Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille Ball

Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille Ball

by Stefan Kanfer
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Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille Ball by Stefan Kanfer

As a movie actress Lucille Ball was, in her own words, “queen of the B-pluses.” But on the small screen she was a superstar–arguably the funniest and most enduring in the history of TV. In this exemplary biography, Stefan Kanfer explores the roots of Lucy’s genius and places it in the context of her conflicted and sometimes bitter personal life.

Ball of Fire gives us Lucy in all her contradictions. Here is the beauty who became a master of knock-down slapstick; the control freak whose comic alter ego thrived on chaos, the worshipful TV housewife whose real marriage ended in public disaster. Here, too, is an intimate view of the dawn of television and of the America that embraced it. Charming, informative, touching. and laugh-out-loud funny, this is the book Lucy’s fans have been waiting for.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307424914
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/18/2007
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 240,607
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Stefan Kanfer’s books include The Eighth Sin, A Summer World, The Last Empire, Serious Business, and Groucho. He was a writer and editor at Time for more than twenty years. A Literary Lion of the New York Public Library and recipient of numerous writing awards, Kanfer is currently in the Distinguished Writer program at Southampton College, Long Island University. He lives in New York and Cape Cod.


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Ball of Fire 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For all of it's impressive bibliography, this one misses the Ball...there are many factual errors, and they're things that almost any reader with some knowledge of Lucy's life & career will notice right away. For example, Lucy did NOT 'argue' with William Holden in the famous Brown Derby scene...her character's name on 'The Lucy Show' was Carmichael, NOT McGillicuddy...there are more, lots of them, & they create a nagging sense of irritation that grows as the errors multiply. Also, there is a warmth that's evident in many of the books about Lucy; it's missing here, replaced with a hard-edged chilliness...'Ball of Fire' is a misfire.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book would be interesting if there wasn't so MANY details that most people have no inteest in. It goes into the smallest details, not just briefly, but many of them really boring. I'm having a hard time getting through all the uninteresting part to more important details.
blipes More than 1 year ago
Worst book ever, wasted $16. I am a big, big, big fan of Lucy and after just reading the first page of the preface I was done!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very excited to start reading this book. Unfortunately it did not stay very exciting while I was reading Ball of Fire. Although the book mentions everything including: her years starting out in modeling and show business in New York, moving to Los Angeles, meeting Desi, starting the show that became so famous, Desilu studios, the breakup with Desi, and her later years, he did not make it nearly as happy or exciting as it should have been. I had read a few other Lucille Ball books in the past, and this book just mentioned the same stories that everyone has already heard. I did not get any new incite on her life and passions. A lot of the information that Kanfer had mentioned was incorrect according to other much more reliable books and research I have done on Lucille Ball. I would not recommend this book to you if you have any knowledge of Lucille Ball at all. Kanfer does not give her enough credit for all of the great achievements to this world she has made. Instead he tries to put a negative spin on her life. Lucille Ball is the most beloved comedic actress of all times, and not nearly enough light was shown on that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like millions of others I have been a fan of Lucille Ball since childhood and I have read every book ever written of her as well as her autobiography. 'Ball of Fire' is a book that attempts to tell a story, a story that has been told a thousand times before but Kafner does not give us new insight on this very gifted womans life. On the contrary many of his 'facts' are wrong and there is a certain coldness toward Lucy. My personal opinion of course.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to disagree with the reviewers below - while they are corrrect to point out a 'chilliness' (which I think is better viewed as biographical integrity rather than hagiography), they fail to see what Kanfer points out over and over again - that there was much chilliness in Lucy. Until her death, she was always 'show biz first', she put her kids in a distant place in her life, and was a tough boss and actress. Was she talented? Beyond measure. She was the greatest female comedic actress of teh 20th century. So what if her personality had warts?
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So great!
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But ricky
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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