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Lucy A to Z: The Lucille Ball Encyclopedia

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Overview

Since publication of the first edition of this book, a lot has happened. "Lucy A to Z" has found acceptance in the hearts of Lucy fans everywhere, at the Lucy-Desi Museum in Jamestown, N.Y., at the "Loving Lucy" in Burbank, Calif., and most especially online. Several fans have gone to their local libraries and seen to it that they carry Lucy A to Z.

A lovely letter from Lucie Arnaz called Lucy A to Z a "godsend" in helping her prepare for the I Love Lucy 50th Anniversary TV Special in 2001. In fact, Lucy A to Z made a "cameo" appearance during the special, in a segment chronicling Lucy memorabilia and collectibles.

During the course of the past year, fans asked whether the "next edition" could include more information on Lucy's co-stars. This was before a "second edition" had even been considered! A trip to the New York Library for the Performing Arts and a look at the clippings files for Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance convinced the author there was indeed much more information out there to be reported.

Many of the books published about Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley, and "I Love Lucy" have ignored the copious amounts of publicity material available on all those subjects. Did Lucy really love badminton? Perhaps, but at the very least there's a photo of her in the 1930s in a white badminton outfit on the court, professing that she's very good at it. That's real, after a fashion. And as a fan, it's fascinating to see what the press and studios chose to write about their stars, and how it filtered down to the public. A lot of the new entries come from publicity generated during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Most interesting to readers will be several exclusive interviews, such as the one with Jane Connell, who played Agnes Gooch in Lucy's version of "Mame" and new, detailed entries on the stage careers of the four "I Love Lucy" principals. There's a new foreword featuring an exclusive chat with the official Number one Lucy fan, Michael Stern. A special treat was the information I found on a "lost" play in which one of the major characters was based on Lucille Ball: "Nobody Loves an Albatross." Lists have been added, and added to.

The book has been slightly redesigned to make it easier to read and find the entries. But the spirit of the book remains the same: a celebration of all things Lucy, arranged alphabetically.

Lucille Ball has been a part of so many of our lives, for so long, that many of us can't picture a world without her. Give the current fractious state of our world, Lucy's legacy on film, video, and now DVD becomes even more important. Enjoy and smile, because, after all, what we're really celebrating when we celebrate Lucy is the gift of laughter."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595169771
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/29/2001
  • Edition description: Revised & Expanded
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 398
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.98 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2008

    For my money, the best book on Lucille Ball Out There!

    Everything you could ever want to know about Lucy...in one place! I bought a copy of the second edition a few years ago and liked it very much, but I was disappointed that there were no pictures inside. Well, the author has taken care of that in this new fourth edition, and then some! There are lots of pictures, many of which I haven¿t seen before. The cover photo alone is a real knockout! Not only that, but the book size is bigger and there are many more new entries. It looks like it has been totally redesigned. And if you ever needed to find out anything about Lucy, it¿s an encyclopedia format, so just look alphabetically (there¿s also a huge index). I love Lucy, and I love this book! Highly recommended.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2014

    If you love Lucy as much as I do, read this book!

    Lucille ball will be remembered forever, and this is good news for any Lucy fan,so I'm saying you have to read this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2001

    Satisfying Bio on Lucy and Desi; Cool Format

    I've always loved Lucy and Desi, and this book is jam-packed with information on their lives. It is also extremely well-written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2001

    Lucy A-Z

    I was so excited to read this new book on Lucy. It was wonderful, I loved the format in which it was written, it was very witty and the author showed his superior knowledge of Lucille Ball. There are many books on Lucy but this is a must!!!!! It will be read again and again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2001

    Lucy a to Z

    Lucille Ball fans (and who out there isn¿t one?), rejoice! There¿s a new book out celebrating the life of the world's most popular comedienne, and in a never-before-seen format: Here's ¿Lucy A to Z.¿ The year 2001 is the fiftieth anniversary of the premiere of ¿I Love Lucy,¿ the world¿s most popular sitcom. But what more can be said about Lucille Ball¿s career? Actually, according to this book, quite a bit! The author has found a unique perspective, a format that differs from other Lucille Ball biographies that I¿ve read, and one that encompasses both facts about Ball¿s life and the author's personal opinions. The one thing Lucy fans have in common is a thirst for knowledge about Lucille Ball. The author has created an ¿encyclopedia¿ to satisfy that thirst. ¿Lucy A to Z¿ covers all aspects of Lucy¿s unique Hollywood career: she moved from model to showgirl to movie bit-player to supporting actress to Queen of the `B¿ pictures, to radio star, television legend, studio head, and beloved American icon. Arranged alphabetically are entries covering the major aspects of Ball¿s life, her co-stars and her career. The ¿encyclopedia¿ format of ¿Lucy A to Z¿ makes it easy for you to speed to the topic(s) in which you¿re most interested. You may disagree with some of the opinions, but I always found them interesting. ¿Lucy A to Z¿ is a treasure of interesting facts, some minutiae, Lucy lists (of her TV Guide and other magazine covers, for example), a bit of biography here and there, even some haiku. But ultimately ¿Lucy A to Z¿ celebrates Lucille Ball¿s real legacy: the gift of laughter. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2001

    Lucy a to Z

    ¿If you need any ¿splainin¿ about Lucille Ball¿s life and career, you¿ll find it here!¿ ¿ Craig Hamrick, author of ¿The Dark Shadows Collectibles Book¿ and 'Big Lou'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2001

    If you love Lucy, you'll love this book!

    Excellent book! A must have for any Lucy fan!!!

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