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Laughing with Lucy: My Life with America's Leading Lady of Comedy Hardcover – September 1, 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Fans who have read Geoffrey Mark Fidelman's exhaustive The Lucy Book or Jess Oppenheimer's Laughs, Luck... and Lucy won't find much new material here. The lure of this volume is its amiable and knowledgeable authors: Davis and her longtime writing partner Carroll co-wrote virtually every episode of I Love Lucy and continued to write on all of Lucille Ball's sitcoms through 1986's Life with Lucy. The duo gently clarifies tales that have become exaggerated over the years (e.g., Vivian Vance's contract did not stipulate she weigh 20 pounds more than Ball) and offers amusing examples of script shorthand (e.g., "SPIDER" meant Lucy should make her "eeuh!" sound). They praise Desi Arnaz as a staunch defender of his writers and an unsung behind-the-scenes innovator. Ball was "a beautiful clown" and a perfectionist, but, they cryptically note, "everyone is complicated, and Lucy was more complicated than most." Although tales of working with Ball take up the majority of the book, Davis also offers a fascinating look at being one of the few female comedy writers working on radio and TV in the 1940s and '50s, and lightly touches on her post-Lucy successes writing/producing Alice. (Sept. 30)
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Lucy fans will love: How the writers dealt with Lucys real-life pregnancy without ever using the "p" word on-air That elements of Desi and Lucys real life were mirrored in the scripts Details from Daviss own past and how they made their way into the show (Mertz was the last name of Daviss neighbors growing up in Indiana) Nearly 100 photos, from classic moments in Lucys TV shows to never-before-seen backstage shots
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I have always considered the story of Lucy and Desi one of the great love stories of the 20th century, and so I was hoping to read more about their relationship and their ultimate divorce, but there is none of that in here. The author just skips right over with little more than one sentence.
Nevertheless, I'm glad I have the book.
A lot of interesting tidbits. We used to watch this on Monday nights. The whole family git around the TV and made popcorn. A bonding experience. It started out with the Bell Boy crying,
CALL FOR PHILLIP MORAYESS!!!
Then the Theme Music!
the best comedy show ever and that includes the writing. I always
wondered just who these superb writers were. Now I have found out
due to this excellent book. The show was so very funny, you do
wonder what people wrote the lines but then you also know that
they had to have Lucy. Her timing was better than I ever seen in
any actor and actress. Thank you, Madelyn, it was indeed a joy
to read your rememberances.
of her writers of long-standing? No. She's so fair and generous with her
stories. If you are looking for dirt..forget..she's not interested in writing
about the bad times. I'm glad too!