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Meet the Mertzes: The Life Stories of I Love Lucy's Other Couple
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Meet the Mertzes: The Life Stories of I Love Lucy's Other Couple

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by Rob Edelman, Audrey Kupferberg
 

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Meet the Mertzes is an expansive dual biography chronicling the lives of two of America's most popular situation-comedy actors, William Frawley and Vivian Vance, who portrayed Fred and Ethel Mertz on I Love Lucy. This meticulously researched book contains interviews with Frawley's and Vance's colleagues, friends, and relatives, and explores their

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Meet the Mertzes is an expansive dual biography chronicling the lives of two of America's most popular situation-comedy actors, William Frawley and Vivian Vance, who portrayed Fred and Ethel Mertz on I Love Lucy. This meticulously researched book contains interviews with Frawley's and Vance's colleagues, friends, and relatives, and explores their personal and professional lives before, during, and after I Love Lucy. With a complete filmography and videography of each, Meet the Mertzes finally sets the record straight on the lives and legacies of these compelling stars who detested one another.

You'll learn about:

-Vance's successful Broadway career prior to I Love Lucy
-Frawley's vaudevillian roots and his passion for baseball
-Vance's nervous breakdown after the collapse of her first marriage
-Frawley's drinking and carousing
-Lucille Ball's caustic relationship with both of her costars
-Vance's hatred of being known to the world as Ethel Mertz

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“She's one of the finest gals to come out of Kansas, but I often wish she'd go back there.” —William Frawley on Vivian Vance

“I loathed William Frawley and the feeling was mutual. Whenever I received a new script, I raced through it, praying that there wouldn't be a scene where we had to be in bed together.” —Vivian Vance on William Frawley

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580630955
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
482,152
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

Meet the Author


Rob Edelman and Audrey Kupferberg authored Angela Lansbury and The John Travolta Scrapbook. Edelman wrote Baseball on the Web and Great Baseball Films. He is also a contributing editor to Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide annual and Movie Encyclopedia, and is a freelance writer. Kupferberg is a film archivist, consultant, and researcher. They reside in Amersterdam, New York.

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Meet the Mertzes: The Life Stories of I Love Lucy's Other Couple 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
3hearts More than 1 year ago
As a lifetime watcher of I Love Lucy series, this book is very helpful to meet the Mertzes. It is truly researched and develops the characters behind the actors very well. You can see Ethel as she was off screen, edgy, anxious yet perfection at its best and Fred, dry, funny and "don't really care about nothing" attitude!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is outstanding i thought the Mertzes where a really cute couple even thought they didnt act like they loved each other but thats ok!!There both very funny and they make me laugh till i cry!!!Im the #1 Lucy fan!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
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