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Kanfer opens with a brief recounting of Ball's tragic childhood (her father died of typhoid when she was 3 years old) and her early career as an unintentionally starving model in New York City. The significant portion of the book begins, however, when Ball gets her first offer for a stint of film work in California and finds herself launched on a moderately successful film career. Here Kanfer provides details of the inner workings of United Artists, Columbia, and RKO as Ball does battle with Ginger Rogers, Kathryn Hepburn, and a host of other young actresses struggling for screen time. But, as Kanfer notes, it was in television that Ball made her great mark, starring with her husband Desi Arnaz. I Love Lucy debuted in 1951, and readers will delight in Kanfers behind-the-scenes details of the shows production. The first situation comedy to be filmed before a live audience, Lucy offered countless challenge--technical, professional, and personalfor the volatile couple.
Kanfer argues that Ball is one of the few truly enduring television personalities to emerge from the early years of television. His book, entertaining as it is educational, does much to secure her legacy. --Patrick OKelley
Early in the run of "I Love Lucy, Ball" gave co-star Vivian Vance a hard time. Vance decided, "If by any chance this thing actually becomes a hit and goes anywhere, I'm... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Pageturner in NYC
I liked the book. Lucille Ball is one of my favorites. She was a true genius and also had her flaws.Published 18 months ago by mary ellen powers
Many Ball fans don't like this book. Most claim it's either unfair, inaccurate or just plain boring. In total, I don't understand the harshness of some towards the book. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Gregory L. Dolce
Like many others I became a Lucy fan after watching reruns of her show "I Love Lucy" growing up. Read morePublished 21 months ago by MReader
There is nothing new to read here - no new revelations - no new insights into Lucille Ball - but turning the pages passed an evening. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Biddy Mulligan
The initial narrative was well written and held my interest. Later on i was reading listings of projects and co-stars with little narrative discussing their significance in Lucy's... Read morePublished on October 3, 2013 by Roady
I read Lucille Ball's autobiography before attempting this book, and I'm glad I did. It was horribly written. Read morePublished on March 18, 2013 by icerose87