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Desilu

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  288 ratings  ·  19 reviews
The true, behind-the-scenes story of television's happiest couple, andHollywood's most tumultuous marriage.

Fifty years ago the magical union of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz enthralled American audiences who couldn't got enough of the fiery redhead or her sexy Cuban husband. But off camera the situation couldn't have been less comic, with backstage battles, oversized egos, d
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 31st 1994 by Itbooks (first published 1993)
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BLAH.

The title of this book is true; the subtitle is false. This book is NOT about the story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. This book is about the studio, Desilu. I'm sure for some people that's fascinating. I'm not one of them. I really could not have cared less about how many pilots they filmed that were picked up that season or who got promoted to what during the year 1964. Blech. Every once in a while we got some good, interesting information about Lucy or Desi, but it was far and in betwee
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Krissy
I don't think there is one person in the world that doesn't know the show I Love Lucy. They can imitate her laughter and her whine, she has people around the world that even impersonate her and go to conventions just to celebrate her laugh out loud comic television personality.
What a lot of people didn't know is that comical style didn't come naturally to her and that laugh riot personality wasn't how she was in the real world once the cameras were turned off.
Lucille Ball's life wasn't a barre
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Graceann
Dec 04, 2013 Graceann rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lucy Fans, Desi Fans, Classic TV Fans
Steve Sanders sadly passed away in February 2013, and I know he had other projects in the planning stages. This, however, the updated and expanded edition of a work that many already considered definitive, is a final act of which he could be very proud.

Desilu was a production powerhouse in its heyday, and Desi Arnaz was the man who made it happen. He built a studio that made Star Trek, Mission Impossible and The Untouchables possible. Without him, I Love Lucy would not have happened and would p
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Eva
I've always loved the "I Love Lucy" show and have always been interested in learning more about the couple's behind the scenes story so I finally picked up this book. While this book did a good job at explaining the business side of Desilu, it didn't really delve into the details of the relationship between Lucy and Desi, which is what I was hoping for.
Fabian
I was always fascinated about their relationship. This was 40's america and a latino married a famous white actress. That does not happen in the US. At least not in that time. The book was written in two ways. The business they started (Desilu) and their relationship. I'd say 60% focused on the business and was VERY detailed and at some points very dry. I felt like I was reading MLB stats for the 1961 baseball season.However they did a great job of explaining the powerhouse that Desi was and Luc ...more
Leslie Lamb
I actually only read a little bit of it because I got tired of the profanity. What I did like, was getting to know the people who play Lucy, Ricky, Fred, and Ethyl better. Lucy was said to be withdrawn, moody... If she was your friend, she was a great friend, but she may drop you the next minute. I loved how happy she became to be a mother. Along with loving her babies, she probably thought it would make her marriage better. I always felt sorry for her and thought Desi was horrible for being a w ...more
Lorna
This book was ... dense. That's not to say it wasn't good or interesting, but there was just so much information, close type, long chapters - it was not a quick read. And since the majority of their story took place before my time, I didn't have the frame of reference someone a little older might have. My memories of I Love Lucy come from watching the afternoon reruns in the '70s. And I am still enjoying watching them on the Hallmark channel!
Joe Pfeiler
From beginning to end, Desilu Studios was driven by the very personal journey of Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball, much more personal than I’d previously known. So what better way to tell the story of Desi and Lucy than to take a look at Desilu?

Was the name “Desilu” created for the studio? Why did they need their own studio? Why did they produce other shows and take on such tremendous growth, if their goal was simply to work together on their own show? Why didn’t they stop, sell, invest their wealth,
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Harry Williams
Great book! I am a huge fan of Lucille Ball and I Love Lucy and this book gives a revealing look at how this great (and I think the greatest) sitcom was created as nothing more than a vehicle for two people to work together and save their marriage. Needless to say, the marriage wasn't as successful as the show. The authors do a great job of getting past the legend/myth of Lucy and Desi and tell a revealing story - how deep love and passion are not always enough. The book is filled with insight f ...more
Debbie
I didn't really enjoy this book much at all. It was difficult to read and really talked more about the studio etc than Lucy & Desi
Winter Rose
A Great Inside Look!
Jessica
This book truly has all about Desilu! Unfortunatly I am not so interested in the statisics of their income per year so those parts bored me a bit. But aall in all I found out many fun facts about the couple that I didnt know before.

"Good luck on the show, honey"
Shannon Miller
I would give it 3.5 stars if I could. A lot of information about the corporation "Desilu" and not as much on the relationships between the stars.
Charlton
A little slow moving because it is sooooo detailed, but still a good book describing the journey of Desilu productions as well as Desi and Lucy.
Crystal Green
I've read this multiple times. All I can say is..if you want to know all the behind the scenes stuff about this couple...get this book.
Kay
This gives a great behind-the-scenes look at their careers and relationship. It involves so many perspectives, it's nearly unbiased!
I Love
I thought this was more of a business journal than a story kinda let down
Tammy
Picks up where Lucy's autobiography leaves off.
Joyce
I enjoyed the insight into studio running.
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