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Love, Lucy (Berkley Boulevard Celebrity Autobiography) Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1997


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  • Series: Berkley Boulevard Celebrity Autobiography
  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (October 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425177319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425177310
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although Lucille Ball died in 1989, this autobiography written prior to 1964 has only recently been discovered among her papers. She describes a childhood deeply affected by her father's death and her mother's withdrawal from her life. Raised by her grandparents, Ball craved attention and developed a tempestuous, vivacious, fiery, and yet insecure personality that would later lead her to comic stardom. It took years of working from the bottom of show business before she became a television hit, with the help of her husband, co-star, and business partner, former Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz. Ball abandoned the book for fear of hurting Arnaz, although she gives him credit for the tremendous success she enjoyed with "I Love Lucy." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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... a warm, conversational memoir, full of light and laughter. -- The New York Times Book Review, Marilyn Stasio --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Loved this book, very well written.
Lorraine Allan
I am an avid collector of I Love Lucy and Lucille Ball memorabilia.
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You can almost hear her voice as you read through the lines.
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82 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Kevin Sowell on March 19, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have been a major Lucille Ball fan for many, many years now. I read this book through with great interest. This is Lucy's story as she recorded it many years ago. It details her childhood, and desires for becoming a star. It talks about most, if not every movie and television show that she did. There are some great stories about William Frawley and Vivian Vance, from I Love Lucy.
It goes through her meeting Desi Arnaz, and their entire relationship. She covered the good as well as the bad. Of course, there are stories about their children as well.
One of the most interesting facts that I noted when reading the book, was the fact that the names of Friends or important people from her past, were used as names of friends in I Love Lucy, the Lucy Desi Comedy Hour and I believe even some in The Lucy Show. One example is Lillian Appleby who was a former teacher, and another is Marion Strong, who was a good friend.
As I read this book, I could hear Lucy's voice coming through the pages. If you are a true Lucy fan, you should read this book!
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Chandani on April 25, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
and not in the twisted, fabricated words of someone else. This is the ONLY autobiography Lucille Ball ever wrote, so it is a real treasure.From the minute you open the book till the time you close it, you hear Lucy's voice guiding you through her life. When you start to read it, after a few moments, your voice just sort of drowns out and Lucy's voice takes over. Relive with her her happiness and heartache, her loves and hates, her triumphs and failures. I actually felt her love for her kids and Desi. It just came shining through. The hardest part of reading this book is putting it down after you're done and realizing that that the voice you just heard is truly silent forever. But you can hear that wonderful voice anytime you please simply by just opening this heartfelt, extremely moving and touching look at Lucy's life as she saw it. She doesn't give very many details, simply for fear of hurting certain people who were still alive and whom she still cared for, but she gives enough to paint you a really good picture. I can see why Lucy would've wanted to abandon this great book, because she didn't want to hurt anyone, but I'm so glad it was finally found. Even though Lucy's body isn't here any more, you can see her in her prime whenever you feel like a laugh just by turning on the TV, and reading her own words and feelings in this book. Finally, here is a book about her without all the lies and gossip. This is the total truth, but she was never cruel or mean. She was tactful in her choice of words. This book is a must read, if not must have, for any Lucy fan.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lucy's #1 fan! on March 12, 2000
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WOW! I have never read such a good book. I own this book, and I read almost everyday. It is one of the most moving books I have ever read. Lucy's voice comes through loud and clear; you feel as though she were talking to you personally. It is a facinating account of a legend's restless childhood in Celeron, New York, her job modeling at Hattie Carnegie's, her move to Hollywood to make her dreams come true,her tempestuous but extremely passionate marraige to Desi Arnaz, her incredible I Love Lucy success, the crumble of her marraige and their Desilu empire, and her life after I Love Lucy and after Desi. This book is so intense, I actually cried. It was obvious that even after she and Desi divorced and she married Gary Morton, he was still her one true love and they still loved eachother very much. This is the one and only memoir Lucille Ball left for her adoring fans, so if you ever get the chance to read this book, take it! It's amazing how vividly Lucy recalls her whole life up to 1964. I am so glad this book was finally found in 1996. Here is Lucy's story, the REAL story, in her own words.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Abby E. Gale on February 27, 2005
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I truly enjoyed this book, as did my 88 year old grandmother and 66 year old aunt. Lucy has always been like a favorite family member. This book makes you feel like she is speaking in her own words and we are so glad her family decided to publish it. Contrasted againsted The Book by Desi Arnez, made it even more interesting. This book gave personal insight to the struggles Lucy faced in her childhood, an endurance driven by the need to be loved, and her strong work ethic. Far less juicy and business detail oriented than The Book, it mirrors the same respect and love Lucy and Desi shared even after they divorced. Lucy was a true lady. It did not take much reading between the lines to see she was mindful of Desi's feelings and privacy while telling her story.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 31, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There are so many books out there that try to tell the story of Lucille Ball's life. But what book could better tell the story of Lucy's life better than Lucy herself?! This bbok is absolutely fabulous! Lucy not only gives you a journal of her life - when she made movies and shows and what they were about - but, because she is looking back on her life, she tells you what she thought of her life and how she thought it would be handled better. Kind of like her "secrets to life". Though the book goes only from her birth in 1911to around 1970, Lucy really details her life to what the public would like to know including her marriages to Desi Arnez and Gary Morton, her childhood and her life away from making the people of America (and all over the world) laugh, at her homes in Beverly Hills, Palm Springs and a ranch in Chatsworth. She also tells about her relationships to other stars and how they used to hang around each other and have fun together.

This book is truely a great book that any person remotely interested in Lucille's life will enjoy. You can believe every word of it as you can her Lucy's voice through it all! I read the book three times straight through and sometimes, when I'm board, I pick up in the middle and enjoy it for hours. You will love this book!
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