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Love, Lucy

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  7,596 ratings  ·  638 reviews
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

The one and only autobiography by the iconic Lucille Ball, hailed by TV Guide as the "#1 Greatest TV Star of All Time."

Love, Lucy is the valentine Lucille Ball left for her fans--a warm, wise, and witty memoir written by Lucy herself. The legendary star of the classic sitcom I Love Lucy was at the pinnacle of her success when she sat down to re
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Published August 14th 2018 by Brilliance Audio (first published 1996)
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Karyn There are some sad parts, but not enough for me to get teary eyed while reading it. I'm sure you could expand on those parts if you were to peform.
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There are some sad parts, but not enough for me to get teary eyed while reading it. I'm sure you could expand on those parts if you were to peform.
It is told in first person so I think it could work. I really enjoyed this memoir, she was such a strong woman that never gave up, loved her family more than words and always tried to see the best in people. I learned so much about who she really was underneath the humor and slap stick comedy of I Love Lucy.(less)
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Tina
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short and sweet book! I grew up watching, "I Love Lucy" re-runs with my Grandparents and subsequently, "The Lucy Show" and "Here's Lucy." All the recent talk about a Lucille Ball movie had me wondering more about this iconic comedienne.

This is an interesting type of memoir because a manuscript and recordings was found tucked away in a drawer only after Lucille's passing. I listened to the audio version and it is read by Lucie Arnaz her daughter and boy does she sound like her Mom! She explains
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Chrissie
The manuscript for this book was discovered after the death of Lucille Ball (1911 – 1989). Along with the manuscript were accompanying tapes.

Lucille writes / speaks of her youth, family and career. Of her father who died when she was four, of the time spent with her puritanical Swedish step-grandparents and then later with her maternal grandparents. It is not long-winded. Did you know of her fear of birds? Yet she adored her pets—dogs, cats, chickens and hens. It covers her life up to the year
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Lisa N
Dec 31, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I grew up on reruns of “I Love Lucy.” She is one of my all-time favorite entertainers. I think she is the best comedian ever. She did not have to be crude to be funny. I still occasionally watch old episodes of the I Love Lucy show. I remember crying in 1989 when I heard that she died.

This autobiography covers her life up until about 1964. Her children found the manuscript in a dusty box some years after her death, and it was published in 1997. Once I could get past the opening sentence that wa
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stephanie ✿
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
If you're picking up this book it's because you have a love for Lucy strong enough to get you interested in her life and how she got to where she got. At least, that's certainly why I picked it up. Even only being eighteen, I realize what a wonderful woman Lucy was and will forever be. I grew up watching her show with my Ma and to now be sitting down, years later, reading her book is incredible. I cracked up at certain parts, I got sad during others, but I was always interested in what she had t ...more
Howard
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars for Love, Lucy (audiobook) by Lucille Ball read by Lucie Arnaz. This is such an amazing story. The lost autobiography of Lucille Ball. She dictated this book a long time ago and then shelved the project. Her daughter decades later found the manuscript and tapes while managing her mom’s estate. She finally had her mother’s side to so many stories. The audiobook is extra special because Lucille Ball’s daughter reads the book and wrote the forward to the book explaining how the book came to ...more
Sean Peters
Another celebrity autobiography read, another okay book.

Love Lucy by Lucille Ball. Interestingly the daughter(Lucia Arnaz) found the rough edition of this book in her belongings, while sorting out all her positions.

Interesting, sometimes funny, sometimes very honest, we all think a celebrity life is all good, but sometimes they are fighting and working hard for stardom, and Lucy spent many years fighting to get better roles, Hollywood did not know what to do with her at first.

Stardom came with t
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Jessika
Jul 29, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, memoir
I'm desperately trying to think of a way to start this review without saying something about loving Lucy.

But you know what? Whatever. I'll say it.

I love Lucy.

I loved reading her autobiography, too.

From the very start, I was pulled into her story. In her very own words, readers get to learn what makes Lucy tick and where she got her start. The one thing that struck me about her was her determination and her confidence. Lucy had to work and work hard to reach success, unlike so many Hollywood
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Jim
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, television, audio
I grew up a huge fan of I Love Lucy, so this was right up my alley. Ball wrote (dictated) this book during the 60s, then for whatever reason decided not to publish it and put it away. It was found by her kids in the 90s and released then. It's a not a very deep look at her life story, but to hear it all in her voice is very interesting.

We get stories about the beginning of the TV show and Desilu, and that's the biggest reason I wanted to read the book. But the best parts of the book were her you
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Nola Lorraine
When Lucille Ball passed away in 1989, she was only weeks away from starting work on an autobiography with a co-writer. It was thought that she'd died without the opportunity to present her own version of her eventful life. However, some years later, her children discovered an unpublished manuscript in amongst documents kept by her lawyer. It turns out that she had written her autobiography with the help of another writer, but had shelved it in the early 60s because she didn't want to hurt her e ...more
Michelle
Jul 20, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I already admired Lucille Ball before I read this book. After learing about her early years I grew to greatly respect her too. She was an amazing woman.
Rachel
Jun 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok, I'll be honest with myself for a moment. Is this really a 5-star book? No. But, I don't care. Everything Lucy is 5-stars.

The most moving part of the book for me is when Lucy begins to lament about her divorce from Desi. I knew that they divorced and this was not news to me. But their divorce from Lucy's own point of view? In a word, devastating. Haha
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Jeannie
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read other biographies of Lucille Ball and Desiz Arnez,but this one by Miss Ball herself was interesting because after growing up watching her on tv,I know her voice pretty well,so it was if I could her her speaking and even imagine her facial expressions. The book like her tv shows and movies was very intertaining. ...more
Taylor Reid
Aug 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When it comes to beauty, talent, and sheer determination, it doesn't get much better than Lucille Ball. In her autobiography Lucy shares what it takes to make it up the mountain, how she navigated the Hollywood blacklist, and some of the torment and heartbreak of her marriage to Desi Arnaz." ...more
Carrie Poppy
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful!
Jammin Jenny
I really enjoyed this autobiography of Lucille Ball. I used to love watching The Lucy Show so it was kind of like visiting with old friends. I listened to the version narrated by her daughter, Lucy Arnez. Great narration too.
Mimi 'Pans' Herondale
This book was great, and since I'm a big fan of the "I Love Lucy" show I've been looking forward to reading it. But it did make me very sad reading about there divorce and problems through marriage. I don't think that I will ever look at the show the same way. ...more
Tifnie
Feb 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobiography
...because I never missed an I Love Lucy episode, well, rerun anyway.

I truly enjoyed reading this book. It was unfortunate that Lucille Ball stopped writting in 1964, 54 years into her fabulous life. Even more unfortunate is that this autobiography might never have made it to print if it weren't for her two children, Lucie and Desi Jr., who found it by accident after Lucy passed away in 1989.

Lucy was a pioneer in her time. She didn't succumb to the infamous casting couch, illicit drugs and alcoh
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02Jazlyn S.
Aug 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-reports
title:love lucy
author:lucille ball
pages:256
on december 14th 2010 i received this book on my birthday from my grandmother, oh how i was thrilled to get this book in my hands i started to read it ammedently,this book is about lucille ball and growing up as a little girl in jamestown new york she talks about her exsperence of losing a father,grandmother,aunt as a child and how she hoped to find somebody to understand her,how she started modeling for a living and on her way to stardom,how she met de
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Pat
Apr 27, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I Love Lucy!

This book covers Lucille Ball's life up till 1964 or so. She describes her childhood, her career and the divorce from Desi Arnaz. This book was conceived after her death when found among her estate was a manuscript. It was dated 1966. Lucille Ball died in 1989. The manuscript was based on tape recordings that Lucille Ball had made in anticipation of a memoir that she decided not to finish. Lucille Ball probably shelved the project because she didn't want to hurt Desi so soon after th
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Stephanie
Feb 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank goodness this little treasure was found and released for all to read! This was such a delightful and interesting read and I was terribly disappointed when I encountered the last page.

Just as her daughter remarked in the introduction of the book, Lucy's stories are truly written as if she's right there telling them. You can tell that the material on her tapes was very thoughtfully and thoroughly preserved in the translation to print. It covers her life up to 1964 (it's truly a shame that s
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Lindsey
It was really good to hear Lucille Ball's story in her own words. This autobiography tended not to talk about most of the harder times in her life, other than with a gloss over. She avoided talking much about the problems she had with Desi, although she did acknowledge that there were lots of problems. She seemed to try not to paint Desi or anyone else badly, which is admirable, but can lead to a less interesting book. I found the book interesting and her voice pleasant, although I would have lo ...more
Karin
Imagine Lucie Ball's surprise when she found the typed manuscript for her mother's memoir, which was written in the 1960s. Lucille dictated it and had a professional writer type it up, but then never bothered to try to get it published. You can read more about that in Lucie's introduction.

I think there are few Americans or Canadians over, I don't know, 30 or 40, who haven't heard of I Love Lucy, because it has aired on reruns for decades and is talked about a lot, but I could be mistaken on the
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Dele Haynes
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This wonderful telling of Lucy's life was almost lost to history, until her daughter, Lucie Arnaz found the tapes Lucy had recorded. Lucy tells us in her own words about her early life and the beginning of her award winning career.

Lucy takes us on the journey of her early life in Jamestown NY, all her ups and downs and the beginning of the drive that will lead her to Broadway and eventually to that new invention, television. Lucy started in New York taking what ever job that was available, mostl
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Katherine "Kj" Joslin
Read by Lucy Arnaz with a foreword by Lucy Arnaz as well. I just adore Lucy and this was a gift from her to her fans. She never told anyone she had written it and it was found many years after her death. What a wonderful autobiography.
Lydia
Jul 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
I've heard a lot of the stories before but there were a lot more and they were all so much better from her perspective. Very sad at the end too. ...more
Diana Long
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
24. This memoir wasn't discovered until well after her death when her children were left with the task of going through their mother's things. They had no idea that she had left this behind and after reading it decided they would have it published to share with the world. Lucille only wrote on this memoir until Desi Arnez, Jr. was about the age of 10, she stopped writing and decided to put it off since she didn't want to hurt her ex husband since it went into the painful areas of their marriage. ...more
Anastasia
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love, Lucy by Lucille Ball is an autobiography of the great comedienne discovered by her children after her death. I loved the book, finding it difficult to put down. Growing up with the show, it was interesting to read of her life and early struggles. Brilliant and compelling.
Holly
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
My grandmother got me started watching I Love Lucy more than 10 years ago. And because of my grandma, I really and truly love Lucy, but I did not know much about her life before I read this book. I bought this book at Universal Studios Orlando when i walked into the Lucy Tribute.



Lucy had a truly wonderful, unique story to tell, and I am so glad her children decided to publish this book. It really does read like Lucy is telling you her life story. I laughed multiple times throughout the book, and
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Angela
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Just, wow. Lucille Ball was an amazing woman. This book is so approachable and you really feel for her as she discusses the good times, the bad times, and how she was feeling as it happened. Not once does she throw Desi under the bus, which in all fairness she could have. It's obvious they loved each other, even if they didn't necessarily like each other, which I think a lot of people can relate to within their own families. Frankly, the only critique I have for this book is that I wish Luc ...more
ilovebakedgoods (Teresa)
I really enjoyed this glimpse into the life of Lucille Ball. This book covers mainly her childhood, early years as an actor and then her marriage to Desi Arnaz and a little bit about the I Love Lucy TV show. I wish that Lucille had written more about her life after her marriage to Gary Morton but maybe she had intended to and just never got around to it. I really admire and respect her as a woman and a person after reading this account of her hard-working family life and humble beginnings. Sound ...more
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Lucille Désirée Ball was an American comedienne, film, television, stage and radio actress, model, film executive, and star of the sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show and Here's Lucy. Lucille Ball was one of the most popular stars in America during her lifetime and had one of Hollywood's longest careers. She was a movie star from the 1930s to the 1970s, and appeared on te ...more

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