of one of television's enduring stars, chronicling her early years at Hollywood studios, her tempestuous marriage to Desi Arnaz and their triumph with I Love Lucy. (Sept.)
Library Journal
More than 40 years after the show's premiere, I Love Lucy reruns on television still attract a devoted following. Because of this interest, more than half a dozen books have been published during the past 15 years about the show itself or about Ball and husband Desi Arnaz. As a result of Brady's focus on Ball, more time is spent with her lesser-known (but hardly undocumented) film career, and the I Love Lucy show doesn't appear until halfway through her narrative. Still, there's not a lot of difference between this book and Warren G. Harris's Lucy & Desi (LJ 9/1/91) or Coyne Steven Sanders and Tom Gilbert's Desilu (LJ 1/93). All three books present the same basic facts, and all are well researched and well written. Buy only according to demand.-John Smothers, Monmouth Cty. Lib., Manalapan, N.J.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781462008612
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/10/2011
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.93 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2003

    best lucille ever

    i loved this book from beggining to end. it has become one of my absolute favorits. everyone who is a lucy fan should read it it is a lot more than biographys from t.v.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2001

    October 15, 1951

    I Love Lucy first appeared on television October 15, 1951 and introduced Lucy Ricardo to a world who seemed to be waiting for her. This biography of Lucille Ball is as thorough as it is enjoyable. Kathleen Brady does a splendid job detailing Ball's life before Hollywood and television as well as keeping this reader interested in Ms. Ball's life after television. While documenting the difficulties in the Arnaz/Ball marriage the author does so with the facts rather than unnecessary speculation. She tells this private part of Lucille Ball's story with courtesy and respect. The development of I Love Lucy, Desilu - basically inventing both the character and the medium in which Ms. Ball thrived - is an exciting read. Lucille Ball had a big busy life of early and unusual accomplishment for a woman of her time. Her story is compelling. From Kathleen Brady's introduction: 'This character remains timely not because she is subservient but because she is subversive.' WOW!

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