Love, Lucy

Love, Lucy

by Lucille Ball, Betty H. Hoffman
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Love, Lucy by Lucille Ball, Betty H. Hoffman

Over thirty years ago, the undisputed queen of comedy sat down to record the story of her life. A recently discovered treasure, Love, Lucy is the valentine Lucille Ball left for her fans-the story of the ingenue from Jamestown, New York, determined to go to Broadway, destined to make a big splash, bound to marry her Valentino, Desi Arnaz. It tells of their life together-both storybook and turbulent: intimate stories of their children and friends; wonderful backstage anecdotes; the creation of the most popular show on TV; the production empire they founded; the dissolution of their marriage.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786209651
Publisher: Macmillan Library Reference
Publication date: 02/15/1997
Edition description: LARGEPRINT
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.74(w) x 8.78(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author

Lucille Ball (1911–1989) was a beloved actress, comedienne, and Hollywood icon. Best known for her eponymous role in the hit 1950s TV sitcom I Love Lucy, she also starred in radio shows and appeared in dozens of films and television shows throughout her career, winning numerous awards, including multiple Emmy Awards, the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award, and in 1987 the Lifetime Achievement Award in Comedy from the American Comedy Awards.

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Love, Lucy 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
StarrGazer More than 1 year ago
This book was written by Ms. Ball but apparently never meant to be published. She may have written it as a form of catharsis after her divorce from Desi Arnaz, but never intended to publish it because she did not want to hurt him. Ms. Ball was obviously a gentlewoman, a true lady in that she did not go into any great detail regarding the fighting or alcoholism, etc. Instead, she emphasizes the good parts of their relationship and even goes so far as to blame herself for a good part of the outcome as well. Ms. Ball gives a fairly detailed account of her childhood growing up in upstate NY and her beginnings as a fashion model, which gave her a leg up on winning bit parts here and there in early movies. Along the way, she gives an interesting picture of early New York life and how the movie studio contract system worked. She also gives insights into how "I Love Lucy" was conceptualized and refined by Desi Arnaz, whose administrative and creative talents in running the production behind the scenes was greatly underappreciated by the general public. It is a thoroughly enjoyable read and contains a number of family pictures which any "Lucyphile" will love to have. If this book had been written today, Ms. Ball would no doubt have been forced by her publisher to transform it into a lurid tell-all, but because it was penned in the early '60's (and as I said earlier, not meant to be published), she was able to keep the account pretty moderate by today's standards. Highly recommended, particularly for fans.
dmglaeser More than 1 year ago
I will keep it pithy ,Lucy is a Classic.
Straight-A More than 1 year ago
I really love this book and it is really great for Lucy fans! GO LUCY!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was great! Every page is filled with a warmth that makes you feel as if you were sitting right across Lucille as she told you her story in her own words.. it's a must for all Lucy fans!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm only 14 years old and I adore Lucy. Her autobiography brings you through her bittersweet life. The obstacles she faced will leave you speechless. There will be times when you laugh with lucy and cry throughout the entire book. It sums up her point of view and how she faced life. It is indeed a gripping novel and is a page-turner for sure. This book is filled with drama, sadness, happiness, romance, and much more. So go through the journey with the worlds funniest lady as she tells you about her incredible life right until the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Im 13 and This book was Amazing!!!!I mean through out the whole book I could hear her voice not the Lucy Ricardo voice but the voice of the real lucy!!this book really makes you look beyond the whole Lucy Ricardo cause her Whole modeling carrer and when she was a young teen cause when you watch 'I Love Lucy' It makes you think thats how they really lived and its not they had just as many problems as any other human being I know thats dumb to say but 'I Love Lucy' Really hid all the tears and fighting and drinking and cheating i mean really this book is a Great book and you dont want to miss out!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You kno im only 22 years old and alot of people in my generation dont know all that much about the Leading Lady of comedy. I started watching her series 'I Love Lucy' when i was 3 and never stopped! When i was 15 i saw her series ' The Lucy Show' When i hit 20 they released 'Here's Lucy' on dvd and i just had to know more about her so i got this book and nothing can compare because its by Lucy herself. I cried, Laughed felt her dissappointment with her failures and its the only book i own that makes me feel every emotion possible just by turning the page. Its the reality of her life and the many many things she went through in her life. Nothing else can possibly compare. Buy it and see for yourself!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I have been a great admirer of Lucille Ball for many years. Her shows and movies captivate me. I only recently discovered that she had written a book about herself. I rushed to get it and finished it in about 2 days. I couldn't put it down. I laughed I cried. I shared her happiness and her sorrow and I was so happy that this story came from her and was in her own words. I never was able to meet her seeing she died only two years after I was born. But I will always remember the first episode of 'I Love Lucy' that I watched and the first time I saw one of her films. She will always be an inspiration to me and will make me laugh forever. Thank You Lucy, wherever you are!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love Lucy, then you will love this book. It was so enjoyable to read, especially since you can picture her telling the story. I loved hearing the stories about the movie star life int he 40's..nothing can compare to that now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Love, Lucy is a wonderful book about the life of Lucille Ball. It describes her life as a child and then life in Hollywood. The descriptions and emotions are detailed and are a plesasure to read. I encourage anyone who enjoys I Love Lucy or enjoys a warm, funny, loving story to read Love, Lucy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a huge fan of Lucy and Desi, this is one of the most heartfelt books I have read on the subject. Lucille Ball went through a lot of trying times from childhood to her death, and she shares her feelings and memories in vivid account. It is a shame about how the marriage ended, but the two never forgot each other and their undying love continued. Great book!
Anonymous 6 hours ago
A wonderful book to read about Lucy and Desi. Their romance, successes, and struggles. I didn't realize how impacting they were in show biz. Very talented couple. Miss them and their comedy.
Anonymous 4 months ago
This memoir is one of the best I've ever read.
Anonymous 6 months ago
It has a slow start, and seems to bounce around too much in the beginning, but after a few chapters it all falls into place. Was quite interesting to get her truth.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I never knew how truly wonderful Lucy was. She is an inspiration and proves that you can go far beyond your dreams with perserverence and staying true to yourself. Bravo!!
Anonymous 8 months ago
This is my first review. I wasn't sure if I would like this book or not although I've always loved Lucy. But I have to say this is probably the best autobiography I've ever read! I wish she had written more but what she has written is so I opening and insightful that I just couldn't put it down until I got to the end. If you only read one autobiography in your lifetime this is the book! You won't regret it!
Anonymous 9 months ago
Very good
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What a treasure when her family found this book.
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DLV More than 1 year ago
If you are a Lucille Ball fan you must read this book. It is insightful and opens your eyes to the true Lucy behind the I Love Lucy show. Her story is touching as well as uplifting. I was specifically curious abuot her marriage to Desi and the falling out they had. All of my questions were answered. Lucy also shares much about her childhood and family which I appreciated. Don't be put off by the fact that it is an autobiography. Lucy tells her story in a truly "Lucy" way.