Love, Lucy (Berkley Boulevard Celebrity Autobiography)

by Lucille Ball

Paperback, 1997




Berkley (1997), 256 pages


Biography & Autobiography. Performing Arts. Nonfiction. HTML: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 record the story of her life. No comedienne had made America laugh so hard, no television actress had made the leap from radio and B movies to become one of the world's best-loved performers. This is her story�??in her own words. 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. In her own inimitable style, she tells of their life together�??both storybook and turbulent; intimate memories of their children and friends; wonderful backstage anecdotes; the empire they founded; the dissolution of their marriage. And, with a heartfelt happy ending, her enduring marriage to Gary Morton. Here is the lost manuscript that her fans and loved ones will treasure. Here is the laughter. Here is the life. Here�??s Lucy... �??The comic actress in her own words...intensley moving.�?��??San Francisco Chronicle �??Filled with light and laughter.�?��??… (more)


½ (83 ratings; 3.9)

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LibraryThing member dara85
The manuscript of this book, which ends in 1964, was found in a file after Lucille Ball's death by her children, who were unaware of its existence.
This was interesting reading about Lucy's early life in Jamestown, New York. She got her start in show business by modeling. She had a tumultuous
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marriage to Desi Arnez. She finally found security with Gary Morton, her second husband. If you are a Lucy fan, this is good read.
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LibraryThing member doggonelaura
This was a choice of my book club--I voted against it. I never thought that the physical, pratfall comedy of Lucy was that great, and am not a fan of the show. However, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it (another reason to join a book club--I am often surprised at how much I enjoyed books that I would
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NEVER have read on my own). I loved the background of her childhood--those were interesting times. And she was one determined young women--continuing to work at anything to make it as an actress. I also admired her work ethic and loved learning how Lela Roger, Ginger's mother, mentored so many young actors at RKO--that kind of gem of information was very interesting.

A good read even for non-Lucy fans!!
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LibraryThing member MizPurplest
Honestly, I couldn't even make it past the first chapter. I picked this up because of a decent review I read of it, but found the writing dull and uninspired, and I guess I'm not into Lucy enough to read it despite that... If you really love Lucy, then maybe. For me, a no-go.
LibraryThing member SumisBooks
Very awesome book. Written by the crazy red head herself and packed full of info that not many people know. I now have even more respect and love for this woman after having read this book. I dare say... I just Love Lucy 💜
LibraryThing member Nora_Reads
There is so much more to Lucy than the funny, witty, memorable comedian. She was a regular woman with hopes, dreams, struggles, fears, and daily life just like any other woman in her era.
Reading this book was a wonderful experience for me.
LibraryThing member Micareads
I Love Lucy is a show that everyone has seen at least one episode of and many have a favorite episode (the candy factory episode is mine) yet not many of us know Lucy's backstory. After her passing in 1989, her children were going through her belongings they discovered that her attorney had twenty
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recorded tapes where Lucy told her life story.

Lucy tells of growing up in Jamestown, New York until a family member offered to send her to drama school and that changed the course of her life. Lucy details her time as a background actress, becoming a leading lady, and of course, meeting Desi. While Lucy does not get into detail about Desi's affair, she does explain that the point of no return was when he could not keep his temper in check. Despite divorcing, Lucy and Desi remained the closest and friends and the best parents their children could have asked for.

As a huge Lucy fan, I have been wanting to read this for a very long time. I found her story to be interesting and informative. My favorite parts were finding out friends from her childhood ended up as characters on I Love Lucy - including the friend who originally tinted her hair red. All in all, I loved this book...almost as much as I Love Lucy.
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256 p.; 6.75 inches


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