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Desilu: The Story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz Paperback – August 2, 2011

4.6 out of 5 stars 192 ratings

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“Well researched and toughly sympathetic” (The Boston Globe)

“Excellent” (Entertainment Weekly)

“A page-turner of the first order ... Desilu is good, gritty, fair but strong and bottom line -- a gripper.” (The Hollwood Reporter)

“Provide[s] fresh insights into the performers’ personalities . . . Fans of the Lucy show will find Desilu fascinating.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

“Lively and informative ... A thoughtful, candid look at one of the world’s most loved, most watched comedy teams -- (The Houston Post)

Filled with juicy details, quotes, backstage insights, rare photos . . . The best bio about America’s red-topped funny lady ever” (Beverly Hills (213))

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The behind-the-scenes story of television’s happiest couple, and Hollywood’s most tumultuous marriage

The magical union of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz created I Love Lucy—the greatest, most enduring situation comedy in television history. Yet the overwhelming pressures of fame, backstage battles, oversized egos, and Desi’s philandering and drinking led to the destruction of their star-crossed, tempestuous marriage—but never their love for each other.

This new edition of Desilu features a special commentary by Pulitzer Prize-winning TV critic Tom Shales, and includes a brand-new preface and never-before-seen photographs. Written with the close cooperation of family members, including Lucy and Desi’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz, Desilu is the most candid and balanced inside account of Lucy and Desi’s celebrated, but ultimately tragic, relationship—as well as a fascinating look at the legendary Desilu Studios and the fabled golden age of television.


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  • Item Weight : 1 pounds
  • Paperback : 416 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0062020013
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0062020017
  • Dimensions : 6.13 x 1.04 x 9.25 inches
  • Publisher : Dey Street Books; Expanded ed. edition (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
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