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Lucille: The Life of Lucille Ball

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  301 ratings  ·  16 reviews
From her childhood, when abandonment stirred in her a relentless drive for love and attention, through her struggling years in vaudeville, radio, and films to the stormy personal and professional relationship with Desi Arnaz that made her a star and a business mogul, this definitive biography of Lucille Ball tells the complete story of a complex and passionate woman. Photo ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 28th 1995 by Hyperion (first published 1994)
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This was a good book to know more about the actress's life. It was a bit surfacey and didn't have much reflection in it but not terribly written. There was so much about contracts and the way deals worked for Desilu that didn't interest me very much. I will be interested to read her autobiography and see a different perspective.
Cosmic Arcata
I loved hearing about how much she liked to play and win at scrabble. Also her very conservative approach to business...or maybe that was both of them together.
Mar 31, 2008 Graceann rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Die Hard Lucy Fans
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I need to dig into my library for more books on Lucille, Vivian, and William Frawley (I read Desi Arnaz's "A Book" many years ago), because this title was far from definitive. I think that Lucille, like Buster Keaton, is still waiting for that perfect author to come along and give us a well-researched, well-written, even-hand
Best bio of Lucy, hands down.
This was a detailed biography of one of my favorite people. I knew most of the details of her life but this book filled in the few holes in my knowledge. The narration was okay but some street names were not pronounced correctly . . . now I know what people whose first language is not English think when the hear names and words mispronounced in those languages. After listening to this audio offering I wanted to get out my I LOVE LUCY DVD's and watch them all over again.
Kathy G.
Kathleen Brady did a fantastic job with Lucy's biography. It told a sad and believable account of her life. It was tedious, in some places, with all the business side of Desilu, but intersperced were stories that broke it up. In all, I enjoyed this book and was glad I read it.
May 07, 2008 Erika rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lucy lovers, feminists
For Lucy fans, this is an absolute treasure. This book contains facts that previous authors have long since abandoned. However, it doesn't feel like useless information. It feels like things I should have known. Things EVERYONE should know, about Lucy.
Great read. Hard to put down.
Lucille Ball is my hero and this is well written, but the fact that the biographer portrayed her as a bit of a monster was very upsetting. I just don't want to believe half of what the author had to say-I don't think she fell enough in love with her subject.
I would have never guessed the events that took place in her life - exaggerated or love lucy! Great read!
An enjoyable read if you are a Lucille Ball fan. If not, you might not find it very engaging.
This book chronicles the life of one of America's funniest female comedians, Lucille Ball.
I love this lady...great bio about!
All I can say is I just love lucy!
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