Laughs indeed as Jess Oppenheimer charts his rise from radio station gofer to inventor of the sitcom, as he winds up writing--then producing--Lucille Ball's show, first on radio, then on television. Luck, too, as the author recounts the good fortune that has him, within minutes of arrival in Hollywood, sitting down at a lunch counter and getting a tip that secures a job within days and a career for life. Ironic, too, that this inveterate TV writer had to be cajoled for years to set down these Hollywood heyday memoirs. He never finished, and it was left to son Gregg to complete the book. All this, plus a reproduced Lucy script, and a CD-ROM filled with famous sketches!
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Jess Oppenheimer (1913-88), creator, producer, and head writer of "I Love Lucy," had an extensive broadcast career that began in radio's "golden age," when he wrote comedy for such show business legends as Fred Astaire, Jack Benny, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, Al Jolson, Rudy Vallee, John Barrymore and Fanny Brice. His association with Lucille Ball began in 1948, when he signed on as head writer, producer and director of her radio series, My Favorite Husband. When CBS made a deal with the legendary redhead, Lucy made it a condition that Oppenheimer be in charge of the venture. He remained as producer and head writer of "I Love Lucy" for five of its six seasons, writing the pilot and 153 episodes with Madelyn Pugh Davis and Bob Carroll, Jr. After "I Love Lucy" he created and produced such TV series as "Angel," "Glynis" (starring Glynis Johns), and "The Debbie Reynolds Show." His other TV credits include "The General Motors 50th Anniversary Show," "Ford Startime," "The U.S. Steel Hour," "Get Smart," and "Bob Hope's Chrysler Theater," as well as specials for Danny Kaye, Lucille Ball, Bob Hope, Rosalind Russell, and others. He received two Emmy Awards and five Emmy nominations, a Sylvania Award, a Michael Award, and the Writers' Guild's Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Achievement; Gregg Oppenheimer began his career as an amateur humorist in 1955, after being introduced by his father to Lucille Ball on the set of I Love Lucy. Lucy kneeled down and asked Gregg, then four years old, "Where did you get those big brown eyes?" Gregg's reply: "They came with the face." Lucy nearly fell over laughing. After a brief stint as a rehearsal cameraman on "The Debbie Reynolds Show," Gregg left Hollywood and attended M.I.T., receiving a degree in Art and Design, and then the Boalt Hall School of Law at U.C. Berkeley. Gregg became a partner in the international law firm of O'Melveny and Myers in 1986. Ten years later, after completing his late father's unfinished memoir, "Laughs, Luck...and Lucy," Gregg decided to give up the practice of law in order to pursue writing and other creative endeavors and to spend more time with his wife, Debbie, and their daughter, Julie.
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